Honorary Professorial Fellow University of Melbourne Australia

The Implications of the Climate Crisis for Human Development and for Developmental Scholars

Short Bio

Ann Sanson is an Honorary Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne. Her research career principally focused on social and emotional development from infancy to adulthood, particularly through large-scale longitudinal studies such as the Australian Temperament Project and the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children.

As her awareness of the implications of the climate crisis for children and young people grew, her work shifted towards seeking to understand the impacts of climate change on young people, how they are responding to awareness of the threat it poses to their future lives, and how they can best be supported to thrive and cope effectively with the crisis.

She has over 200 publications, and is a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society and the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development. Besides academic publications, she also helps parent, school and community groups to support children in responding to the climate crisis, and lobbies for urgent climate action at local and national levels.