Annebella served as Executive Committee Member and a Trustee of the Design History Society, 2012-15. This involved a number of responsibilities including peer-reviewing funding applications and chairing conference panels (National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, India, 2013; University of Oxford, 2014; California College of the Arts, San Francisco, 2015). She had particular responsibility for the annual international Design History Society Essay Prize.
Annebella co-founded the University of Brighton Postgraduate Design History Society in 2005, which has recently celebrated its tenth annual symposium with a celebratory publication, to which Annebella contributed the opening essay.
As a result of teaching Historical and Critical Studies to student practitioners, Annebella has developed a research interest in the role of history and theory teaching in an art school environment. This research initially developed out of a postgraduate qualification in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education; it was then presented as a paper in a Design History Society panel at the Design Research Society conference in Oslo in 2013. A later development appeared in print as 'My position in the Design World: Locating Subjectivity in the Design Curriculum', Design and Culture, 2015. On the basis of this article, Annebella was invited to give a keynote lecture on the topic of critical studies in the art school at Glasgow School of Art in 2015.