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 Professor 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.

CIRCY winter newsletter 2017/18 front pageCheck out the CIRCY Winter Newsletter: 2017/18 [PDF 784.31KB] to find out what we've been doing over the course of the last term, who's joining us, who's leaving us, and details of upcoming events.

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Date: Monday 29 January
Venue: Digital Humanities Lab, Silverstone
Time: 4-7pm
Speakers: Professor Rachel Thomson, Dr Liam Berriman (both University of Sussex) & Dr Sara Bragg (University of Brighton)
Title: Researching Everyday Childhoods: Time, Technology and Documentation in a Digital Age
CIRCY seminar & book launch: 29jan2018 [PDF 595.81KB]


See also details of events that have happened already this year on the Events page.


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

RT @alisonphipps: I have just uploaded a substantial excerpt from my book The Politics of the Body - free to download on my blog at……

Great research from CIRCY’s @jacqui_shepherd on #transition experiences for young people with #autism…

RT @kehickle: Paper w/ @MichelleLefevr1 in BJSW ‘Building Trust with Children and Young People at Risk of Child Sexual Exploitati……

RT @MichelleLefevr1: At 'Child & Family Social Work' journal, we are now recruiting for a new Editor-in-Chief to replace me……

RT @ESWComms: The CIRCY winter newsletter is out now. Find out who's joining us, who's leaving us and what's coming up:…

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

CIRCY Co-Director:

Professor Michelle Lefevre
T +44 (0)1273 877656

CIRCY Research Fellow:

Esther McMahon 

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