Centre for Innovation and Research in Childhood and Youth


The following pages show the people - members, students and associates - currently linked to the Centre for Innovation and Research in Childhood and Youth.

CIRCY is directed by Janet Boddy and Michelle Lefevre, working alongside Esther McMahon, CIRCY's Research Fellow, and Project Coordinator, Jane Shepard, who provides administrative support to the team.

CIRCY has a pan-university and interdisciplinary Steering Group, including Robin Banerjee (Psychology); Hester Barron (History); Anne-Meike Fechter (Anthropology); Jo Moran-Ellis (Sociology); Sevasti-Melissa Nolas (Social Work and Social Care); Rachel Thomson (Social Work and Social Care); Pam Thurschwell (English); and Charles Watters (Social Work and Social Care/Centre for Innovation and Research in Wellbeing).

We also have an international advisory group, including academics and policy and professional experts in the field of childhood and youth.

CIRCY is hosted by the School of Education and Social Work, but our members span many different Schools (and disciplines), including: Brighton and Sussex Medical School; Business, Management and Economics; English; Global Studies; History, Art History and Philosophy; Informatics; Law, Politics and Sociology; Media, Film and Music; and Psychology. 

As well as members within the University, CIRCY has a growing community of associate members, who join our mailing list and are very welcome to participate in our events. If you would like to join CIRCY or find out more about what we do, please contact Jane Shepard. If you are interested in coming to CIRCY as a visiting researcher, please contact CIRCY director, Janet Boddy.