John Davies (Sudan Studies Editor) was appointed Assistant Lecturer in Geography at Khartoum University in 1955. He was particularly involved in the mapping of Sudan's First Census of 1955-56. His main research interests subsequently have been in the interplay between people and environment in drylands. In 1960 he joined the Geography Department of University of Wales Swansea but continued to visit Sudan almost annually from 1967 to 1991 whilst working on a joint project between Swansea and the University of Khartoum. He has also carried out research in other parts of Africa.