Adjunct Staff

Emeritus Professor Ben Bradley

BA (Oxon, Human Sciences), MA (Oxon), PhD (Edinb.)

Adjunct Professor

Ben was appointed Foundation Professor of Psychology in 1998 and is now Professor Emeritus. Head of Psychology from 1998-2006, Ben went on to be Dean of Arts, Director of the CSU Degree Initiative, and Presiding Officer of Senate. He resigned from CSU in 2017 to complete Darwin’s Psychology (OUP, 2020), which unearths a Darwin whose key concern was the agency of organisms—from which Darwin derived both his psychology, and his theory of evolution (

Ben has worked on three continents, winning research grants from the MRC and British Academy (UK), NH&MRC and ARC (Australia), and Harvard University (USA). Darwin aside, the bulk of Ben’s research has been on infant sociability. His Visions of Infancy (1989) has been translated into Spanish, French and Italian. He has also published on: infant hatefulness; ante-natal depression; ‘belonging’ in child-care; critical psychology; and evidence that preverbal babies show ‘groupness’ – simultaneously interacting with more than one other group-member.


While Ben no longer teaches at CSU, he has pioneered courses on the psychology of language, untutored art, and qualitative methods in clinical research. He much enjoyed teaching Introductory Psychology and Developmental/Child Psychology. He has supervised many theses: Pass-level; Honours; Masters; and Doctoral.


  • Groupness in infancy
  • Darwin's psychology
  • Intersections between the private life and published psychology of William James
  • Critical psychology
  • Belonging in child care


Publications: Monographs, Books, Special Issues

Bradley, B. (in press). Darwin’s Psychology: The Theatre of Agency. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Bradley, B.S. (2005). Psychology and Experience. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Bradley, BS & Kessen W (1993) (Eds).  The Future of Developmental Theory.  Special Issue of Theory and Psychology, 3 (4), 403-544.

Bradley, BS (1992).  Concepciones de la infancia:  Introduccion critica a la psicologia del nino. Madrid: Alianza Editorial.  (Spanish translation by C del Barrio & A Moreno of Visions of Infancy:  A Critical Introduction to Child Psychology with a new preface by the author).

Bradley, BS (1991).  Immagini dell’infanzia:  introduzione critica alla psicologia evolutiva.  (II Mulino, Rome). pp 257 (Italian translation of Visions of Infancy by A Berti with a new preface by the author).

Bradley, BS (1991).  Des regards sur l’enfance (Edition Eshel, Paris). Pp 270.  (French translation of Visions of Infancy by AM Erieau & E Doisneau-Gueguen, with a preface by Serge Lebovici and a new introduction by the author).

Bradley, BS (1989).  Visions of Infancy:  A Critical Introduction to Child Psychology (Oxford, Polity Press/Basil Blackwell) pp 213.

Bradley, BS (1988). Language and the Dissolution of Individuality:  Beyond the Observation of Moral Development.  MOSAIC Monograph No 3, pp 34.

Holloway, M, Bradley, BS and Connelly, DS (1987) Aspects of Quality Day Care:  An Evaluative Summary of Recent Literature.  (Lady Gowrie Child Centre, Melbourne).

Publications: Articles in Journals

Selby, J.M, Bradley, B.S., Sumsion, J., Stapleton, M., and Harrison, L.L. (2018). Is infant belonging observable? A path through the maze. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 19, 404-416

Sumsion, J., Harrison, L.J., Letsch, K., Bradley, B.S. and Stapleton, M. (2018). ‘Belonging’ in Australian early childhood education and care curriculum and quality assurance: Opportunities and risks. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 19, 340-355

Sumsion, J., Harrison, L.J., and Bradley, B.S. (2018) Building a knowledge base about the impact of early learning frameworks for infants and toddlers, Early Child Development and Care, 6, 651-664

Bradley, B.S. & Smithson, M.J. (2017). Groupness in Preverbal Infants: Proof of Concept. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 385 (doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00385).

Harrison, L.J., Sumsion, J., Bradley, B.S., Letsch, K. & Salamon, A. (2017). Flourishing on the margins: a study of babies and belonging in an Australian Aboriginal community childcare centre. European Early Childhood Educational Research Journal (published online 28/2/2017).

Sumsion, J. Harrison, L.J., & Bradley, B.S. (2016). Building a Knowledge-Base about the Impact of Early Leaning Frameworks for Infants and Toddlers. Early Child Development and Care, (published online 8/9/2016).

