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.


You can follow CIRCY members’ news, views, research and innovation on our Blog: https://circyatsussex.wordpress.com

We are keen to hear from any CIRCY members keen to blog on an aspect of their research at whatever stage this might be. The blog can be short as you wish. We welcome blogs related to CIRCY’s research themes on any subject matter and from any disciplinary background that takes seriously how we listen to and think about children and young people. 

If you are working in these areas and are interested in writing a short post for the CIRCY blog, please contact Bronte McDonald: bm333@sussex.ac.uk.


Robin Banerjee (Psychology, CIRCY Steering group) participated in the launch of a major research partnership with Claudia Hammond and the BBC for ‘The Kindness Test’, the largest ever public science project on the topic of kindness, with numerous media appearances on radio and television including a special edition of BBC Radio 4’s ‘All in the Mind’ for the launch. Robin also took part in a high-profile public engagement activity as online panelist for EmpathyLab’s ‘Empathy Conversation’, speaking with Michael Rosen, David Baddiel, Catherine Johnson, and Miranda McKearney.

Perpetua Kirby (Education) was interviewed by Jane Garvey on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Women’s Hour’ on girls’ conformity in school.

Rebecca Webb was interviewed by Adam Goacher (Greatest Hits Radio Bristol Somerset and West Sussex) on the ‘Importance of uncertainty and wellbeing in schools’.

Kinship care week podcast with Dr Paul Shuttleworth. This podcast was a reflection on Paul’s research regarding the importance of children’s views when we think about policy and practice for kinship care. It is available as a webcast, and also as a podcast.

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

Podcasts on methodological innovation

Working with Susi Arnott, a media professional and Honorary Senior Research Fellow, we recorded a series of short podcasts in 2016 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.

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.