I am an anthropologist interested in the social worlds of humans and other animals. My early work led me to Harar, Ethiopia, where I spent 15 months among a population of 100,000 people and 200 spotted hyenas who coexist relatively peacefully. Currently I’m interested in relations between large carnivores, farmers, and their livestock. This is taking me to two different fieldsites – Australia and Ethiopia – where I’m looking at the ways that pastoralists, livestock animals, and large carnivores navigate complex relationships which in evolutionary terms are quite novel. What will emerge from this research? I have no idea. All I can guarantee is that there will be mistakes and beer.