photo of treeAll single authored unless otherwise stated. To conform with copyright where papers are made available they are usually in the final draft form.

Journal articles and book chapters are arranged under subject areas: environmental philosophy, aesthetics, Goethean science, although there are overlaps.

Environmental Philosophy

‘Gardening and the Power of Engagement with Nature for Mental Well-being’ in  The Oxford Handbook of Mental Health and Contemporary Western Aesthetics 2023 Poltrum, M. (ed) et. al. pp. C18S1-C18P111.

‘Ethics of Agricultural Landscapes and Food production’ in Zeunart, J. & Waterman, T. (ed)  Routledge Handbook of Landscape and Food, 2018: London: Routledge.

‘Restoring or Re-storying the Lake District: applying responsive cohesion to a current problem situation, Environmental Values 27, 2018: 427-445.

‘Make, do, and mend: embodied environmental engagement’ in Brady, E. and Phemister, P. eds 2012, Human-Environment Relations: transformative values in theory and practice, Dordrecht: Springer, 109-120.

‘The Virtues of Gardening’ in O’Brien, D. ed. 2010, Gardening: Philosophy for Everyone, London: Wiley, pp. 13-25.

‘The Importance of Nature, Green Spaces, and Gardens in Human Wellbeing’ Ethics, Place and Environment 13.3, 2010: 295-312.

‘Why Study Environmental Ethics’ in Keller, D. ed. 2010, Environmental Ethics: the big questions London: Blackwell.

United Kingdom in Callicott, B. and Frodeman, R. eds 2009, Encyclopaedia of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy Farmington Hills, MI, Macmillan, 335-339.

‘Can Spirit of Place be a Guide to Ethical Building?’ in Ethics and the Built Environment Fox, W. ed. 2000, London: Routledge, 139-151.
Reprinted in Thompson, I. 2009 Rethinking Landscape: a critical reader, London: Routledge, 216-225.

‘Restoring Landscapes: The authenticity problem’ Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 31, 2006, 1600-1605.

‘Can Merleau-Ponty’s Notion of “Flesh” Inform or even Transform Environmental Thinking’ Environmental Values 14:3, 2005, 353-362.

‘Making Here Like There: Place attachment, displacement and the urge to garden’ Ethics, Place and Environment 6:3, 2003, 223-230.

‘Experiencing Place: Ocularcentrism and Merleau-Ponty’s Redeeming of the Role of Vision’ Journal for the British Society for Phenomenology Vol. 33:1 2002 pp. 68-77.

Environmental Aesthetics

‘Enlivening and Deadening Green and Gray Spaces: an exploration of Christopher Alexander’s features of living design’ Contemporary Aesthetics vol.22. (2024)  (note this is also available open access on the journal website)

‘Wonder Revisited’ Journal of Scottish Thought, Vol 11: Aesthetics, Nature and Religion: Ronald W. Hepburn and his Legacy, Part II (2019).

‘Aesthetic Appreciation of Landscape’ in Howard, P. et. al. (eds) 2019, The Routledge Companion to Landscape Studies, 2nd edition, London: Routledge, 39-50.

‘Reinterpreting the picturesque as an engaged appreciation of nature’ Chapter 9 in Malpas, J. ed. 2011, The Place of Landscape: Concepts, Contexts, Studies, Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 165-181.

‘Wildness in the English Garden Tradition: A reassessment of the picturesque from environmental philosophy’ Ethics and the Environment 13:1, 2008, 105-120.

‘The Aesthetic Qualities of Unauthorized Environmental Interventions’ Ethics, Place and Environment, 10:3, 2007, 307-318.

With Emily Brady ‘The Ethics and Aesthetics of Topiary’ Ethics and the Environment 8:1 2003, 127-142.

‘Without waste or destruction: the aesthetics of coppicing’, Thingmount Papers, Philosophy Department, Lancaster University, ISSN 1362-7066, 1999.

Goethean Science

Goethe’s Scientific Method – the path not taken in Rist, S., Bottazzi, P. & Jacobi, J. (eds) 2023 Critical Sustainability Sciences: Intercultural and emancipatory perspectives, pp. 198-215. London: Routledge. (This chapter relies heavily on the two below.)

‘A New Science from a Historical Figure: Goethe as Holistic Scientist’ in Wright, J. (ed) 2021 Subtle Agroecologies: farming with the hidden half of nature, pp.71-80: London: CRC Press.

