Anne J. Kantel studied Governance and Public Policy (Bachelor of Arts) at the University of Passau and holds Masters degrees in Political Science (Freie Universität Berlin) and International Affairs (American University, USA). In 2019, she successfully completed her PhD in International Relations at the American University in Washington, DC. Her dissertation focuses on processes of de-legitimization of fisheries and land policies in Uganda. As a PhD candidate, she conducted long-term field research in Uganda in 2015 and 2017 and was a visiting PhD researcher at UNU WIDER in Helsinki, Finland, from September to November 2017.
From 2013 to 2017, she worked as a research assistant and adjunct faculty in the Global Environmental Politics and Global Governance research clusters at American University (USA). From 2019 to 2021, she worked as a social policy advisor at Sozialverband Deutschland in Lower Saxony. Since October 2021, Anne Kantel is a senior scientist in the business unit Actors and Acceptance in the Transformation of the Energy System at the Competence Center Energy Technologies and Energy Systems at the Fraunhofer Institut for Systems and Innovation Research.