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Claire Levy – Bath Spa University

Personal statement

I am a documentary film producer and academic with a background in undergraduate courses focused on practical film-making and theory. Currently, I serve as the Knowledge Exchange Co-Lead, actively fostering collaborative initiatives between Bath Spa researchers and external organizations through public events and workshop activities.

In my role as a documentary film-maker, I bring a wealth of experience from UK broadcast programming and the film festival circuit. My portfolio includes work for renowned channels such as Channel 4 and BBC, along with the production of BFI-funded short documentaries that have achieved international screenings. Beyond this, I maintain a longstanding partnership with the NHS, creating films and learning materials for staff, as well as providing information for patient groups.

My research pursuits delve into the realms of rural experiences of young people and public space, topics that form the basis of my ongoing PhD studies at Goldsmiths, University of London. Additionally, I am engaged in the exploration of new forms of storytelling, particularly through the lens of interactive documentary.

Academic qualifications

  • MA – Photography and Urban Cultures (Goldsmiths, University of London)
  • BA Hons – French and German (Oxford University).

Other external roles

  • Freelance Documentary Producer/Director
  • Digital Arts Tutor,Hillcroft, National residential college for women.  

Areas of expertise

  • Film-making
  • Producing
  • Editing
  • Participatory research methods
  • Health/medical.

Paper/Internal publications:

  • Levy, CE, Sep 2015. Perceptions of Ageing in Digital Storytelling. International Visual Methods Conference. Brighton University 
  • Rooke, A & Levy, CE May 2015. Cultural Values. International Digital Storytelling Conference. Institut Politecnico de Leiria, Portugal 
  • Levy, CE. March 2015. The Quandaries and Tensions in Digital Storytelling. Connected Communities Digital Archive Conference. Leeds University
  • Levy, CE & Nicholls, E. August 2014 eds. Streetsigns. London. Centre for Urban and Community Research.
  • Levy, CE. July 2013 Presentation of Selves : Delineations of Public and Private through the Visual. Chair and panellist. International Visual Sociology Association Conference. Goldsmiths College
  • Levy, CE. Oct 2012. Extending Creative Practice. A Creative Encounter. Street Signs. The Journal of Centre of Urban and Community Research
  • Levy CE. Autumn 2012. 2011. Camera-Phones : A Users’ Guide. (Film) International Visual Methods Conference. Open University.

Research supervision

Claire Levy is interested in supervising students with an interest in documentary film-making, participatory research processes, non-linear storytelling.

Consultancies, business and enterprise work:

  • Series of films on Organ Donation for Worthing NHS Trust.

Invited talks / Guest lectures:

  • Oct 2016. Cheltenham College ‘From Reality TV to Snapchat : Telling Stories through Pictures.’


  • Strictly Cinema – immersive, participatory cinema screenings launched as part of Stroud Film Festival in March 2017. The next event is in August 2017
  • Levy, CE Dec 2010 & Feb 2012 Design and Rehabilitation. (Films). RSA.

Media appearances:

  • March 2017 – ‘Good On Paper’ (magazine and online) – Interview on Stroud Film Festival and Strictly Cinema immersive, participatory film screening
  • 1st December 2016 – Panel and Screening for Some Will Forget (film) at Underwire Film Festival, UK (Nomination for Best Producer)
  • Nov 2016 – Winners Panel and Screening of Across Still Water (film), Aesthetica Film Festival, UK.

Research and academic outputs

Go to ResearchSPAce

Playful walks: a methodological approach for analysing the embodied citizenship of young people in the countryside

Levy, C (2021) 'Playful walks: a methodological approach for analysing the embodied citizenship of young people in the countryside.' In: Bruselius-Jensen, M, Pitti, I and Tisdall, E.K.M, eds. Young people's participation: revisiting youth and inequalities in Europe. Policy Press, Bristol, pp. 255-274. ISBN 9781447345411

We make stuff: film and social context

Turner, P, Levy, C, White, R, Tweed, C and Wilkins, S (2017) We make stuff: film and social context. In: We Make Stuff, 27 March 2017, Holbourne Museum, Bath, UK.

Create Futures Evaluation Report: June 2021

Levy, C (2021) Create Futures Evaluation Report: June 2021. Create Studios.

Silver stories: evaluation report

Slater, I, Levy, C and Rooke, A (2015) Silver stories: evaluation report. Goldsmiths, University of London, London.

(In)fertility, the media & me (2018) [REF2021 collection]

Levy, C and Farrar, R (2021) (In)fertility, the media & me (2018) [REF2021 collection].

(In)fertility, the media & me

Levy, C and Farrar, R (2018) (In)fertility, the media & me.

Some Will Forget

Levy, C (2016) Some Will Forget.

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