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: Thursday 29 April, 2021
Time: 1-2pm
Speaker: Louise Sims, CoramBAAF
Title: The Voice and Experiences of BAME Children in Kinship Care in the UK 
Zoom link:
(Meeting ID: 990 1749 7801 / Passcode: 859483)

CIRCY Spring Newsletter 2021 cover imageCIRCY Spring Newsletter 2021

Find out who's been doing what and what's coming up in the CIRCY Spring Newsletter 2021.


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CIRCY Annual Report 2020

Download the CIRCY Annual Report 2020.



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

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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

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