Dr Neil Boland

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Senior Lecturer

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 7341

Email: neil.boland@aut.ac.nz

Physical Address:

AR204, School of Education, AUT North Shore Campus
90 Akoranga Drive, Northcote, Auckland 0627.

Postal Address:

School of Education A-14, AUT North Shore Campus
Private Bag 92006, Auckland 1142.


  • PhD, Auckland University of Technology
  • MMus (Theory and Analysis), King's College, University of London
  • MusB (1st class hons.), Manchester University
  • New Zealand registered teacher, #162198.

Memberships and Affiliations:

  • Chair of Board, Steiner Education Development Trust
  • Member of Advisory Committee, School of Education, University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia
  • Member of International Network of Academic Steiner Teacher Educators, Vienna, Austria
  • Member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Research on Steiner Education Journal (RoSE), Oslo, Norway
  • Advisor to Steiner Education Australia
  • Advisor to Pedagogical Section, Goetheanum, Switzerland


Neil has experience in the following fields:

  • Teacher development
  • Social and emotional education
  • First-person research
  • Practice-led exegeses
  • Music and arts-based research
  • Steiner Waldorf education

His research interests include: teacher creativity, meditation as a first-person methodology, educational living theory, embodied spirituality in child- and adulthood, arts-based research, Steiner Waldorf education, music for and with young children.

Teaching Areas:

  • Critical issues in education
  • Futures education
  • Teaching through and in the arts
  • Steiner Waldorf education

Research Areas:

  • Music in early childhood
  • Holistic education
  • First-person research
  • Spirituality in education
  • Steiner Waldorf education

Current Research Projects:

Teacher creativity
How teachers' perceptions of their own creativity affect creativity in children

Early childhood music
Music in Steiner early childhood centres in New Zealand: Ideals and realities


  • Boland, N. (Ed.). (In press). The inner work of the Waldorf teacher (M. Merle, Trans.). Dornach, Switzerland: Verlag am Goetheanum
  • Steiner, R. (1919/In press). The first teacher education course (N. Boland & J. McAlice, Eds.) (M. Saar, Trans.). Dornach, Switzerland: Verlag am Goetheanum.
  • Boland, N. (2019). The developing Steiner practitioner: Exploring teacher being. Journal of Waldorf/Rudolf Steiner Education, 21, 25-34.
  • Boland, N. (2019). Waldorf pedagogy around the globe. In C. Willmann (Ed.), International Network of Academic Teacher Education: The next generation of Waldorf teachers (pp. 14-15). Vienna, Austria: INASTE.
  • Boland, N. (2019). Mood of the fifth: Exploring interbeing with(in) the refrain. Unpublished doctoral thesis. Auckland, New Zealand: Auckland University of Technology. https://openrepository.aut.ac.nz/handle/10292/12433
  • Boland, N. (2018). Waldorf education and social justice. Renewal: A Journal for Waldorf Education, 27(2), 26-28.
  • Boland, N., & Demirbeg, J. R. (2018). Honolulu Teachers Explore Place: Teaching Through Aloha. Research Bulletin, 23(2), 4-19.
  • Boland, N. (2017). Travels in education: Towards Waldorf 2.0. Educational Journal of Living Theories, 10(2), 51-80.
  • Boland, N., & Demirbeg, J. R. (2017). (Re)inhabiting Waldorf education:  Honolulu teachers explore the notion of place. Educational Journal of Living Theories, 10(2), 20-50.
  • Boland, N. (2017). Engaging (or not) with community. Pacifica Journal, 52(2), 14-17. [Also published in Spanish and German]
  • Boland, N. (2017). Waldorf: An education of its time? Pacifica Journal, 51(1), 26-30. [Also published in Spanish and German]
  • Boland, N. (2016). A sense of place within the Waldorf curriculum. Pacifica Journal, 50, 19-24.
  • Boland, N. (2016). Sticking wings on a caterpillar? Pacifica Journal, 49(1), 4-6.
  • Boland, N. (2015). The globalisation of Steiner education: Some considerations. Research on Steiner Education Journal, 6, 192-202.
  • Boland, N. (2015). Aotearoa New Zealand. In C. Clouder (Ed.), Social and emotional education: An international analysis. Fundación Botín report 2015 (pp. 143-186). Santander, Spain: Fundación Botín.
  • Boland, N. (2015). Nueva Zelanda. In C. Clouder (Ed.), Educación emocional y social: Análisis internacional. Informe Fundación Botín 2015 (pp. 151-198). Santander, Spain: Fundación Botín. [in Spanish]
  • Boland, N. (2015). Skills for social progress: The power of social and emotional skills [Book Review]. International Journal of Emotional Education, 7(1), 85-87.
  • Boland, N. (2014). Steinerpædagogik: En fremtidsvision eller et fortidslevn? [Steiner education: Vision for the future or relic?]. Steinerskolen: Tidsskrift for pedagogikk, samfunn og kultur, 4, 5-7. [in Danish]
  • Cefai, C., Clouder, C., Antognazza, D., Boland, N., Cavioni, V., Heys, B., Madrazo, C., & Solborg, C. (2014). From Pisa to Santander: A statement on children’s growth and wellbeing. International Journal of Emotional Education, 6(2), 86-89.
  • Boland, N. (2014). A critical analysis of two educational research approaches, identifying the underlying epistemological assumptions, intentions and methods of each. Educational Provocations 2013, 33-43.
  • Arnold, S., & Boland, N. (2014). What happened to the village that was supposed to raise the child? In Conference Proceedings: Children in Crisis, Hamilton, New Zealand.
  • Boland, N. (2013). Listen to This! In B. Clark, A. Grey, & L. Terreni (Ed.), Kai tipu te wairua toi: Fostering the creative spirit (pp. 125-130). Auckland, New Zealand: Pearson.

