Anna Neima is a writer and historian, who specialises in the experimental communities that sprang up around the globe in the aftermath of the First World War.
When Anna Neima's grandfather retired from farming, set up a small eco-commune. He ran it until he was 94, aiming to show it was possible to live a good life at net-zero carbon. Conditions were squalid and he did not convert many people! But this example of someone dedicating themselves to turning ideals into practice sparked Anna's interest in practical utopias.
Anna is a writer and historian who strongly believes that linking the past and present is a vital way to make sense of and improve the contemporary world. She completed PhD at the University of Cambridge in 2019. Since then, she's written two books about the experimental communities that sprang up around the globe in the aftermath of the First World War. Anna is currently a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow at the University of Warwick, where she is researching communities of a different kind, looking at the experiences of white families in Barbados and Trinidad from the 1930s to the 1980s.