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.

Tracey Fuller wins prestigious Counselling Research Award

Education Teaching Fellow and doctoral researcher, Tracey Fuller, is the winner of a new and prestigious national counselling research award created to aid the dissemination of research with important implications for counselling training or counselling practice. Through highlighting significant research, documenting it on video, and disseminating it online, the award aims to make research accessible and engaging to all counselling trainees and practitioners. 

See full details.

Picture the Future


CIRCY is planning a year-long programme of activities on the theme of ‘Children, Young People and the Future’. Adults often say that ‘children are the future’, but we don’t know if children and young people think about this in the same way as adults. So we want to learn from you about how you picture the future – what’s important to you, what’s exciting, and what do you think life might be like?

How can you do that? Make a picture and send it to us!

We would like you to send us your picture of the future. You can make a picture of anything you want, and you can make your picture in any way you want - take a photo, draw something, or make something and take a photo of it. It’s entirely up to you!

We will collect all of the pictures to make an online exhibition on our website. We will email everyone who sends a picture when the exhibition goes live so that you can see your picture online. 

We will also select up to 20 pictures to use in publicity for our research centre (in other bits of the website and in the annual report, which is like a magazine that we send to our members). To say thanks, we will give a £10 cinema voucher to anyone whose picture is used, and a £20 cinema voucher for the person whose picture is picked for the front cover.

What's next?

Complete the form on this page. You can submit as many pictures as you want, but you must submit a new form with each picture.

NOTE: The closing date for entries is Sunday 4 June 2017.  If your picture wins a cinema voucher, we will let you know by the end of June 2017

Read the latest CIRCY blog post ...

Supporting Statutory Sex and Relationships Education

Don't miss ...

Open Research Seminar

Date: Wednesday 24 May, 2017     
Time: 1.30-3pm      
Venue: Room 202, Fulton
Speaker: Nuno Ferreira, Professor of Law, Sussex Law School, School of Law, Politics and Sociology
Title: Rights and Welfare Perspectives of Children's Training in Football Academies
Seminar promo: CIRCY Seminar Promo: 24may2017 [PDF 119.73KB]


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


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

RT @JanetBoddy: The wonder of #teenmovies - my @SussexCIRCY colleague @pamthur does brilliant research on this topic.…

RT @smnolas: more desire lines from @AruldossV discover our lines of flight @SU_Connectors over last year #childhoodpublics…

RT @JanetBoddy: Wonderful to meet potential @SussexBACY @SussexUni students today at our #applicantvisitday #avd - thx for great co……

RT @bengoldacre: Bad luck UK scientists, this includes research. "Brussels starts to freeze Britain out of EU contracts" -……

The fab @SussexCIRCY @SussexBACY @SussexUni Tracey Fuller has won the @BACP national counselling research award!

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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