CIRCY was launched at the University of Sussex in 2012, bringing together research, scholarship and expertise on childhood and youth. It is an interdisciplinary and cross-university centre, with a membership that includes researchers from the social and life sciences, arts, humanities and professional fields including social work, law, education and health.
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.
We aim to become an internationally recognised centre of excellence in the field of researching children, young people and families. We are outward-looking, committed to working with policy-makers, professional colleagues, young people and their carers in order to share expertise, promote good practice and to exchange knowledge.
CIRCY nurtures synergies between research activity and the teaching curriculum through an undergraduate course - the BA in Childhood and Youth: Theory and Practice - and the Masters course - the MA in Childhood and Youth Studies. We also provide training in research methods with children and young people.
Download the CIRCY Annual Report: July 2013 [PDF 824.54KB]
Rachel Thomson gave the inaugural Sussex Lecture on the 22nd January 2014 at the Brighton & Sussex Medical School. See the recording of her presentation 'Digital Childhoods' on our Events page.
Liam Berriman, CIRCY Research Assistant, talking on Sussex Breakfast with Neil Pringle on Tuesday 28 January about how young people engage with technology and social media in the home and how this can impact family life [conversation between 1.23.20 and 1.26.35]. The interview opportunity followed CIRCY Director, Professor Rachel Thomson's, professoruial lecture on 'digital childhoods' on 22 January.
Education Reader has working paper published by NCRM
Dr Janet Boddy, Reader in Child, Youth and Family Studies, has had her latest working paper released by the National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM). Entitled Combining thematic and narrative analysis of qualitative interviews to understand children's spatialities in Andhra Pradesh, India, the volume is part of the NOVELLA 'Family Lives and the Environment' project which combines thematic and narrative approaches to qualitative secondary analysis.
'Good Sex Is ...'Check out the first film from The Good Sex project made by a group of young people who used condoms, strawberries, cake icing and text messages (amongst other things) to bring survey data to life.
For more information about how the group turned over 200 survey responses into a one minute 40 second film, visit our blog: http://goodsexproject.wordpress.com/2013/10/11/reanimating-survey-data-the-good-sex-film/