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Kim-Marie Spence

Kim-Marie Spence

Postdoctoral Researcher

Faculty of Creative Industries, Architecture and Engineering


Kim-Marie's postdoctoral research on cultural policy and cultural industries focuses on creative cities, technology and transnational cultural flows. As part of her PhD at the Australian National University, she did significant primary research on the popular culture industries of reggae, Bollywood, K-pop and K-drama.

Kim-Marie is also an adjunct lecturer in film at Caribbean School of Media 7 Communications at the University of the West Indies (Jamaica). She has a passion for the arts and culture and was previously the film commissioner/head of creative industries in Jamaica.

After her Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford University, Kim-Marie worked with UNESCO on oral and intangible heritage and has done cultural and branding consultancies internationally, including Jamaica and Australia.

She is co-author of Global Cultural Economy with Routledge Publishers and has published in the Journal of Arts Management, Law & Society and Journal of Popular Music & Society. Kim-Marie also contributes to the Policy Forum of the Asia &Pacific Public Policy Society and sits on various boards both in the UK and in Jamaica.

Further information

Research interests

Kim's research focuses on cultural industries and cultural policy, with a focus on:

  • Transnational culture flows
  • Technology and distribution, and access within global economy
  • Creative cities/music cities and urban development
  • Global pop music industry
  • Film and media.

Projects and awards

Board member, Kingston Creative, Jamaica. Board member, Jamaica Council of Tourism Innovation.

Recent publications

De Beukelaer, C., & Spence, K.-M. (2018). Global Cultural Economy. London: Routledge.

Spence, K.-M. (2018). When money is not enough – reggae, dancehall and policy in Jamaica. Journal of Arts Management, Law & Society, Accepted.

Spence, K.-M. (2019). Diversity by business decision – the cosmopolitan imperative in K-pop. Popular Music & Society, accepted.

Spence, K (2015) ‘Pop Stardom as a Development Strategy’, Policy Forum, Available here.

Spence, K (2016). ‘Bollywood becomes a battleground: pop culture hostility’ Policy Forum, Available here.