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Associate research scientist, Nelson Mandela University

Amy Shelver is an academic, creative industry activist, and a researcher with over 13 years’ experience in media, communications, development, research and management. She has a particularly strong practice-based know-how at the nexus of media, development and the creative economy. She has distinction degrees in Journalism, Anthropology and Psychology, an honours degree cum laude in Anthropology and a Masters in Development Studies. She is currently reading for her PhD in Art History at the University of Johannesburg, focusing on public art, urban design and the township economy. She is interested in the creative economy, the cultural and creative industries, city and urban spaces, cooperatives, industrial and community development, media, technology and the youth.


  • 2012–2018
    Associate supervisor/ researcher/ lecturer, Nelson Mandela University
  • 2016–2018
    Associate Researcher, South African Cultural Observatory
  • 2017–2017
    United Nations, Human Resources Associate
  • 2012–2016
    Meropa Communications, Divisional Head: Corporate


Mandela Washington Fellow (YALI Programme)(2014); EU Global Cultural Leaders Programme (2016); Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber Top 40 under 40 (2014)