Centre for Innovation and Research in Childhood and Youth

About

The Centre for Innovation and Research in Childhood and Youth was established by Professor Rachel Thomson in 2012 as part of a major university investment in the interdisciplinary field of childhood and youth.

The Centre’s work is distinguished in three ways. It is:

  • Interdisciplinary - combining the best of the social sciences, sciences, arts, humanities and professions
  • International - concerned with the interaction between global processes and local consequences
  • In the real world - aiming to make a positive difference to the lives of children and young people, and working closely with policy makers, professionals and young people and their families nationally and internationally.

CIRCY provides a space for collaboration, creativity and capacity-building to support new research activity, knowledge exchange and collaboration with research users, and related enterprise. Our research is conceptualised in relation to five over-arching thematic areas: childhood publics; digital childhoods; emotional lives; good childhoods and (extra)ordinary children; and methodological innovation.

We host a regular programme of events, including seminars, workshops and other activities. Most of our events are open to external visitors, and we engage in a range of activities to share expertise, promote good practice and exchange knowledge.

We also provide a stimulating environment for doctoral students working in the area of childhood, youth and family studies, as well as a destination for visiting researchers.

CIRCY also nurtures synergies between research activity and the teaching curriculum through an undergraduate Bachelors and a postgraduate Masters course, as well as the provision of specialist training in research methods with children and young people for Masters and doctoral researchers.