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 Michelle Lefevre. with support from co-directors Rebecca Webb and Jo Moran Ellis.

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.


The intensity and scale of the current pandemic signals the need to look at how children and young people experience uncertainties in their diverse lives. COVID-19 is the most recent of many pressing challenges. Climate change being another notable example....

Check out the latest blog, 'COVID-19 and the future of education' posted on 11 June by Rebecca Webb and Perpeua Kirby.


Read CIRCY's latest 'think piece' entitled 'Creative Destruction: Fears and fetishes of children and the future in late modern Britian' by Dr Dominic Dean, Research Excellence Framework Academic and Operations Manager, Research & Enterprise, University of Sussex.

CIRCY summer newsletter 2020 coverCIRCY Newsletter

There might be a world pandemic and a national lockdown, but CIRCY members have been cracking on :)

Find out what they've been cracking on with in the CIRCY Summer Newsletter 2020.


CIRCY Annual Report 2019 cover imageDownload the CIRCY Annual Report: 2019



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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CIRCY Director:
Professor Michelle Lefevre
T +44 (0)1273 877656

CIRCY Co-Directors:

Dr Rebecca Webb
T +44 (0)1273 876712

Professor Jo Moran-Ellis

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