School of Education and Social Work

Centre for Innovation and Research in Childhood and Youth (CIRCY)

Welcome to the Centre for Innovation and Research in Childhood and Youth

The Centre for Innovation and Research in Childhood and Youth (CIRCY) brings together research, scholarship and expertise in the arena of childhood and youth. It is an interdisciplinary, pan-university research centre, involving members from the social sciences, arts, humanities and professional fields including social work, law, education and health.

In addition to its University of Sussex membership, CIRCY benefits from an international advisory group which includes academics and policy and professional experts in the field of childhood and youth. CIRCY is directed by Professor Janet Boddy and Dr Michelle Lefevre.

Research within the Centre is conducted within the themes (i) Childhood Publics; (ii) ‘Good Childhoods’ and (Extra)ordinary Children; (iii) Emotional Lives; (iv) Digital Childhoods; (v) Methodological Innovation.

Our aim is to create a space for dialogue, collaboration, creativity and capacity-building - supporting new research and knowledge exchange. CIRCY provides a stimulating environment for doctoral students working in the area of childhood, youth and family studies and a destination for visiting academics and opinion formers.

Don't miss ...

Open Research Seminar

Date: Monday 5 June     
Time: 5-6.30pm     
Venue: Room G22, Jubilee
Speaker: Tess Ridge, Professor of Social Policy & Deputy Head of Department of Social & Policy Sciences, University of Bath
Title: Taking the Time to Listen: Developing QLR studies that make space and time for the needs and concerns of low-income children and parents to be heard
Seminar promo: CIRCY Seminar Promo: 5june2017 [PDF 128.22KB]


See details of past, as well as upcoming, CIRCY-hosted events on the Events page

Picture the Future


CIRCY is planning a year-long programme of activities on the theme of ‘Children, Young People and the Future’. Adults often say that ‘children are the future’, but we don’t know if children and young people think about this in the same way as adults. So we want to learn from you about how you picture the future – what’s important to you, what’s exciting, and what do you think life might be like?

How can you do that? Make a picture and send it to us!

We would like you to send us your picture of the future. You can make a picture of anything you want, and you can make your picture in any way you want - take a photo, draw something, or make something and take a photo of it. It’s entirely up to you!

We will collect all of the pictures to make an online exhibition on our website. We will email everyone who sends a picture when the exhibition goes live so that you can see your picture online. 

We will also select up to 20 pictures to use in publicity for our research centre (in other bits of the website and in the annual report, which is like a magazine that we send to our members). To say thanks, we will give a £10 cinema voucher to anyone whose picture is used, and a £20 cinema voucher for the person whose picture is picked for the front cover.

What's next?

Complete the form on this page. You can submit as many pictures as you want, but you must submit a new form with each picture.

NOTE: The closing date for entries is Sunday 4 June 2017.  If your picture wins a cinema voucher, we will let you know by the end of June 2017


The Centre for Innovation and Research in Childhood and Youth is an inter-disciplinary research centre at the University of Sussex.

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CIRCY Director:
Professor Janet Boddy
T +44 (0)1273 872768

CIRCY Co-Director:

Dr Michelle Lefevre
T +44 (0)1273 877656

CIRCY Graduate Teaching/Research Assistant:

Elsie Whittington

CIRCY Administrator:
Jane Shepard

Centre for Innovation and Research in Childhood and Youth (CIRCY)
School of Education and Social Work
Essex House
University of Sussex
Falmer, Brighton