Anna joined the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies (OSGA) in 2009, jointly appointed by the School of Geography and the Environment. She has a PhD in Anthropology from Oxford University; an MA in Chinese Studies and a BA in Anthropology, both from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. She has previously worked in Manchester and at Oxford's Institute of Chinese Studies.
In 2013, Anna was awarded Philip Leverhulme Prize in Geography. She is Director of the Leverhulme Trust project ‘Circuits of Waste and Value: Making E-waste Subjects in China and Japan. Leverhulme Trust Project Grant’ (RPG-2014-224, £322,557), which employs two research fellows, Peter Wynn Kirby and Yvan Schulz. Previously, her work has been funded by the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, the Leverhulme Trust, the British Academy, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the British Inter-University China Centre (phase 1 and 2) and the Social Science Research Council.
Anna teaches mainly on the MSc in Contemporary Chinese Studies (OSGA) and the MSc Nature, Society and Environmental Policy (SoGE). She offers a graduate elective course on China's environment and environmental movements, and co-founded the interdisciplinary graduate elective 'Health, Environment and Development', run jointly by SoGE, the School of Public Health and ODID. She supervises dissertations on contemporary China (particularly health, illness and healthcare, social change, social justice and environmental issues) as well as on environmental justice and environmental movements in other regional contexts.