The Centre for Applied Youth Research (CAYR) is an international centre that promotes engagement between Australian and Asian-Pacific youth researchers and practitioners and the sharing of research, policy and practice expertise for the benefit of young people throughout the Asia Pacific region. It has associations with the University of Tasmania, and with researchers and youth service providers across Asia.

CAYR Annual Report 2016

‘Theory isn’t enough. The common challenges faced by all young
people in successfully negotiating transition into adulthood
in our globalised 21st century require renewed attention to the
applied continuum: research <–> policy <–> practice.’



CAYR functions as a publishing house for research produced by members. Its major research communication tool is the online, international Journal of Applied Youth Studies (JAYS), which is produced in partnership with the Asia Institute Tasmania. CAYR also publishes the Flipboard magazine CAYRing, featuring news on young people in the Asia-Pacific region.


CAYR supports postgraduate research and doctoral research undertaken by students and academics throughout the region. CAYR provides an international outlet for the exchange of information about applied youth research projects within the Asia-Pacific region.


Working with Refugee Young People in Asia and Australia: Public lecture and workshop, Hobart, Tasmania, 29–30 June 2017. Further information: http://cayr.info/public-lecture-and-workshop-2017/

‘Insecurity/Innovation/Insight: Meeting the challenges facing youth in Asia and the Pacific’ international symposium, Hobart, Tasmania, 30–31 July 2015. Further information: http://cayr.info/cayr-symposium/


CAYR will develop and maintain professional development resources for youth sector participants, including youth workers, program coordinators, and others who work with or for young people in professional or volunteer capacities.

How you can help CAYR grow

CAYR is a not-for-profit, independent association incorporated in Australia registered as a charity by the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission (ACNC).


CAYR welcomes inquiries from:

• all levels of government in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region
• philanthropic organisations with an interest in youth issues
• private corporate sponsorship


CAYR is keen to discuss partnerships with:

• tertiary educational institutions in the Asia and Pacific region
• not-for-profit organisations working with young people
• not-for-profit youth worker training organisations

The CAYR team

Sheila Allison

Sheila Allison has a long history in scholarly publishing and editing in Sydney, Melbourne and Hobart, including the position of manager/publisher at the Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies from 1989 to 2007. She continues to work in book, journal and thesis editing, and recently researched and wrote an online course on publishing and technology for the University of Southern Queensland.

Rob White

Rob White is Professor of Criminology in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Tasmania. Recent books include Youth subcultures: Theory, history and the Australian experience, and Youth gangs, violence and social respect. He is the editor of the three-volume series Doing youth work in Australia, published by the Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies.

Herb Seewang

Herb Seewang was the manager of the Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies at the University of Tasmania from 2007 to 2014. His previous experience includes business  and trade development for the Tasmanian government, working in Asia, North America and Europe,  and volunteer migrant resettlement support for new migrants arriving in Australia.

Sue Headley

Sue Headley has degrees in sociology and plant science from the University of Tasmania, Australia. She worked at the Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies for 17 years, including a number of years as the production manager and editor of the journal Youth Studies Australia. She volunteers with several organisations in a variety of capacities.

Kate Gross 

Kate is the editorial coordinator at CAYR. She studied arts and teaching at the University of Tasmania. From 2006 to 2015, Kate worked at the Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies, including a period as deputy editor of Youth Studies Australia. She is the co-founder of the Story Island Project, a Hobart-based not-for-profit that promotes literacy through creative writing projects. 

Read our Flipboard magazine CAYRing for up-to-date news from the Asia–Pacific region

 View my Flipboard Magazine.

The Centre for Applied Youth Research acknowledges support from:

Premier Will Hodgman (Premier of Tasmania, Australia)

Justine Keay, Federal Member of Parliament, Australia

Josh Willie, Member of the House of Assembly, Tasmania, Australia

Andrew Wilkie, Federal Member of Parliament, Australia


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