Joy White is a Visiting Lecturer. After completing her PhD at University of Greenwich in 2014, in 2015/2016, she held the Independent Scholar Fellow award from the Independent Social Research Foundation (ISRF). Joy is the author of Urban Music and Entrepreneurship: Beats, Rhymes and Young People’s Enterprise (Routledge: Advances in Sociology).  It is one of the first books to foreground the socio-economic significance of the UK urban music economy, with particular reference to Grime music.


Joy has extensive knowledge and experience of training and consultancy in the Adult Care sector. As a Consultant in the Vocational Learning sector, Joy provides external verification and quality assurance services for a number of Awarding Bodies.

As the founder of an east London training business that delivered targeted programmes to engage with young people who were NEET - not in education, employment or training, Joy has extensive, practical experience of enterprise, business start up and mentoring.


Joy has lectured on a number of Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses including: Research Methods, Media and Social Change: Race, Class and Ethnicity, and Internet, Democracy and Society.

Joy writes and researches on a range of themes including: social mobility, urban marginality, youth violence, mental health/wellbeing and urban music. She has a lifelong interest in the performance geographies of black music.

To book Joy White for talks/guest lectures, consultations, academic and media work/research, please enquire using the contact form.

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'She bravely and candidly reflects on a social world that has not been previously described and which may have been blind towards...' (On Urban Music and Entrepreneurship)


'What you have done is construct a robust and inclusive platform upon which the various moods and shades of grime can be showcased and framed for the academy, which is both exciting and unprecedented' (On the Crossing Borders Residential Research Workshop)



My latest publication is: 'The Business of Grime' - a short essay on the emerging economy of Grime music.  From its London origins, Grime has expanded regionally through the Eskimo Dance and Sidewinder events, and from Lord of the Mics MC clashes to the nascent Grime Originals events, the Grime economy has a national (UK) and international reach. Read the full article here: 



In August 2017, I was the Co-Principal Investigator for the Crossing Borders residential research workshop. Held at Cambridge University, it was an interdisciplinary event that looked at how 

 youth culture, crime, commerce and education come together in the everyday lives of young people in inner city areas.  Further details can be found here:

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