‘Engaging in the Goethean Method: an approach for understanding the farm?’ In Wright, J. (ed) 2021 Subtle Agroecologies: farming with the hidden half of nature, pp.229-238: London: CRC Press.

‘Dualism, Monism and the Wonder of Materiality as Revealed through Goethean Observation’ Philosophy Activism and Nature 6, 2009, 33-39.

‘Goethean Science as a Way to Read Landscape’ Landscape Research Vol 23, No. 1, 1998, . 51-69.

With Vernon Pratt ‘Goethe’s Archetype and the Romantic Self’ Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, Vol. 26, 1996, 351-365. (sorry I don’t have a digital copy of this but will try to find one)


photo of bookBrady, E., Brook, I. & Prior, J. 2018 Between Nature and Culture: the aesthetics of modified environments, London: Rowman and Littlefield.

Edited Collections

Brook, I. 2010 ed. Environmental Aesthetics a special issue of Environmental Values 19.3.



‘Education for Sustainable Development’ Environmental Values 22:6, 2013

‘Building on the Past, Creating a Future’ Environmental Values 20:4, 2011.

‘Ronald Hepburn and the humanizing of Environmental Aesthetics’ Environmental Values 19:3, 2010.

‘Turning up the heat on climate change: are transition towns an answer?’ Environmental Values 18:2, 2009.

‘Convergence, Divergence and the Complex Nature of Environmental Problems’ Environmental Values 17:1, 2008.

‘Ethics Gets Real’ Environmental Values 15:4, 2006.

‘Collaborative Working’ Environmental Values 14:2, 2005.

Book Reviews

Powell, J. 2019 Dancing with Time: the garden as art. Reviewed for British Journal of Aesthetics, 2019.

Cameron, J. 2016 Blackstone Chronicles: Placemaking on a Tasmanian island , Reviewed for Environmental and Architectural Phenomenology 28:2. 2017.

Brady, E. 2013 The Sublime in Modern Philosophy: aesthetics, ethics and nature, (Cambridge University Press) reviewed for Environmental Values

Berleant A. 2010, Sensibility and Sense: the aesthetic transformation of the human world. Reviewed for the British Journal of Aesthetics 2010.

Moore, R. 2008, Natural Beauty: a theory of aesthetics beyond the arts. Reviewed for Environmental Values 19:3, 409-412, 2010.

Schwartz, E. 2009, At Home in the World: human nature, ecological thought, and education after Darwin. Reviewed for Environmental Values 18:4, 519-521, 2009.

Cooper, D. 2006, A Philosophy of Gardens. Reviewed for Philosophical Books 49:2, 186-188, 2008.

Berleant, A. 2005, Aesthetics and Environment: Variations on a theme. Reviewed for Environmental Values 15:4, 534-535, 2006.

Clayton, S. and Optow, S. 2003, Identity and the Natural Environment: The psychological significance of nature. Reviewed for WorldViews, 2006.

Richards, R. 2002, The Romantic Conception of Life: Science and philosophy in the age of Goethe. Reviewed for Organisation and Environment, 17:4, 14-16, 2004.

Smith, M. 2001, An Ethics of Place. Reviewed for Environmental Values, 12:4, 542-543, 2003.

PhDs Examined

Helena Fox, 2023, ‘From Anaesthetic to Aesthetic in the Clinic: an arts, practice-based inquiry into everyday aesthetic experience for healthcare practicioners’. (Oxford Brookes University).

Maris Palmi, 2015, ‘Energy trees for a humane and viable future: a social sculpture approach linking individual and social capital’ (Oxford Brookes University).

Guȏbjörg Rannveig Jóhannesdóttir, 2015, ‘ Icelandic Landscapes: beauty and the aesthetic in environmental decision making’ (University of Iceland).

Claudia Schluermann, 2014 ‘Material as a gateway to other forms of knowing: what the secrets in materials and processes have to offer in the field of transformative social practice’ (Oxford Brookes University)

Jonathan Prior,  2012, ‘The Roles of Aesthetic Value in Ecological Restoration: Cases from the United Kingdom’ (Edinburgh University).

Mary-Lou Barratt, 2010, ‘We are the revolution: social practice art’ (Oxford Brookes University)