Big Ideas 2015

Marc de Rosnay BIF Large

Prof. Marc de Rosnay 


"My research focuses on emotional development in early childhood, and the long-term influence of early relationships and parenting practices on children’s emotional development"

When are children to blame for their actions?

Professor Marc de Rosnay’s research focuses on emotional development in early childhood, with particular emphasis on the ways that young children understand emotions and the inter-play between such understanding and their emotional experiences. In this talk Professor de Rosnay will ask the audience to consider the nature of self-control and responsibility for action. Questions of this kind are familiar to the law and to philosophy, but they should also be at the heart of our everyday thinking about children, and our understanding of their development. He believes that a proper consideration of these factors in early childhood takes us some way to a framework for social justice that will be acceptable to most members of our society.

Prof. Marc de Rosnay is the current Professor & Academic Head of Early Start at the UOW. In this role, Prof. de Rosnay is leading transformational initiatives between the University and the community with the goal of improving educational and social opportunities for young children in regional, rural and remote contexts. Between 2003 and 2006 Marc was awarded a prestigious College Fellowship (Churchill College, University of Cambridge) in recognition of his original work on emotion understanding in infancy and early childhood. In 2006 he moved to the School of Psychology, University of Sydney, where he held and Australian Research Council (ARC) Postdoctoral Fellowship between 2007 and 2010. Marc joined Early Start in 2014 because of his belief that early intervention provides the single best mechanism to improve children’s lives.  

Last reviewed: 11 March, 2016