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Here are some of my publications, not including other kinds of writing, conference presentations, talks, editorial and journal panel work and anything predating 2013 etc. Not in this list are three projects I’m working on; one with Dale Sidebottom and Richard Cheetham on play for wellbeing and transformation, one with Rikke Toft Norgard and colleagues for the Playful University book and one with Rikke and Alex Moseley for the Playful Academic edition of the Journal of Play in Adulthood. Lovely!


James, A., and Nerantzi, C. (2019) The Power of Play in HE: creativity in tertiary learning Palgrave Macmillan.

James A, Brookfield S (2014) Engaging imagination: helping students become creative and reflective thinkers. San Francisco. Jossey Bass

Online publications

Nerantzi, C., and James, A. (2019) LEGO® for university learning: inspiring academic practice in higher education. Open source guide on using LEGO and techniques based on the LEGO® Serious Play® method, available online at

Nerantzi, C., and James,  A., (2018) (guest editors) Discovering Innovative Applications of LEGO in learning and teaching in higher education, a special issue of the International Journal of Management and Applied Research

James A (2015) Innovative Pedagogical Practices: Innovating in the Creative Arts with LEGO. Commissioned by the Higher Education Academy. Available at

Book chapters (published unless otherwise stated)

James, A.(2020). helping penguins to play: how play at university can foster positive mental health and wellbeing. In Helping Penguins to Swim. Karisa Krcmar (Ed). E book Published by Inspired by learning.

James, A (2019) Play and Playful Learning in Higher Education . Entry in The Encyclopaedia of Educational Innovation, edited by Michael A Peters and Richard Heraud. Springer.

James A (2019) “Moveable feasts: unusual learning in unexpected places” in Reframing Space for Learning: Excellence and Innovation in University Teaching. Institute of Education. Available online at

James A (2017)Connecting research, inquiry and communities in the creative curriculum”, chapter in Fung, D., Carnell, B., and Tong, V., (ed) Disciplinary Approaches to Connecting the Higher Education Curriculum.

Open Access link

James, A (2017) Case study “Transition as metaphor: how building with LEGO® helps students navigate teamworking for an external client” in Transition: in, through and out of higher education Eds Matheson., R, Tangney., S, Sutcliffe., and Poole, N. Taylor & Francis.

James, A. (2016) invited chapter “Play and 3D enquiry for stimulating creative learning”  in Watts, L. and Blessinger, P. (Eds) Creative Learning: International Perspectives and Approaches in Higher Education. (Routledge)

James A and Brookfield S, (2016) “The Serious Use of Play and Metaphor” pp118-133, revised and updated chapter in Wang V (ed) Adult Education in the Digital Age. IGI Global. ISBN. 9781522509295

James, A. (2015) “Learning in three dimensions: using LEGO SERIOUS PLAY for creative and critical reflection across time and space”. in Lake, P and Layne, P. (Eds) Transgressing Boundaries. Global Innovation in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Vol 11.  Pp275-294. ISBN. 978-3-319-10481-2. Switzerland. Springer.

Medland, E. , James, A., Bailey, N. (2018) ““Messy and precise”: peculiarities and parallels between the performing arts and higher education.” Chapter in Pedagogical peculiarities: conversations at the edge of university teaching. Leiden, The Netherlands. Brill:Sense.

Selected Journal/pressArticles

James, A,. (2020) The Power of Play in HE. Article in Dyslexia Review. Volume 30, No. 1. Spring 2020.

James, A. (2017) “Why Play Matters in a World of REF, TEF and What the Jeff.” In Compass: Journal of Learning and Teaching, Vol. 10, No.3. University of Greenwich. ISSN 2044-0073

James, A. and Barton, G. (2017) “LEGO SERIOUS PLAY, Threshold Concepts and Systems Thinking: Towards a Combined Methodology” in PESTLHE ISSN 1750-8428Practice and Evidence of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.Vol 10 Special Issue: Threshold Concepts and Conceptual Difficulty. Eds.  Land, R., Rattray, J. & Matthew, R.

James, A. (2015) “Call it anything you want, just don’t call it the real world” blogpost for the Times Higher December 2015, online and print

James, A. (2015) “Developing Leadership Through Play”. Invited article for Developing Leaders Magazine http://www.iedp.comPrint and online article.

James, A. (2013) “Lego Serious Play. A three dimensional approach to learning development” in the Journal for Learning Development In Higher Education.   Issue 6, November 2013. ISSN:1759-667X