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: Friday 2 March
Venue: Room 202, Fulton
Time: 1-2.30pm
Speaker: Bernadette Tillard, Professeure des Universités, Mondes du Travail et Mondes Privés (CLERSE - UMR 8019), Université de Lille
Title: Social Workers and Kinship Care in France
 CIRCY seminar promo: 2march2018 [PDF 83.62KB]


See also details of events that have happened already this year on the Events page.

CIRCY winter newsletter 2017/18 front pageCheck out the CIRCY Winter Newsletter: 2017/18 [PDF 784.31KB] to find out what we've been doing over the course of the last term, who's joining us, who's leaving us, and details of upcoming events.

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

Our screening of #CalaisChildren starting soon @SussexUni

Come and join us - screening and Q&A on campus @SussexUni 4.30 today #CalaisChildren…

We’re very excited to be able to host a screening of this important work - all welcome!…

@JanetBoddy @SussexCTLR In conversation: @SussexCIRCY @SussexCTLR exploring the discourse around #resilience, see t……

RT @JanetBoddy: In conversation: @SussexCIRCY @SussexCTLR Perpetua Kirby & Rebecca Webb discussing their research on schooling and……

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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:

Esther McMahon 

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