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-director Rebecca Webb.

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 Annual Report 2021

CIRCY Annual Report 2021 coverWhat have we been up to these last 12 months?

Find out in the CIRCY Annual Report 2021 [PDF 8.59MB].



Check out the latest CIRCY blog post.

TRANSFORM-iN EDUCATION: Hope in the present
Details of a new research study being conducted with partners in the Sundarbans delta of northeast India and the lowland Chocó in the north of Ecuador to support young people to reflect deeply on how they experience and connect to their local sustainability issues.


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

Read the CIRCY blog from Fiona Gould, an International Junior Research Associate working with Dr Hannah Field on th……

We are delighted to share with you our CIRCY annual report 2021! As well as inspiring and fascinating research stor……

RT @SussexUniESW: Hey! Don't forget - the deadline's THIS Friday for @SussexCIRCY's 'Imagine if our world was ...' community arts pro……

A celebration of postgraduate ECEC experience, its joys, possibilities and demands @SussexUniESW 'I appreciate ev……

We have now extended the closing date to 9th July! Please let all the children and young people you know about this……

Visit SussexCIRCY on Twitter


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