James works as a visiting lecturer with graduate and postgraduate students to explore the value, and embed the practice, of socially engaged arts practice and creative, place-based learning, within courses and research programmes.

Recent examples include work carried out with students on the PGCert in Participatory Arts and Media at UWE in Bristol, with doctoral students in Organisational Change at Ashridge Business College in Hertfordshire, and with PGCE students from Bath Spa University.