The research fields that Jan van Boeckel is particularly drawn to are: arts-based environmental education, environmental aesthetics, philosophy of nature, education science in general (and specifically environmental education and education for sustainable development), art and ecology, sustainable- and meta-design, (eco)phenomenology, and the psychology of climate change.

Jan explored the latter theme through arts-based presentations and activities at the Climate Existence conferences (2016 & 2018) in Sigtuna, Sweden. In 2016, he was a member of a research commission of the British Educational Research Association that focused on ‘Reviewing the potential and challenges of developing STEAM education through creative pedagogies for 21st century learning.’ The final report (2018, in PDF) can be downloaded here. Between 2011 and 2014, Jan was member of the Dutch advisory group ‘Designing for the future’ (Ontwerpen voor de toekomst) on sustainable development and art education, established by EDU-ART.

Presently, Jan van Boeckel is member of two research groups. One on the theme of Art & Science in Education (Kunst og vitenskap i læring) at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences in Ås, headed by Professor Edvin Østergaard. The other on Arts-Based Environmental Education at Aalto University in Finland, led by Professor Anniina Suominen. In 2017, Van Boeckel was guest editor-in-chief for a special issue of the Arts & Teaching Journal Artizein. For this edition (which appeared in November 2017), authors and artists were invited to reflect on new developments at the interface of art, education, and the natural environment. Here is the overview in PURE of Jan’s most recent research activities.

Jan’s doctoral dissertation, At the Heart of Art and Earth, first appeared in 2013 and was reprinted in 2014, 2017, and 2022. On this page, a form opens up through which you can order a printed copy. A PDF of the book is downloadable here (Open Access), and via this link you can easily scroll through it on screen, page by page.

Review by Professor Carl Leggo
(University of British Columbia, Canada)
Review by Wioletta Anna Piaścik
(Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland)
Short review by Oleg Koefoed


Here is an overview of Jan van Boeckel’s other publications:

Most titles can be accessed here (opens in a new window).

In 1992, Jan was content editor and illustrator for the book De risico’s van het denken (‘The risks of thinking’), written by his father, Jos van Boeckel (but which he never finished during his life). Its subtitle is ‘The confrontation between Native American spirituality and Western technology.’ The book was published (under pseudonym Jaap Breeveld) by publisher Jan van Arkel in The Netherlands. A summary in English of the book can be accessed here. The whole book can be downloaded as pdf, and ordered as a printed publication.