Starting out as a research biologist, Susi left the laboratory 30 years ago to work in film and video.
A lifelong freelancer, she specialises in education and development, working in production, direction, writing, camerawork and editing. Training and mentoring has often been part of productions, but sometimes a job in itself.
Susi spent 10 years making educational programmes for Channel 4 Schools, and 5 making programmes for national ‘Teachers’ TV’. These jobs interleaved with projects such as BBC documentaries in Nepal and Pakistan, Channel 5 children’s programmes in India and Jordan, public information films for people in Papua New Guinea or Kenya, website films with British Universities and training videos for the FAO.
Susi was an Honorary Reader in Visual Anthropology at Manchester and is currently an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at University of Sussex. Teaching experience includes time with LCC/University of the Arts London, and the participatory video MA at Reading University. Currently she’s a visiting lecturer on documentary film at the University of Westminster.
A range of consultancies and writing experience includes a children’s book on Indonesia for Oxfam/Heinemann, an ecology reference text for the Niger Delta, re-configuring an EU forestry conservation project in the Philippines and a strategic re-evaluation of BBC World Service Trust (now ‘Media Action’) in Bangladesh. Training in PRA/PLA has informed Susi’s collaborations and participatory projects.
Susi often works alongside her photographer husband Crispin Hughes – primarily on creative projects for art galleries and museums, but also on paid commissions and training work (including UK, Nepal, Kenya, Ethiopia, Romania and India).
Susi has a PhD by research (UCL, 1983). She graduated from the UK’s National Film&Television School in 1990 (specialising in observational documentary). Her first degree was in Biological Sciences, at Nottingham University (1978) and did postgrad research at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.
British passport, HEFAT trained. City&Guilds Award in Education&Training.
English mother tongue; working French and Melanesian pidgin.