Joy received her PhD from the University of Greenwich in 2014 and is now a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Roehampton. Joy is the author of Urban Music and Entrepreneurship: Beats, Rhymes and Young People’s Enterprise (Routledge: Advances in Sociology), one of the first books to foreground the socio-economic significance of the UK urban music economy, with particular reference to Grime music.
In 2017, she was the Principal Investigator on the ISRF-funded Residential Research Group project Crossing borders: Marginality and opportunity in contemporary British urban youth culture.
Joy writes 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.