Meeting the challenges facing youth in Asia and the Pacific

Hobart (Tasmania)

30–31 July 2015


The first-ever Centre for Applied Youth Research (CAYR) Symposium—Insecurity/Innovation/Insight: Meeting the challenges facing youth in Asia and the Pacific—will bring together Australian and Asian-Pacific youth researchers and practitioners to share research, policy and practice expertise for the benefit of young people throughout the Asia Pacific region.

The impetus behind CAYR came from the realisation that the issues affecting young people cannot be sufficiently addressed by theoretical knowledge or defined by borders. 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, and practice.


High skill migration and marginalisation of disadvantaged youth in Sri Lanka
Professor Siri Hettige, Sri Lanka

Youth transition to work in an age of uncertainty and insecurity: Towards an expanded notion of work for insight and innovation
Professor Victor Wong, Hong Kong

Traditional youth associations as agents of social change: A case study of intergenerational partnership in a Malaysian fishing village
Dr Steven Krauss, Malaysia

Tackling the unmarked in youth development: Why settle for the west when a new dawn brings new possibilities
Dr Fiona Beals, New Zealand

The challenge of addressing change and continuity in gendered patterns in Asia and the Pacific
Professor Johanna Wyn, Australia

Muslim youth in Australia: Vigilant, rational and bicultural
Dr Nahid Afrose Kabir, Australia


Full program (pdf)

Program in brief (pdf)

Professor Siri Hettige will also give a free, public lecture at the University of Tasmania on Thursday 30 July 2015 on the topic:


Sri Lanka’s presidential election of 2015: Prospects for good governance and evidence-based public policies

Siri Hettige holds the position of Senior Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Within the Faulty of Arts, he has held the role of Dean (1992 to 2002); as well as Director of the Social Policy Analysis and Research Centre (2005–2009). He is currently a Member of the International Sociological Association; a Member of the Editorial Board of Contemporary Social Science (Journal of the British Academy of Social Science); and he holds the role of Chairman, Social Science Research Committee, National Science Foundation, Colombo.


The Journal of Applied Youth Studies (JAYS), a key CAYR initiative, will be launched at the Symposium at the University of Tasmania on Friday 31 July 2015.


Registration cost:

CAYR members: AUD$30

Students: AUD$20

General public AUD$50


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