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 17 June, 2019
Time: 12.30-2pm
Venue: Room G31, Jubilee
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: “Hey-ho Let’s Go! Are you Sure I am Happy?” Children, Law and Happiness


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.

RT @liamberriman: It was great to be interviewed by the ZX Spectrum last week - a Brighton-based tech podcast. We covered a lot of gr……

RT @liamberriman: Very excited to announce that our 'Everyday Childhoods' project dataset is now an open-access archive, available vi……

Fantastic new resource from CIRCY and @SussexHumsLab…

RT @MichelleLefevr1: Please can you encourage practising social workers in your networks to do our survey! @dez_holmes…

RT @SussexHumsLab: A unique opportunity to hear Professor Joni Seager, pioneering feminist geographer & author at the Sussex Humanitie……

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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