Annabel is a social anthropologist based at the James Hutton Institute in Aberdeen. She received her PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2011, and has held postdoctoral posts at CRESC, University of Manchester and ILAS, University of London. Her research has focussed on social, political, and technological change in Latin America and in Scotland – particularly in local and community-based settings.
From 2014-16, she formed part of the EU project, Towards European Societal Sustainability (TESS), researching community-led transition initiatives in Scotland. In 2015, she began a three-year Leverhulme Trust fellowship exploring the effects of energy decentralisation and local participation in wind power schemes across several sites in Scotland, but with a particular emphasis on the Isle of Lewis. The research considers how local actors navigate existing regulatory, political and technological dynamics in pushing forward off-grid and community-owned turbine projects, or in negotiating meaningful local benefits arising from large-scale commercial windfarms.