CIRCY Journal

This is the journal of the Centre for Innovation and Research in Childhood and Youth Studies (CIRCY) at the University of Sussex.  The centre was launched at in 2012, bringing together research, scholarship and expertise on childhood and youth. It is an interdisciplinary and cross-university centre, with a membership that includes researchers from the social and life sciences, arts, humanities and professional fields including social work, law, education and health. CIRCY also nurtures synergies between research activity and the teaching curriculum through an undergraduate course – the BA in Childhood and Youth: Theory and Practice – and a Masters course – the MA in Childhood and Youth Studies – both of which are now in their third year.  

The journal publishes the best dissertations from the MA in Childhood and Youth Studies (MACYS). This is a one year (or two year part time) programme delivered by CIRCY in collaboration with the departments of anthropology, education, psychology and sociology. All MACYs students do a dissertation as part of their studies. These are 15, 000 word essays that are based either on empirical pieces of research or desk based studies.

To read the abstracts and download the best dissertations from each year click here.

Students submitting their work to the journal have given their permission to publish their dissertation and have stated that the work is their own and does not contain plagiarism.

The dissertations are published and free to access here under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial No Derivatives 3.0 Unported Licence (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0). This means that readers are to free to share, copy, distribute and transmit them under the following conditions:

  • Attribution — You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work).
  • Noncommercial — You may not use this work for commercial purposes.
  • No Derivative Works — You may not alter, transform, or build upon this work.

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