Annie Edwards

Research Assistant, Cultural Heritage Framework Programme | Blue Humanities Editor and Partnerships Coordinator, seavoice


Annie is a Research Assistant on the Cultural Heritage Framework Programme with the University of Edinburgh, an official action of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, and works with Edinburgh Marine Archaeology across their challenge-led projects including Rising from the Depths. Annie holds an MSc in Marine Systems and Policies from the University of Edinburgh, during which her dissertation research highlighted the role of Marine Cultural Heritage in the sustainable co-management of fishing in marine reserves, through a qualitative analysis of fieldwork conducted in SE Scotland and NW Spain. Additional research focuses include community-led solutions, sustainable marine development, equitable policy implementation, public outreach and education, bio-cultural heritage, and coastal resilience and adaptation.


Annie is also the Blue Humanities Editor and Partnerships Coordinator at seavoice, a magazine delving into the intricate relationship between culture, climate and water, further supporting the Cultural Heritage Framework Programme and UN Ocean Decade. Annie brings extensive experience in strategic communications and marketing, leading the public relations for Polar Bears International for over five years on behalf of Fabric Media, which has taken her to the subarctic and Arctic. Working closely with scientists and key stakeholders, she’s built relationships with top-tier reporters, filmmakers, and brands to publicise science, policy, and climate solutions. Annie received her BSc in Business Administration from the University of Southern California in 2015, and began her career with Fabric Media in Los Angeles, working with companies in technology and entertainment, while launching Fabric Studios LA, where she curated and hosted community events across activism and the arts.