Richard Langley

Colleges, School and Institutes


I did my first degree (in American Studies) and both my MPhil and PhD at University of Birmingham, undertaking the latter part-time in order to continue to work as a freelance filmmaker and digital content producer (across a range of genres - sports, comedy, drama, current affairs), as well as other roles across the culture sector (arts centres, museums, TV development), before taking up a permanent lecturing position in 2013. This diverse experience and the skillset to underpin my pedagogy and practice: critical, creative, collaborative, with an emphasis on ethics and employability.

I am interested in all forms of practice-based ressearch, but with a particular emphasis on audio-visual, building on my own experiences - as a media professional, but also as an audio-visual researcher (my Phil and PhD theses were both comprised of written and AV components). 

Ongoing experiments in the development of an audio-visual academia.

Research interests

I am in the early stages of developing a series of short-films, ’23 Short Stories About the Noösphere’, a long-term investigative project for a YouTube channel.

Willingness to take PhD students


PhD projects

I am currently supervising several audio-visual PhD students working across a range of subjects and methodologies.

I am interested in working with students interested in Film production; documentary; digital media; audio-visual academia; digital humanities, social action filmmaking; video essays. I am particularly interested in approaches which push against the boundaries of documentary, video essay and essay film.