Before embarking on a career as an economist, Annemie was an agricultural engineer with an interest in tropical agricultural systems. She completed a BA and MS from the University of Leuven (Belgium) in Agricultural Engineering and worked for several years in tropical agriculture and forestry, among others, in Tanzania and in Vietnam. In 2003, Annemie switched to economics, starting with an MS in International Development from the University of Namur (Belgium). She then completed her education at Cornell University (US), where she obtained a PhD at the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University in 2010. Her first academic job was at the University of Pittsburgh, as an Assistant Professor in Economics. She joined the University of Sussex in 2014, as a Lecturer in Economics.