Department of Management, Society and Communication

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Robin Steedman

My research focuses on work, entrepreneurship, and hustling in filmmaking and other creative industries in Africa. My PhD research, at SOAS University of London, examined the work of female filmmakers in Nairobi, Kenya. My current postdoctoral work is part of the major research project 'Advancing Creative Industries for Development in Ghana' (ACIG).

While at the University of Sheffield, I studied data, diversity, and inequality. In particular, how members of the UK public think and feel about how their data is used and public opinion about what constitutes 'good' data management. This research was done in collaboration with the BBC.

Primary research areas
  • Creative and Cultural Industries
  • African film and media
  • Media studies
  • Critical data studies
  • Gender studies
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Selected publications

Steedman, R. (2019) Nairobi-based middle class filmmakers and the production and circulation of transnational cinema. Poetics 75, 101333.

Steedman, R. (2019) Nairobi-based female filmmakers: Screen media production between the local and the transnational. In  K.W. Harrow and C. Garritano (Eds.), A Companion to African Cinema, (pp. 315-335). Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

Steedman, R. (2019). Screening violence: the production and circulation of films about the Kenyan post-election violence of 2007/2008. In J.K.S. Makokha, C.K. Muriungi, and C. Kebaya (Eds.), Cultural Archives of Atrocity: Essays on the Protest Tradition in Kenyan Culture and Society, (pp. 257-274). New York: Routledge.

Publications sorted by:
Robin Steedman / Cinematic Independence: Constructing the Big Screen in Nigeria by Noah Tsika
In: Journal of Cinema and Media Studies, Vol. 63, No. 3, 2024, p. 207-210
Book review > peer review
Robin Steedman / Creative Hustling : Women Making and Distributing Films from Nairobi.
Cambridge, MA : MIT Press 2023, 224 p.
Book > peer review
Rashida Resario; Robin Steedman; Thilde Langevang / Exploring Everyday Resilience in the Creative Industries through Devised Theatre : A Case of Performing Arts Students and Recent Graduates in Ghana.
In: International Journal of Cultural Studies, Vol. 26, No. 3, 5.2023, p. 237-256
Journal article > peer review
Robin Steedman; Taylor Brydges / Hustling in the Creative Industries : Narratives and Work Practices of Female Filmmakers and Fashion Designers.
In: Gender, Work and Organization, Vol. 30, No. 3, 5.2023, p. 793-809
Journal article > peer review
Robin Steedman; Ana Alacovska; Thilde Langevang; Rashida Resario / Imaginaries of Platform Entrepreneurship in the Creative Industries : Techno-optimism and Subversion in Ghanaian Filmmaking.
In: Information, Communication & Society, Vol. 26, No. 10, 9.2023, p. 1979-1995
Journal article > peer review
Thilde Langevang; Rashida Resario; Ana Alacovska; Robin Steedman; Dorothy Akpene Amenuke; Sela Kodjo Adjei; Rufai Haruna Kilu / Care in Creative Work : Exploring the Ethics and Aesthetics of Care through Arts-based Methods.
In: Cultural Trends, Vol. 31, No. 5, 12.2022, p. 448-469
Journal article > peer review
Robin Steedman / Promoting the Film Industry in Kenya : State Support versus Entrepreneurial Innovation.
In: Developing Creative Economies in Africa: Spaces and Working Practices. . ed. /Brian J. Hracs; Roberta Comunian; Lauren England. Abingdon : Routledge 2022, p. 11-23 (Routledge Contemporary Africa Series)
Book chapter > peer review
Helen Kennedy; Robin Steedman; Rhianne Jones / Researching Public Trust in Datafication : Reflections on the Deliberative Citizen Jury as Method.
In: New Perspectives in Critical Data Studies: The Ambivalences of Data Power. . ed. /Andreas Hepp; Juliane Jarke; Leif Kramp. Cham : Palgrave Macmillan 2022, p. 391-414 (Transforming Communication: Studies in Cross-Media Research)
Book chapter > peer review
Thilde Langevang; Robin Steedman; Ana Alacovska; Rashida Resario; Rufai Haruna Kilu; Mohammed-Aminu Sanda / ‘The Show Must Go On!’ : Hustling through the Compounded Precarity of Covid-19 in the Creative Industries.
In: Geoforum, Vol. 136, 11.2022, p. 142-152
Journal article > peer review
Helen Kennedy; Robin Steedman; Rhianne Jones / Approaching Public Perceptions of Datafication Through the Lens of Inequality : A Case Study in Public Service Media.
In: Information, Communication & Society, Vol. 24, No. 12, 2021, p. 1745-1761
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