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.
P R I M A R Y R E S E A R C H A R E A S
Creative and Cultural Industries
African film and media
Critical data studies
S E L E C T E D P U B L I C A T I O N S
Steedman, R. (2019) Nairobi-based middle class filmmakers and the production and circulation of transnational cinema. Poetics 75, 101333. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.poetic.2018.11.002
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.