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 ...

Date: Monday 6 February, 2017  
Time: 5-6.30pm   
Venue: Room 118, Jubilee Lecture Theatre
Speaker: Dr Ben Fincham, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of Sussex
Title: Fun and Childhood
Seminar promo: CIRCY Seminar Promo: 6feb2017 [PDF 121.16KB]

See details of more upcoming CIRCY-hosted events on our Events page

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CIRCY podcasts showcasing five examples of CIRCY’s work in methodological innovation on our Communicate page.


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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We're looking forward to our members' workshop on Monday, working w/ @walkingpix on film-making for data collection, dissemination & impact.

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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