Dr Jenny Mbaye
Dr Mbaye joined the Department of Music, Culture and Creative Industries, as Lecturer in Culture and Creative Industries in January 2015.
Mbaye is 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.
Before joining City University (Department of Music, Culture and Creative Industries; School of Arts and Social Science), Jenny was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the African Centre for Cities (ACC) of the University of Cape Town (UCT). 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 (UNDP/UNESCO Creative Economy Report 2013, Praia Declaration, Foundations Lettera27, Fitzcarraldo).
- PhD in Human Geography (urban cultural economy), London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom, Oct 2006 – Dec 2011
- DESS (Graduate Diploma) in Management of Cultural Organisations, HEC Montréal, Canada, Sep 2005 – Jul 2006
- MSc in International Studies (ethnomusicology), University of Montreal, Canada, Sep 2003 – Dec 2004
- BA in Arts and Sciences (sociology), Concordia University, Canada, Sep 2001 – Jun 2003
- Collaborative consultant, Vives Voix publishing company (coffe-table books), Apr – Jun 2013
- Policy consultant, UNESCO, Sep 2012 – present
- Postdoctoral research fellow, University of Cape Town, Feb 2012 – Dec 2014
- Lecturer, University of Cape Town, Feb 2012 – Aug 2014
- Collaborative consultant, Accents Multiples, Bureau of Cultural Engineering and Mediation, Nov 2008 – Jan 2010
- Cultural coordinator/manager, Umane Culture, Sep – Nov 2008
- Web collaborator, Foundation Lettera27, Jul 2008 – Jun 2010
- Graduate Teaching Assistant, London School of Economics and Political Science, Jan 2007 – Oct 2010
- Coordinator/Administrator, London School of Economics and Political Science, Oct 2006 – Jun 2010
- Radio journalist/reporter, Radio Futurs Medias, May – Oct 2005
- Coordinator, International Music Council, Sep 2004 – May 2005
Memberships of professional organisations
- Arterial Network Cultural Policy Task Group, Jun 2014 – present
- UNESCO Pool of Experts for Francophone Africa (Convention 2005 on the Protection and the Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions), Nov 2012 – present
French (can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review), Portuguese (can read and understand spoken) and Spanish; Castilian (can read, speak and understand spoken).
Cultural policy; urban culture and creativity; local and sustainable development; popular music; cultural economy; (West) Africa; Global South
- Mbaye, J. and Dinardi, C. (2019). Ins and outs of the cultural polis: Informality, culture and governance in the global South. Urban Studies, 56(3), pp. 578–593. doi:10.1177/0042098017744168.
- Mbaye, J. and McShane, I. (2018). UNESCO Creative Cities Network Membership Monitoring Report. UNESCO.
- Mbaye, J. (2016). A Regional Report on Urban Conservation and Regeneration: Sub-Saharan Africa. UNESCO.
- Mbaye, J. (2016). Rogue Flânerie: Cultural Takhawalu in Urban Extremes: Cape Town & Dakar. In Umunna, M. and Disu, O. (Eds.), Open City Lagos (pp. 50–57). Nigeria & Switzerland: Heinrich Böll Foundation (Nigeria), Nsibidi Institute (Nigeria) & Fabulous Urban (Switzerland).
- Mbaye, J. and Deme, A. (2015). Formidable comme Karim Wade. In Beyer, T., Burkhalter, T. and Liechti, H. (Eds.), Seismographic Sounds – Visions of a New World Bern: Norient Books. ISBN 978-3-9524496-0-8.
- Mbaye, (2015). Géographies de l'économie de la musique hip hop au Sénégal. In Roy-Valex, M. and Bellavance, G. (Eds.), Arts et territoires à l'ère du développement durable : vers une nouvelle économie culturelle? (pp. 231–258). Laval: Presses de l'Université Laval. ISBN 978-2-7637-2619-9.
- Mbaye, J.F. (2014). Hip Hop Politics: Recognising a Southern Complexity. A Routledge Handbook on Cities of the Global South (pp. 396–412). London: Routledge.
- Mbaye, J.F. (2013). On the Rogue Practices of West African Musical Entrepreneurs. Rogue Urbanism: Emergent African Cities (pp. 253–264). Cape Town: African Centre for Cities & Jacana Media.
- Mbaye, J.F. (2011). Hip Hop Political Production in West Africa: AURA and its Extraordinary Stories of Poto-Poto Children. Native Tongues: An African Hip Hop Reader Trenton, N.J.: Africa World Press.
- Mbaye, J.F. (2009). Hip Hop Space of Politics in France. Culture and the City (pp. 395–416). Berlin: Berliner Wissenschaftsverlag.
- Mbaye, J. (2017). Mali's cultural capital shows how citizen-centred development can trump gentrification.
- Mbaye, J.F. (2015). Musical borderlands: A cultural perspective of regional integration in Africa. City, Culture and Society, 6(2), pp. 19–26. doi:10.1016/j.ccs.2015.03.002.
- MBAYE, J.E.N.N.Y.F. (2014). JESSE WEAVER SHIPLEY, Living the Hiplife: celebrity and entrepreneurship in Ghanaian popular music. Durham NC and London: Duke University Press (hb $89.95 – 978 0 8223 5352 2). 2013, 344 pp. Africa, 84(02), pp. 339–341. doi:10.1017/s0001972014000096.
- Mbaye, J.F. (2014). Living the Hiplife: celebrity and entrepreneurship in Ghanaian popular music by Jesse Weaver Shipley (review). Africa, 84(2), pp. 339–341.
- Mbaye, J.F. and Pratt, A.C. (2014). Symposium “Re-making Creative Cities in African Contexts. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research.
- Mbaye, J.F. (2010). AURA ou de la production politique de la musique hip hop. Cahiers de recherche sociologique, 49, pp. 147–160.
Undergraduate and postgraduate teaching
- MA Cultural Policy
- BA Cultural Policy
- MA Popular Music and Society