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 Dr 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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Luce Irigaray - To Be Born: Genesis of a new human being

Date: Monday 27 February, 2017    
Arts A108
Luce Irigaray, Belgian-born French feminist, philosopher, linguist, psycholinguist, psychoanalyst and cultural theorist. Best known for 'Speculum of the Other Woman' and 'This Sex Which Is Not One'.

Supported by Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies (SCCS); Centre for Cultures of Reproduction, Technology, and Health (CORTH); and Centre for Innovation and Research in Childhood and Youth (CIRCY)


Interdisciplinary Dialogues for Social Work Research and Practice

Date: Friday 24 March, 2017    
Quaker Meeting House, The Lanes, Brighton  
Robbie Duschinsky, University of Cambridge / Michelle Lefevre, University of Sussex / Johanna Motzkau, Open University / Sevasti-Melissa Nolas, University of Sussex; Antje Rauers, University of Jena; Johannes Schöning, University of Bremen (organisers)
Promo: Interdisciplinary dialogues for social work research and practice: 24march2017 [PDF 110.78KB]


CIRCY Open Research Seminar

Date: Monday 27 March, 2017  
Time: 5-6.30pm   
Venue: Room 202, Fulton
Speaker: Dr Rebecca O'Connell, Senior Research Officer, Thomas Coram Research Unit, UCL Institute of Education
Title: Families and Food in Austerity Britain: Early findings from a mixed methods study of families and food in hard times
Seminar promo: CIRCY seminar promo: 27march2017 [PDF 134.16KB]

See details of more upcoming CIRCY-hosted events on our Events page

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CIRCY podcasts showcasing five examples of CIRCY’s work in methodological innovation on our Communicate page.


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

Blog by @OwenEmmerson on recent History of Childhood event with @DrLucyRobinson @hmbarron talking abt their research

Sex Ed in the digital era discussion run by @IDS_UK great conversations!

RT @smnolas: Are you 14-25 yrs old? Take part in @BrookCharity @estermcgeeney ‘digital romance’ survey - pls RT…

RT @YRCunimelb: Call for sessions in #Sociology of #Youth…

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CIRCY Director:
Professor Janet Boddy
T +44 (0)1273 872768

CIRCY Co-Director:

Dr 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