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Professor Jen Snowball

Prof Jen Snowball


Professor Jen Snowball

PhD (Rhodes)

Position: Professor & Head of Department

Room: E1

Email j.snowball@ru.ac.za

Tel046 603 7403



Jen Snowball is a Professor of Economics at Rhodes University. She is also the Chief Research Strategist at the South African Cultural Observatory (SACO), which is an inter-university research unit funded by the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture. Her research interests are focused mainly in the fields of cultural economics and environmental economics. Jen is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Cultural Economics, and a member of the Association for Cultural Economics International. With Prof Gavin Fraser, Jen also co-ordinates the Environmental and Natural Resource Economics Focus Group (ENREFA) which includes masters and PhD students working on water footprint studies, environmental sustainability, energy economics and local economic development.


Research interests:

  • Cultural Economics
  • Cultural and Creative Industries
  • Environmental Economics
  • Market and Non-Market Valuation


Recent projects/publications:


Future Festivals South Africa: Possibilities for the Age of Covid-19

Working with colleagues at King’s College, London, this Arts and Humanities Research Council Grant explores the ways in which the COVID-19 shutdown has changed the way in which cultural festivals in South Africa operate and how organisers, artistic producers and audiences have adapted.

Project website: http://www.future-festivals.org/


The Economic Mapping of the Cultural and Creative Industries in South Africa

The South African Cultural Observatory is a national research institute that produces regular updates and research on the size and characteristics of the cultural and creative industries in terms of their contribution to GDP, growth and employment. It also produces sector-specific research that feeds into policy, hosts industry seminars and workshops, and produces a quarterly newsletter.

Project website: https://www.southafricanculturalobservatory.org.za/


The Environmental and Natural Resource Economics Focus Area (ENREFA)

Profs Fraser and Snowball co-ordinate the Environmental and Natural Resource Economics Focus Group (ENREFA) in the Department, which includes Masters and PhD students working on water footprint studies, environmental sustainability, energy economics, and local economic development.

Project website: https://www.facebook.com/ENREFA


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