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 11 February, 2019
Time: 4.30-6pm
Venue: Room 255, Bramber House
Speakers: Hannah Field, Lecturer in Victorian Literature, School of English, University of Sussex & Kiera Vaclavik, Professor of Children's Literature and Childhood Culture, Queen Mary, University of London 
Title: (Childhood and dress)

Winter Newsletter

Wondering what we've been up to these last few months? Check out the CIRCY Winter Newsletter: 2018/19.

Picturing Kindness: Photo Gallery

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

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.

RT @MichelleLefevr1: Please join me and Charlotte Jenkins for our free webinar on Communicating and Engaging with Children! 5th Feb……

RT @jtodres: Wonderful essay by @MarahGubar & a must read for anyone interested in #childrights, child development, #kidlit, ar……

So proud of wonderful @Elsielrw - a brilliant CIRCY PhD, and a fantastic colleague during her time @SussexUni…

RT @dez_holmes: THIS. Protection *and* participation, not either/or. Essential tenet for safeguarding adolescents in particular, I……

RT @transform_in_ed: Education, and research, is about “loving not knowing”. @profsaulbecker discusses how @SussexUni is embracing disru……

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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:

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