Bradley, B.S. (2015). Deconstruction reassigned?‘The child’, antipsychology and the fate of the empirical. Feminism & Psychology, 25, 284-304.

Liddle, M-J., Bradley, B.S. & McGrath (2015). Baby empathy and peer prosocial responses. Infant Mental Health Journal,  36, 446-458.

Elwick, S., B.S. Bradley & J. Sumsion (2014). Creating spaces for infants to influence ECEC practice: The encounter, ├ęcart, reversibility and ethical reflection. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 46, 873-885.

Stratigos, T., Bradley, B.S., & Sumsion, J. (2014). Infants, family day care and the politics of belonging. International Journal of Early Childhood, 46, 171-186.

Elwick, S., B.S. Bradley & J. Sumsion (2014). Infants as others: uncertainties, difficulties, and (im)possibilities in researching infants’ lives. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 27, 196-213.

Goldney, J. & Bradley, B.S. (2013). Women’s Experience of Resignation from Paid Work in Response to Motherhood in an Australian setting. Journal of the Motherhood Initiative, 4, 130-142.

Stratigos, T., Sumsion, J. & Bradley, B.S. (2013). Infants in Family Day Care: Stories of Smooth and Striated Space. Global Studies of Childhood, 3, 265-275.

Bradley, B.S., Sumsion, J., Stratigos, T & Elwick, S. (2012). Baby events: Assembling descriptions of infants in family day care. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 13, 141-153.

Bradley, B.S. (2011). Darwin’s Sublime: The Contest between Reason and Imagination in On the Origin of Species. Journal of the History of Biology, 44, 205-232.

Sumsion J, Harrison L, Press F, Mcleod S, Goodfellow J and Bradley BS (2011) Researching infants’ experiences of early childhood education and care. In: Harcourt D, Perry B and Waller T (eds) Researching Young Children’s Perspectives: Debating the Ethics and Dilemmas of Educational Research with Young Children. London: Routledge, pp.113-127.

Goodfellow, J., Elwick, S., Stratigos, T., Sumsion, J., Press, F., Harrison, L., McLeod, S., & Bradley, B. (2011).  Infants' lives in childcare:  Crafting research evidence.  The First Years Nga Tau Tuatahi New Zealand Journal of Infant and Toddler Education 13(2), 43-48.

Bradley, B.S. (2010). Groupies R Us: Infants’ Surprising Capacity for Group-Interaction. Ab Initio (Spring Issue)

Bradley, B.S. (2009). Group life in nine-month-olds. Every Child, 15 (1) downloaded on Feb 17th 2010 from:

Bradley, B.S. (2009). Theology in the wider liberal arts agenda. St Mark’s Review, 210 (4), 63-78

Bradley, B.S. (2008). The Vygotskian family in the supreme court of practice. Culture & Psychology, 14, 37-44.

Du Chesne, L. & Bradley, B.S. (2007). The subjective experience of the lesbian (m)other: An exploration of the construction of lesbian maternal identity. Gay and Lesbian Issues in Psychology Review, 3 (1), 25-33.

Bradley, B.S. (2004). Induction to an Architecture for Liberation.  International Journal of Critical Psychology (D. Papodopoulos, ed. Special Issue  on “Psychology and the Political”), 12, 122-144.

Bradley, B.S., Deighton, J. and Selby, J.M. (2004).  The ‘Voices’ Project: Capacity-building in Community Development for Youth at Risk. Journal of Health Psychology, 9, 197-212

Bradley, B.S. and Selby, J.M. (2004).  Observing Infants in Groups: The Clan Revisited.   The International Journal of Infant Observation..  (C. Urwin and K. Arnold, eds. Special Issue on “Developmental Psychology and Psycho-Analysis”)7, 107-122.

Selby, J.M. and Bradley, B.S. (2003a).  Infants in Groups: A Paradigm for the Study of Early Social Experience.  Human Development, 46, 197-221.

Selby, J.M. and Bradley, B.S. (2003b).  Infants in Groups: Extending the Debate.  Human Development, 46, 247-249.

Selby, J.M. and Bradley, B.S. (2003c).  Action Research Intervention with Young People: A City Council’s Response.  Australasian Psychiatry, 11, S121-S126

Bradley, B.S. & Morss, J.M. (2002). Social construction in a world at risk: Towards a psychology of experience. Theory & Psychology, 12, 531-558.

