Rob Cramb studied agricultural science at the University of Melbourne. He lived and worked in Sarawak, Malaysia, for six years, first as an Australian volunteer, then as a consultant. He later returned to Sarawak to undertake fieldwork for a PhD in development economics and Southeast Asian studies through Monash University. In 1987 he joined the University of Queensland as Lecturer in Agricultural Development, teaching agricultural economics to Australian and international students and working on collaborative research projects throughout Southeast Asia. He retired as Professor of Agricultural Development in the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences in 2019. In 2020 he was made a Distinguished Fellow of the Australasian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society. He has written Land and Longhouse: Agrarian Change in the Uplands of Sarawak (NIAS Press, 2007) and edited The Oil Palm Complex: Smallholders, Agribusiness and the State in Indonesia and Malaysia (NUS Press, 2016) and White Gold: The Commercialisation of Rice Farming in the Lower Mekong Basin (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020). In retirement, he is turning his hand to writing fiction, children's stories, and an account of his grandfather's experience of WW1.