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 Professor 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.

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Date: Monday 8 April, 2019
Time: 4.30-6pm
Venue: Room 143, Jubilee Building
Speaker: Dr Maria Moscati, Lecturer in Family Law & Co-director of the Centre for Cultures of Reproduction, Technologies and Health (CORTH), University of Sussex
Title: (Children, happiness and the law)


Check out the details of all upcoming CIRCY-hosted events (and those that have happened already this year) on our Events web page.


Check out CIRCY's latest blog post on Notes from an Interdisciplinary Island by CIRCY Research Associate and Education Tutor (Primary and Early Years BA), Esther McMahon.

CIRCY annual report 2018 coverDownload the CIRCY Annual Report: 2018



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

Delighted to have Rachael Stryker from California State University give a joint CIRCY and @SussexCIE seminar: Mon 1……

Check out the CIRCY blog exploring an interdisciplinary imagination...from CIRCY Research Associate Esther McMahon……

Notes from an Interdisciplinary Island… via @wordpressdotcom

RT @SussexUniPress: A lovely piece of glass for the mantelpiece. Congrats to @MichelleLefevr1 @kehickle Prof Gillian Ruch and Barry Luc……

Great event from our @SussexCIE colleagues, available to watch online.…

Visit SussexCIRCY on Twitter


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

CIRCY Co-Director:

Professor Michelle Lefevre
T +44 (0)1273 877656

CIRCY Research Fellow:

Loreto Rodriguez

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