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.

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Date: Monday 25 November
Time: 3.30-4.45pm
Venue: Room 252, Bramber House

CIRCY members will present work in progress for interdisciplinary feedback from other CIRCY members. Works presented may include bids already in development, an idea for a new project, or the development of new ideas for a paper or book.

Two ‘ideas in action’ will be presented. If you would like one to be yours, email Loreto Rodriguez by 12th November.

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Date: Wednesday 19 February 2020
Time: 12.30-4.30pm
Venue: Conference Centre, Bramber House
Speakers: Keynote speaker: Sir Al Aynsley Green, the first Children’s Commissioner for England (2005-09)  
Facilitators: Professor Saul Becker and Citizens UK, Brighton
Title: Celebrating Children's Lives: A 'call to action' event

CIRCY Newsletter

For all the latest CIRCY news, check out the CIRCY Autumn Newsletter 2019.

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



Check out CIRCY's latest blog post on Notes from an Interdisciplinary Island by CIRCY Research Associate and Education Tutor (Primary and Early Years BA), Esther McMahon.


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

RT @kehickle: So lucky to be able to bring practitioners in to speak with @SussexUniESW social work students. Today’s lesson on w……

RT @MichelleLefevr1: Atmospheric arrival in snowy Oslo with @DammanJeri for an exciting seminar with colleagues at VID university and……

RT @DrDominicDean: New blogpost from me on young men's childish noise, economic status and intergenerational conflict in fiction - bas……

RT @Elsielrw: ⭐️Great journal! @_entanglements_ 🧡💛 ⭐️ Great Editorial team! @smnolas @_RobynLong_ @varchr (who I learnt so much……

We’re so delighted to celebrate this important new book, with a chapter by our @ramaglajlic 🎉🎉🎉…

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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