Keynote speeches

  • Boland, N., & Osswald, F. (2020, February). Three keynote addresses at 2020 Asian Teacher Educators Conference, Taichung, Taiwan.
  • Boland, N. (2019, December). Experiences of superdiversity in Auckland, New Zealand. Keynote address to the Tokyo International High School Students' Conference, Tokyo, Japan.
  • Boland, N. (2019, September) What does an adaptive approach to curriculum look like? Keynote address to the annual conference of Steiner Schools of Western Australia, Perth, Australia.
  • Boland, N. (2019, August). Waldorf education: Deepening theory, extending practice. Five keynote addresses at the International Association of Steiner/Waldorf Early Childhood Education conference, Beijing, China
  • Boland, N. (2019, April). The developing Steiner practitioner: Exploring teacher being. Keynote address at the conference From the inside out: 100 years of Steiner education, Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Boland, N., & Williams, L. (2018, June). Social justice: Place, race, gender and class in Waldorf education. Four keynote speeches at the 2018 Conference of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America, Washington, DC.
  • Boland, N. (2016, February). Audits of place, time and community. Three keynote speeches at the 2016 Pacific Rim conference: A sense of place within the Waldorf curriculum, Honolulu, HI.
  • Boland, N. (2015, September). Three keynote speeches at the conference Dansk Lærerstævne 2015, Aarhus, Denmark.
  • Boland, N. (2014, August). Steiner education: Looking forwards? Looking backwards? Five keynote speeches presented to the Oslokusus, Oslo, Norway.
  • Boland, N. (2014, July). Steiner education: Impulse towards the future? Keynote speech presented at the conference Meeting the Challenges of our Time, Noosa, Australia.
  • Boland, N. (2014, July). Steiner Education for 21st Century Aotearoa New Zealand. Keynote speech presented at the conference Meeting Diversity, Auckland, New Zealand.

Conference presentations / Guest speaker

  • Boland, N. (2019, May 10-11). What does diversity look like in a Steiner school? Two presentations at the 12th Australian Governance, Leadership and Management Conference, How do we lead and govern for social renewal? Sydney, Australia.
  • Boland, N. (2015, May 5-7). Localising Steiner education: The needs and the challenges. Three papers presented at the conference The meeting point: Transforming understanding into action. Byron Bay, Australia, July 3-7, 2015..
  • Boland, N. (2015, May 16). The globalisation of Steiner education: Some considerations. Paper presented at the Third International Congress of the European Network for Academic Steiner Teacher Education, Vienna, Austria.
  • Arnold, S. J., Steiner, D., & Boland, N. (2013). What has become of the village that was supposed to raise the child? Paper presented at the conference Children in Crisis. Hamilton, NZ.
  • Boland, N. (2013, May 3). Māori encounters with Steiner in teacher education. Paper presented at the conference The Educator's View of the Human Being: Consequences for Schools and Teacher Education, Zentrum für Kultur und Pädagogik, Vienna, Austria.
  • Boland, N. (2012, April 12). An alternative model: Steiner teacher education in a New Zealand state university. Presentation at the World Steiner Teachers’ Conference, Dornach, Switzerland.
  • Boland, N. (2012, July). Mood of the Fifth: The foundation of music in Steiner EC centres.  Five presentations to the conference Rediscovering the Secret Sacred in Contemporary Professional Life, Alice Springs, Australia.
  • Awards:

    • Faculty of Society and Culture, Excellence in Teaching (New Lecturer) Award, 2012
    • Academic Staff Doctoral Award, Auckland University of Technology, 2018
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