Anna is currently pursuing an ESRC-funded PhD in the School of Education at the University of Nottingham, working title: The nature and measures of success in university partnerships across the income divide: A comparison study between Nepal and Malawi

Anna is also an Honorary Associate of the Open University, working on research interests with the Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies. From 2014-2017 she was Deputy Director (Academic) of the International Development Office at the Open University, with oversight across all programmes. The IDO works on projects that support lifelong learning in developing nations, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals, dealing with teacher training, child rights, higher education capacity building and more.

After starting out as a lecturer in mechanical engineering, Anna's early research area (most of which is published as Anna Peachey) was in online presence and student community, which transitioned into innovation in higher education for development.

Anna has edited 3 books, written 12 chapters and delivered a wide range of other papers, conference presentations, seminars etc. She has been an expert/invited speaker at multiple global and UK conferences.