Anne-Nelly Perret-Clermont

Anne-Nelly Perret-Clermont

Professor Emerita
Institute of Psychology and Education,
University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Bio and Research Interest

Anne-Nelly Perret-Clermont studied psychology with Jean Piaget in the University of Geneva, vocational guidance in the University of Lausanne, and child development in the Institute of Education, University of London.

She conducts research in social and cultural psychology with a special interest for the study of thinking as a contextualized and developmental activity. She has been interested in the transition from youth to adulthood with special attention to vocational training. She is presently coordinating an interdisciplinary project on knowledge-oriented argumentation.

She has been involved in educational research and teacher training, member of several committees for science policy, co-founder and co-president of DORE, an action of the Swiss National Science Foundation to support field-oriented research in social, health and educational sciences and in art and music. 


Recent Positions and honors

Member of the Council of the Università della Svizzera Italiana

Member of the Council of  the Université de Neuchâtel

Member of the evaluation committee of ASLAN (Advanced Studies on LANguage complexity) winner of the national competition in France for Laboratoire d’excellence

Yelpanov Medal Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

Dr. honoris causa University of Göteborg



University of Geneva, 1976


Tartas, V., Perret-Clermont, A.-N., & Baucal, A. (2016). Experimental micro-histories, private speech and a study of children’s learning and cognitive development Journal for the Study of Education and Development, 39(4), 772-811.

Kontopodis, M., & Perret-Clermont, A.-N. (2016). Educational settings as interwoven socio-material orderings. [Special Issue]. European Journal of Psychology of Education, 31(1)

Muller Mirza, N., & Perret-Clermont, A.-N. (2016). “Are you really ready to change?” An actor-oriented perspective on a farmers training setting in Madagascar. European Journal of Psychology of Education, 31(1), 79-93.

Psaltis, C., Gillespie, A., & Perret-Clermont, A.-N. (Eds). (2015). Social Relations in Human and Societal Development. Basingstokes (Hampshire, UK): Palgrave Macmillan.

Perret, J.-F. & Perret-Clermont, A.-N. (2011). Apprentice in a changing trade. Charlotte, N.C. USA: Information Age Publishing. 

Perret-Clermont, A.-N. & Barrelet, J.-M. (Eds) (2008/2014). Jean Piaget and Neuchâtel. The Learner and the Scholar. Hove and New York: Psychology Press.

Muller Mirza, N. & Perret-Clermont, A.-N. (Eds). (2009). Argumentation and education: theoretical foundations and practices. Dordrecht, Heidelberg, London, New York: Springer. 


Contact Information

Institut de psychologie et éducation Faculté des lettres et sciences humaines
Université de Neuchâtel
Espace L. Agassiz 1,  CH- 2000 Neuchâtel (Switzerland)

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