Levy, Susan


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Dr Susan Levy is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work, in the School of Education and Social Work, University of Dundee.  Susan’s undergraduate degree and PhD were in Social Geography at the University of St Andrews. She proceeded to work at the University of St Andrews, as well as Edinburgh and the Open University before joining the University of Dundee in 2007. 

Susan is the Athena SWAN lead for the School of Education and Social Work and led the School's successful application for a Bronze Award. 

Susan is the Social Work Admissions Tutor and Erasmus lead.



 Areas of research:

  • Social justice, wellbeing and the inclusion of marginalized groups, particularly in the context of disability, gender and cultural diversity.
  • The use of arts in social work as a methodology for relationship based practice and access to community arts based practice.
  • International and transnational social work.

Recent Funded Projects:

2018, Social Work Scotland: Social Care in Scottish Prisons, Principal Investigator (PI), working with Dr Fiona Kumari-Campbell, Dr Lynn Kelly and Dr Fernando Fernandes.

2017-18, Health Improvement Scotland: Arts Practice for developing Communication and Agency with People with Profound and Multiple Disabilities, Artlink, Edinburgh. Principal Investigator (PI), working with Dr Hannah Young.

2015-16, Scottish Social Services Council: Review of Social Work Education Report: How can universities best select the right people for social work programmes? PI: Prof. Viv Cree, with Dr Gary Clapton, Dr Susan Levy and Dr Richard Ingram.

2014, Glasgow Centre for Population Health: A Review of Evidence Relating to the Impacts of Arts and Culture on Health and Wellbeing. PI: Prof Divya Jindal-Snape with Prof Thilo Kroll, Dr Jacqui Morris, Prof Dan Davies, Dr Ros Scott, Dr Susan Levy and Chris Kelly.

2013-14, Scottish Funding Council: Inclusive Music – evaluating the impact of Paragon’s Play On inclusive music programme on the lives of young people with additional support needs and their families. PI: Dr Susan Levy with Anna Robb and Prof Divya Jindal-Snape.


Susan teaches at undergraduate and postgraduate level on social work programmes and supervises doctoral students

  • social policy
  • critical disability studies
  • health and social care integration
  • social inclusion and social justice
  • user involvement in social work education
  • creative practice and the arts in social work
  • qualitative methodologies


Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of St Andrews

Master of Arts, University of St Andrews

External positions

Editorial Board Member, European Journal of Social Work

2019 → …

Editorial Board Member, Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal

2018 → …

Editorial Board Member, ALTER European Journal of Disability Studies

2018 → …

External Examiner, University of Chichester

1 Sep 2017 → …

External Examiner, University of Bradford


Board of Directors, Independance, Glasgow

2014 → …

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Projects 2013 2014

Research Output 1995 2019

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Outcomes focused user involvement in social work education: applying knowledge to practice

Levy, S., Aiton, R., Doig, J., Dow, J. P. L., Brown, S., Hunter, L. & McNeil, R., 28 Feb 2018, Service User Involvement in Social Work Education. McLaughlin, H., Duffy, J., McKeever, B. & Sadd, J. (eds.). London: Routledge

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Recreating the Social Work Imagination: embedding the arts within Scottish Social Work

Levy, S., 2018, Art in Social Work Practice: Theory and Practice: International Perspectives. Huss, E. & Bos, E. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 44 56 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

2 Citations (Scopus)
60 Downloads (Pure)

Selecting social work students: lessons from research in Scotland

Cree, V., Morrison, F., Clapton, G., Levy, S. & Ingram, R., 19 May 2018, In : Social Work Education. 37, 4, p. 490-506 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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work research
social work
social media

Activities 2013 2019

European Journal of Social Work (Journal)

Susan Levy (Editorial board member)
2019 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

European Association of Schoools of Social Work Conference Madrid 2019

Lynn Kelly (Speaker), Susan Levy (Contributor), Fiona Kumari Campbell (Contributor)
6 May 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

ALTER: European Journal of Disability Research/Revue Européenne de Recherche sur le Handicap (Journal)

Susan Levy (Editorial board member)
2018 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

Making Connections: partnership working with service users in social work education and byond

Susan Levy (Organiser)
17 Apr 2018 → …

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Social Care in Scottish Prisons

Susan Levy (Consultant), Fiona Campbell (Consultant), Lynn Kelly (Consultant), Fernando Lannes Fernandes (Consultant)

Activity: Consultancy typesConsultancy

Press / Media

Scottish Contemporary Art Network call for visual art recognition

Susan Levy


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Research


Curating Curiosity: an exploration of visual art experiences and self-identity formation through the voices of young children

Author: Robb, A., 2019

Supervisor: Jindal-Snape, D. (Supervisor) & Levy, S. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

Impact of School System, Teaching and Assessment on Female Students' Dropout in Nepal

Author: Dahal, T. P., 2019

Supervisor: Topping, K. (Supervisor) & Levy, S. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Education

Reflections on Experiences of Loss in People with Profound Learning Disabilities : Promoting Sensory Therapeutic Practice

Author: Young, H. B., 2017

Supervisor: Kelly, T. (Supervisor) & Levy, S. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy