Jennifer Durrett

Dr Jennifer Durrett

  • 01202 965851
  • jdurrett at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Senior Lecturer in Production Management
  • Weymouth House W213, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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Jenn Durrett is a Senior Lecturer in Production Management at Bournemouth University. Her research centres on exploring ways to use film and filmmaking in positive, socially proactive ways. Her current work looks at how practical film education can serve forcibly displaced youth by using creative expression as both a coping mechanism and for personal development.

Durrett received her PhD in Media and Film Studies from SOAS, University of London in 2019. She also holds an M.Phil in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation from Trinity College Dublin (2012) and received her BFA in Film and Television from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2010.

Before transitioning to academia, Durrett worked in the film industry in New York City and Los Angeles in a variety of departments, including Script Supervising, Editing, and Producing. Her credits include After Spring (2016, Co-Producer) and Academy Award-nominated documentary The Square (2013, post production assistant).

In addition to her teaching in higher education, Durrett has also taught as a facilitator in Jordan with Another Kind of Girl Collective, a media arts collective for and by young women living in displaced, migrant or transitory communities around the world...


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person's work contributes towards the following SDGs:

Good health and well-being

"Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages"

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Quality education

"Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all"

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Reduced inequalities

"Reduce inequality within and among countries"

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Peace, justice and strong institutions

"Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels"

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Journal Articles

  • Durrett, J., 2024. Another kind of opportunity: filmmaking education in the context of displacement. Film Education Journal, 7 (1).


  • Durrett, J., 2019. Another Kind of Opportunity: Filmmaking Education in the Context of Displacement. PhD Thesis. School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, Centre for Global Media and Communication.



Profile of Teaching PG

  • Production Management (MAPFT) - Unit Leader 20/21, 21/22
  • MA Production Management - Programme Leader 23/24

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Television Specialisms (BATV/5) - Unit Leader (20/21, 21/22, 22/23)
  • Production Management (BAF/L5) - Unit Leader (20/21 - Present)
  • Script Skills (BAF/L5) - Unit Leader (20/21 - Present)
  • Production Management (BAMP/L5)
  • Media Perspectives - Social Justice Media

Invited Lectures

  • Production Roles: Script Supervisor, Middlesex University (Digital), 06 Dec 2022 more
  • Production Roles: Script Supervisor, Middlesex University (Digital), 07 Dec 2021 more

External Responsibilities

  • Journal of Media and Rights (JMR), Editorial Board Member (2023-2026)
  • University of Portsmouth, External Examiner (2022-2026)

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • 'After Spring' Film Festival Audience Engagement (14 Apr 2016-20 Jun 2017)
  • Interview with Lights Film School: "Why Your Film Needs a Script Supervisor" (01 Jan 2016)

Conference Presentations

  • Sanctuary Songs: refugees and asylum-seekers in/and the media, Reclaiming Agency through Film Education, 20 Jun 2023, Newcastle University
  • Global Media Education Summit 2023, Stories of/from Displacement: Impacting audiences and the storyteller, 02 Mar 2023, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada (& online)
  • MeCCSA Annual Conference 2020, The camera as a means to interpret the environment of displacement, 08 Jan 2020, University of Brighton
  • MeCCSA Annual Conference 2019, The Impact of Film Practice Education on Refugee Youth, 09 Jan 2019, University of Stirling


  • PhD in Media and Film Studies (SOAS, University of London, 2019)
  • MPhil in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation (Trinity College Dublin, 2012)
  • BFA in Film and Television (New York University, 2010)


  • Centre for Excellence in Media Practice (Screen Studies Research Group), Member (2024-),
  • British Academy of Film, Television and Screen Studies (BAFTSS), Member (2022-),
  • Center for Seldom Heard Voices (BU, Faculty of Health & Social Sciences), Associate Member (2022-),
  • NAHEMI (National Association for Higher Education in the Moving Image), Member (2020-),
  • MeCCSA (Media, Communications and Cultural Studies Association), Member (2018-),