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.

CIRCY winter newsletter 2017/18 front pageCheck out the CIRCY Winter Newsletter: 2017/18 [PDF 784.31KB] to find out what we've been doing over the course of the last term, who's joining us, who's leaving us, and details of upcoming events.

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Date: Tuesday 12 December
Venue: Gardner Tower, Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts
Time: 3-4.30pm
Speakers: Robin Banerjee, Professor of Developmental Psychology & Hester Barron, Senior Lecturer in History, University of Sussex
Title: Emotional Lives at School over 100 Years: 1918-2018


See also details of events that have happened already this year on the Events page.


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

RT @AruldossV: All set for In common17 exhibition in Hyderabad for @ConnectorsStudy Looking forward to meet children/families in o……

RT @MichelleLefevr1: We are recruiting for a new lecturer at Sussex who has expertise either in the field of childhood & youth studies,……

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Our winter newsletter is now online. It’s been a busy term - read all about it! @SussexUni

RT @Joanne_Paul_: "Kindness can be a political act in academia" - @ClaireLanghamer's brilliant inaugural @HAHP_Sussex on "Feelings at……

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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 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