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Kim-Marie Spence


BA magna cum laude, Government, Wesleyan University, USA M.Phil, Development Studies, Oxford University, UK

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Kim-Marie Spence is a PhD Candidate at Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University. Her research focuses on creative economy development policy in the non-West, with a comparative study of policy responses to K-pop, Reggae and Bollywood. She is a Jamaican Australia Awards Scholar.

Kim-Marie is a former Jamaica Film Commissioner and previous head of the Creative Industries for Jamaica’s trade and investment agency, JAMPRO. Her interest in the creative economy is beyond the academic. She has been involved in fashion weeks in Jamaica, Australia and beyond; and is a keen follower of reggae and dancehall. Kim-Marie’s interest in public policy and development is a longstanding one, having studied development studies at Oxford as a Jamaica Rhodes Scholar. She is also co-founder and previous Executive Director of the Caribbean first public policy think tank, the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI).

Kim-Marie is currently the Vice-President of Postgraduate and Research Students Association (PARSA) and has previously served on Council of International Students Australia (CISA’s) National Executive Council.


“Bollywood becomes a battleground: pop culture hostility”, Policy Forum, December 2016

“Pop Stardom as a Development Strategy”, Policy Forum, November 2015

“Jamaica: Lights, Camera, Action” – an exposition on the Jamaican Film Industry, Made In Jamaica, 2010.

“Ruling the Runway” – an exposition on the Jamaican Fashion Industry, Made In Jamaica, 2010.

“A Global Rhythm” – an exposition on the Jamaican Music Industry, Made In Jamaica, 2010.

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Crawford School of Public Policy
ANU College of Asia & the Pacific
J.G. Crawford Building No. 132
Lennox Crossing
The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 0200 Australia

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