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: Monday 29 October, 2018 
Time: 4.30-6pm 
Venue: Room 106, Fulton
Speaker: Pamela Cox, Professor, Sociology, University of Essex / Director, ESRC SeNSS DTP / Chair, Social History Society
Title: Adult Outcomes of Care in Britain: A historical view of 'what worked' and 'what mattered'

Picturing Kindness: Photo Gallery

Check out the fabulous artworks produced by young people for our recent 'Picturing Kindness' competition ...


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.

CIRCY annual report 2018 coverDownload the CIRCY Annual Report: 2018



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 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