Dr Fabien Cante PhD

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School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr Cante is an interdisciplinary researcher working across urban, media and African studies. Through ethnographic attention to everyday practices and perspectives, he examines how media infrastructures shape the city as a space of social exchange and political contest.


  • PhD - Department of Media & Communications, LSE
  • MSc - Urban Studies, UCL
  • MRes - Contemporary North American History, EHESS
  • BA - Social and Political Sciences, Sciences Po, Paris


Dr Cante first developed his interest in media, urban life and politics through historical research on black radio in the U.S., conducted at Paris' École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS). A move to UCL's Geography Department allowed him to anchor his concerns to those of contemporary, critical urban theory – in particular, to growing calls to 'theorise from the South'. Joining LSE's Department of Media & Communications for his PhD, Dr Cante conducted ethnographic research on local radio and the politics of cohabitation in post-conflict Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire.

Dr Cante has taught at UCL and LSE on interdisciplinary modules. He served as postdoctoral fieldwork manager for an ERC-funded project on civil society responses to big data and mass surveillance (DATACTIVE, University of Amsterdam). As a fellow at the University of Birmingham, Dr Cante is currently working on articles, conference papers and a monograph about radio and the intricacies of re-making place after violence in Abidjan.             


Guest Lecturer, Cities and Conflict

Guest Lecturer, Media and Popular Culture in Africa


Dr Cante's work is broadly concerned with media cultures and politics in urban Africa. He is interested in how urban dwellers use 'old' and 'new' media, and how these practices build shared senses of place. Simultaneously, he is interested in the ways different media can circumscribe citizens' civic agency. Through research in Abidjan, Dr Cante has also developed a critical interest in the geographies of urban peace and peace-building.

Other activities

Dr Cante served as part-time communications officer for the Migrants' Rights Network in London between October 2017 and August 2018. He is involved with community groups opposing unjust re-development in south east London.



Cante, F. (2019) "Local Radio in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire: Ambiguities of ownership, power and polarisation" in El Mkaouar, L. & W. Mano (eds) Media Ownership in Africa: Control, Challenges and Change. (Under review)

Cante, F. & A. Bahi (2019) "Côte d'Ivoire" in Sage International Encyclopedia of Mass Media and Society. (Accepted, in print process)

Journal Articles

Cante, F. (2017) “From ‘Animation’ to Encounter: Community Radio, Sociability and Urban Life in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire” in International Journal of Cultural Studies 21(1), pp.12-26

Cante, F. (2015) “Place-Making, Media Practices and Orientations: Exploratory Connections Between Communication Geography and Sara Ahmed’s Critical Phenomenology” in Sociologica n°3 (Online) 

Cante, F. (2013) "Vers un Urbanisme de Projet Métropolitain? L'Exemple de Paris Nord-Est" in Métropolitiques (Online)

Book Reviews

Cante , F. (2018) "Review - The Political Economy of Everyday Life in Africa: Beyond the Margins" in Africa@LSE blog.

Cante, F. (2018) "Review - Urban Revolt: State Power and the Rise of People's Movements in the Global South" in Africa@LSE blog.

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