Benjamin Bradley, ’An Approach to Synchronicity: From Synchrony to Synchronization,’ International Journal of Critical Psychology, 1 (2001): pp.119-144.

Bradley, B.S. & Selby, J.M. (2001). To criticise the critic: Songs of experience. Australian Psychologist, 36(1), 84-87.

Hayes B.A., Muller R., Bradley B.S. (2001). Perinatal depression: A randomized controlled trial of an antenatal education intervention for primparas. Birth, 28(1), 28-35.

Gard M & Bradley BS (2000). Getting away with rape: Erasure of the psyche in evolutionary psychology. Psychology, Evolution & Gender, 2(3), 313-319

Bradley, B.S. (1999). The end of development. Theory & Psychology, 9, 140-143

Bradley, B.S. (1996). Commentary: the object permanence fallacy. Human Development, 39, 127-131.

Hutton, CJ & Bradley, BS (1994).  Effects of sudden infant death on bereaved siblings:  A comparative study. Journal of Child Psychology and Child Psychiatry, 35 (4), 723-732.

Bradley, BS (1994). Darwin’s intertextual baby: Erasmus Darwin as precursor in child psychology.  Human Development, 37 (2), 86-102.

Bradley, BS (1994). Why revolutionaries need a new psychological poetic:  Reply to Valsiner.  Theory and Psychology, 4 (1), 151-154.

Bradley, BS (1994). Reply to White, Keegan and Gruber. Human Development, 37 (2), 115-118.

Allen, NB & Bradley, BS (1993).  The place of emotion in stories told by children:  An exploratory study.  Journal of Genetic Psychology, 154 (3), 397-406.

Bradley, BS (1993). Introduction:  The future of developmental theory.  Theory and Psychology, 3 (4), 403-414.

Benjamin Bradley, ‘A Serpent’s Guide to Children’s ‘Theories of Mind’ Theory & Psychology 3 (1993): pp.497-521.

Erwin, PJ, Sanson, A, Amos, D & Bradley, BS (1993).  Family day care and day care centres:  Carer, family and child differences and their implications,  Early Child Development and Care, 86, 89-103.

Bradley, BS (1992).  Trois types de developpementalisme [Three Genres of Developmentalism].  Devenir, 4, 43-61.

Bradley, BS & Sanson, AV (1992).  Promoting quality in infant day care via research:  Conflicting lessons from “the day care controversy”?  Australian Journal of Early Childhood, 17, 123-131.

Bradley, BS (1991). Infancy as paradise.  Human Development, 34:  35-54.

Bradley, BS, Tashevska, M & Selby, JM (1990).  Women’s first experiences of childbirth:  Two hospital settings compared. British Journal of Medical Psychology, 63:  227-237.

Bradley, BS (1989). The asymmetric involvement of infants in social life:  consequences for theory,  Revue Internationale de Psychologie Sociale, 2, 61-81.

Bradley, BS & Gobbart, SK (1989).  Determinants of gender-typed play in toddlers.  Journal of Genetic Psychology, 150 (4), 453-5.

Bradley, B.S. (1985). Failure to distinguish between people and things in early infancy. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 3, 281-292.

Bradley, B.S. (1981). Negativity in early infant-adult exchanges and its developmental significance. European Monographs in Social Psychology, 24, 1-38.

Publications: Chapters in Books

Sumsion, J., Stratigos, T. & Bradley, B.S. (2014). Babies in space. In L. Harrison & J. Sumsion (eds). The Lived Spaces of Infants and Toddlers in Child Care. Berlin: Springer. (pp.43-58).

Sumsion, J., Bradley, B., Stratigos, T. and Elwick, S. (2014) ‘Baby cam’ and participatory research with infants: Opportunities, constraints and dilemmas. In M. Fleer and A. Ridgway (Eds.), Visual Methodologies and Digital Tools for Researching with Young Children. Berlin: Springer. (pp.169-191).

Bradley, B.S. (2014). Childhood/Infancy. In T. Teo (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology. New York: Springer. (pp.215-221).

Bradley, B.S. (2014). Experience. In T. Teo (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology. New York: Springer. (pp.648-654).

Bradley, B.S. (2014). Pedagogy. In T. Teo (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology. New York: Springer. (pp.1338-1341).

Bradley, B.S., Selby, J.M. & Urwin, C. (2012). Group life in babies: Opening up perceptions and possibilities. In C. Urwin & J. Sternberg (eds.), Infant Observation and Research: Emotional Processes in Everyday Lives. Hove: Routledge (pp.137-148).

