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.

Don't Miss ...

Date: Tuesday 12 June
Venue: Room G36, Jubilee
Time: 12-1.30pm
Speaker: Dr Dominic Dean, Research Quality Officer, Research Quality and Impact team, Research & Enterprise Services, University of Sussex
Title: Thatcherism's Children in Literature


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


Rachel Thomson and Liam Berriman discuss how their teaching on the Childhood and Youth Studies MA connects with their Everyday Childhoods research project in Digital Childhoods: How our MACYS teaching is underpinned by research.


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

And particular thanks to Jess Cotney and Esther McMahon for making it all happen!

Thank you to all the wonderful visitors - all 169 of them! - who came to our ‘picturing kindness’ event with……

We’re so proud of all our wonderful @SussexBACY students - a pleasure and privilege to work with them @SussexUni…

RT @TOMvenue: We're raising money for @hummingbirdbtn with our screening of Human Flow (12A), Ai Weiwei's stunning documentary on……

Fascinating seminar on Thatcherism’s children in literature from our very own @DrDomDean

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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