Jenny Mbaye is a lecturer in Culture and the Creative Industries at the School of Arts and Sciences of City University London. She joined its Centre for Culture and the Creative Industries in January 2015. Previously, she was a postdoctoral research fellow at the African Centre for Cities (ACC), University of Cape Town (UCT).
She’s interested in urban popular cultures, and has researched on the music economy in relation to entrepreneurship, development and social transformation in Francophone West Africa. Her work generally focuses on cultural labour and creative production processes, as well as the work and policy practices of urban creativity in African contexts. Her teaching expertise ranges from contemporary cultural policy to marketing of culture and popular music and society.
She is a Higher Education Academy (HEA) Fellow, and has a PhD in Human Geography, specialised in urban cultural economy (LSE, 2011), a Graduate Diploma in Management of Cultural Organisations (HEC-Montreal, 2006), an MSc in International Studies specialised in Ethnomusicology (University of Montreal, 2005), and a BA in Sociology (Concordia University, 2003).
She has worked in cultural and media organisations in Senegal and Burkina Faso, and as an academic researcher in Canada, the U.K. and South Africa. She is a research and policy consultant (UNESCO/HABITAT Culture Urban Future; UNDP/UNESCO Creative Economy Report 2013; Hangzhou Declaration; Praia Declaration; Foundation Lettera27; Fitzcarraldo), and the recipient of 2013 Ray Pahl Postdoctoral Fellowship in Urban Studies.
She is a member of UNESCO’s pool of experts for the Convention 2005 in Francophone Africa, as well as an external evaluator for its Creative Cities Network; she is also a member of the Arterial Network Cultural Policy Task Group for which she acted as scientific adviser on their African Creative Cities Network pilot programme (2016-18).