Centre for Innovation and Research in Childhood and Youth


CIRCY is committed to communicating its work to the public and engaging members of the public in shaping its work.

We do this through the CIRCY blog, twitter and Facebook, as well as through consultations, workshops and seminars and through our advisory group.

CIRCY Research: 2016 Podcasts

Working with Susi Arnott, a media professional and Honorary Senior Research Fellow, we have recorded a series of short podcasts showcasing five examples of CIRCY’s work in methodological innovation:

Janet Boddy audio

Janet Boddy talks about use of creative methods including music and photography in a cross-national project, 'Against All Odds?' Funded by the Research Council of Norway and carried out in partnership with NOVA in Oslo and SFI in Copenhagen, the study aims to understand everyday lived experiences over time for young adults with experience of being in care.

Michelle Lefevre audio

Michelle Lefevre describes a project which spans CIRCY’s themes on (Extra)ordinary Childhoods and Emotional Lives.  Funded by the University of Sussex Research Development Fund (RDF), the research uses conversation analysis of real-life video interactions during social worker’s home visits with children and families.

Melissa Nolas audio

Sevasti-Melissa Nolas is the principal investigator of the European Research Council funded Connectors study that explores the relationship between childhood and public life in three international cities (Athens, Hyderabad and London). Listen to Melissa talk about the idea of ‘childhood publicsand the lived experience of doing comparative ethnography with children. You can read more about the Connectors Study on the Connectors blog; the Connectors Study team are currently working on a methodology booklet which will be freely available to download from the blog in March 2017.

Jacqui Shepherd audio

Jacqui Shepherd used creative and participatory methods in her ESRC funded doctoral research to understand the experiences over time of young people with autism who were making the transition from special school to mainstream further education provision in England. 

Rachel Thomson audio

Relating to CIRCY’s theme on Digital Childhoods, Rachel Thomson, Co-Director of the Sussex Humanities Lab, discusses methodological innovations for understanding children's mediated lives in contemporary society. You can read more about the projects Rachel discusses on the Everyday Childhoods blog.


As part of CIRCY's communication strategy we have set up a blog to keep you informed of what we are up to. You can follow our news, views, research and innovation at https://circyatsussex.wordpress.com

From time to time we will invite guest contributors to our blog who will comment of themes relating to CIRCY's research themes. If you are working in these areas and are interested in writing a short post for the CIRCY blog, please contact Dr Sevasti-Melissa Nolas:
E s.nolas@sussex.ac.uk


CIRCY members respond to government consultations on policy issues which are relevant to children, young people and families. We run our own consultation and public engagement activities as necessary. Relevant announcements will be promoted here in due course.

For further details of consultations submitted by CIRCY, see Consultations.

In the news ...

Visit the In Defence of Youth Work website for interesting updates and blogs about youth work, and 'impact'.

We like the Centre for Youth Impact launch –  more pseudo-scientific posturing in the service of competition? blog. You may too ... 


Listen to Professor Rachel Thomson on Radio 4's Generations Apart on the 'transition to adulthood'.