Press, F., Bradley, B.S., Goodfellow, J., Harrison, L.J., McLeod, S., Sumsion, J., Elwick, E. & Stratigos, T. (2011). Listening to infants about what life is like in childcare: A Mosaic approach. In S. Roulstone & S. McLeod (eds.), Listening to children and young people with speech, language and communication needs. Guildford, UK: J&R Press. (pp.241-250).

Sumsion, J., Harrison, L., Press, F. McLeod, S., Goodfellow, J.,  & Bradley, B.S. (2011). “Researching infants’ experiences of early childhood education and care.” In T. Waller, B. Perry & D. Harcourt (eds), Young children’s perspectives: Ethics, theory and research. London: Routledge. (pp.113-127).

Bradley B.S. (2010). Education and Citizenship: Beyond ‘The University of Excellence.’ In J. Higgs, D. Fish, I. Goulter, S. Loftus, J.-A. Reid & F. Trede (eds.), Education for Future Practice. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers (pp.203-216).

Bradley, B.S. (2010). Jealousy in infant-peer trios: From narcissism to culture. In S. Hart & M. Legerstee (eds.). Handbook of Jealousy: Theories, Principles and Multidisciplinary Approaches. (pp. 192-234). Hoboken NJ: Wiley-Blackwell

Bradley, B.S. (2010). Experiencing symbols. In B. Wagoner (ed.), Symbolic transformations: Toward an interdisciplinary science of symbols. (pp. 93-119). London: Routledge.

Bradley, B.S. (2009). Early trios: Patterns of sound and movement in the genesis of meaning between infants. In S. Malloch and C. Trevarthen (Eds.), Handbook of Communicative Musicality. Oxford: Blackwell-Wiley. (pp.263-280).

Bradley, B.S. (2009). Rethinking ‘experience’ in professional practice: Lessons from clinical psychology. In W.C. Green (ed.), Understanding and researching professional practice. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers (pp.65-82).

Bradley, B.S. (2005). The what of psychical change.  In A. Gulerce et al. (eds.), Contemporary theorizing in psychology: Global perspectives.  New York: Captus Press.

Selby, J.M. and Bradley, B.S. (2005).  Psychologist as moral agent: Negotiating praxis-oriented knowledge in infancy.  In A. Gulerce et al. (Eds.) Contemporary theorizing in psychology: Global perspectives.  New York: Captus Press.

Bradley, B.S. (2002). Synchronicity as a feature of the synchronic. In V. Walkerdine (Ed.), Challenging Subjects: Critical psychology for a new millennium. London: Palgrave. (pp.161-176).

Bradley, B.S. (2000). The role of values in psychology: Implications for a reformed curriculum. In M. Leicester, C. Modgil & S. Modgil (Eds.), Education, Culture and Values, Vol.3. Classroom Issues: Practice, Pedagogy and Curriculum. London: Falmer Press.

Bradley, B.S. (1998). Two ways to talk about change: "The child" of the sublime versus radical pedagogy. In B. Bayer & J. Shotter (Eds.), Reconstructing the Psychological Subject: Bodies, Practices and Technologies. London: Sage.

Bradley, B & Selby J (1996).  Therapy, consciousness-raising and Revolution.  In I Parker & R Spears (Eds), Psychology and Society:  Radical Theory and Practice.  London: Pluto.

Bradley, B.S. (1995). Dziecinstwo jako raj.  In A. Brzezinska et al., (eds.), Dziecko w zabawie I swiecie jezka. Posnan: Zysk I S-ka Wydawnictwo. (pp.295-327; being a translation into Polish of “Infancy as paradise”).

Bradley, B.S. (1993). Questioning the researcher’s existence: From deconstruction to practice. In L. Mos, W. Thorngate, B. Kaplan and H. Stam (eds.), Recent trends in theoretical psychology, vol. III. New York: Springer-Verlag (pp.143-152).

Bradley, B.S. (1984). Individuality and conflicts in commitment. In G. Lind (ed.), Morality, Cognition, Education. Konstanz: University of Konstanz Press (pp.101-112).

Bradley, B.S. & Trevarthen, C.B. (1978). Babytalk as an adaptation to the infant's communication. In N. Waterson and C. Snow (Eds.), The Development of Communication. London: Wiley.


Ben has been a member of the:

  • International Society for Theoretical Psychology
  • Australian Psychological Society
  • British Psychological Society

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