Baccalaureat, École Normale Supérieure de Cachan, 1971—1976. Agrégation de Géographie, Paris, France, 1974. Doctor of Philosophy, University Paris Denis-Diderot, 1993.
He is the director of Chôros Laboratory and of the Doctoral Program in Architecture and Science of the City. He is the cofounder of the scientific journal Espacestemps.net. He published in French, along with Michel Lussault, the dictionary of geography and space of societies, Dictionnaire de la géographie et de l’espace des sociétéson
Jacques Lévy’s work concerns the spatial dimension of societies, with a focus on political spaces.
He developed a new approach on geography in his most comprehensive book L’espace légitime in which he analyzes the geographic dimension of the political function. His researches on the legitimate scale of politics include works on the city, France, Europe and the World.
The notion of urbanity is also central in his work. He also supports the relevance of using non verbal languages as scientific means for researchers, especially cartography and cinema.
He is the director of a scientific film named Urbanity/ies.
Fellow: Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin.