Han van Dijk is an anthropologist. Having studied forestry, his research now focuses on political decentralization, land tenure, natural resource management and farmer-herder strategies in response to climate variability and development policy. These topics revolve around the interaction between society and the environment and the social and political struggles arising out of such interaction. Han van Dijk, a researcher at the African Studies Centre, was appointed Professor of Law and Governance in Africa in the Department of Social Sciences at Wageningen University in September 2004. He is still attached to the African Studies Centre as an anthropologist specializing in forestry and enviromental issues for four days a week.