Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society

Breadcrumb Navigation

Anna Antonova

Dr. Anna Antonova

Director of Environmental Humanities Development


Rachel Carson Center
Leopoldstr. 11a, 2. OG, 246
80802 Munich

Phone: +49 (0) 89 / 2180 - 72360

Anna S. Antonova joined the Rachel Carson Center as researcher in residence in 2019 and took up the position of director of environmental humanities development in 2020. She studies social and environmental change in the contemporary European context, particularly in coastal landscapes, and examines the relationship between societal transformations and environmental governance in the EU. Her research is highly interdisciplinary, combining approaches from the environmental humanities, critical policy studies, and political ecology. Anna was previously a Marie Skłodowska-Curie research fellow as part of the ENHANCE network at the University of Leeds, where she wrote her dissertation on the conflicting narratives about environment and society emerging from the Yorkshire North Sea and Bulgarian Black Sea coastlines. As part of her commitment to connecting her scholarship to tangible social and environmental concerns, she values collaborative work with nonacademic partners and disseminates her research widely, not only in peer-reviewed publications, but also in a variety of other media formats.

Selected Publications:

  • "Blending Environmental Humanities and Policy Studies: A Narrative Analysis Approach to Hybrid Scholarship on the Coast.” In: M. Gustavsson, C. White, J. Phillipson, and K. Ounanian (eds), Researching People and the Sea: Methodologies and Traditions. Palgrave Macmillan (2021): 285-308.
  • with A. Rieser. “Curating Collapse: Performing Maritime Heritage in Iceland’s Museums and Tours.” Maritime Studies 18 (2019): 103-114. 
  • “The Rhetoric of ‘Responsible Fishing’: Notions of Human Rights and Sustainability in the European Union’s Bilateral Fishing Agreements with Developing States.” Marine Policy 70 (2016): 77–84.
  • “Reforming EU Participation in Fisheries Management and Conservation on the High Seas.” The Ocean Yearbook 29 (2015): 125–43.
  • Salt Symbiosis on the Black Sea.” 360° video for the ENHANCE closing exhibition Umweltschmerz at the Deutsches Museum, Munich, Germany, 17–20 October 2018.
  • with J. Carruthers-Jones. “Rethinking Wild Spaces and Species—A Sensory Journey.” Exhibition at Sawyer Library, Inverewe Gardens and Estate, National Trust for Scotland, 9 June–19 July 2018.
  • “A Review of Research at the Flamborough Head European Marine Site (2013–2017): Protecting Birds in a Wider Context.” Report for the Flamborough Head EMS Management Scheme and the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. Yorkshire: Flamborough Head EMS Management Scheme, 2018.