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About ACYS

ACYS – behind the scenes


Where we are, what else we do

ACYS is based at the University of Tasmania in Hobart.

The primary function of ACYS is to communicate multidisciplinary research- and practice-based information about youth to specialists and the wider community.

All research, writing, editing and design work is done in-house by a staff of six people. Because of our publishing skills, we also do editing and publishing work for the University, the state government, Tasmanian book publishers and other clients. In their off-time, ACYS staff members are also frequently involved in community or professional support activities that make use of their interests and experience.

Who we are

Rob White, ACYS Director and ACYS Executive Committee member, is Professor is Chair of Sociology and Director of the Criminology Research Unit at the University of Tasmania's School of Sociology and Social Work. Professor White is an internationally respected scholar in the fields of youth studies, sociology and criminology. Among his books are: Youth & society; Youth subcultures; No space of their own; Juvenile justice; Crime & criminology; Crime & social control; Crime & society; Controversies in environmental sociology; Crime prevention; and Crimes against nature. He has extensive practical experience in working with youth and community workers, police services, teachers, drug and alcohol workers, government policymakers and academic researchers.

Joan Abbott-Chapman, ACYS Deputy Director and ACYS Executive Committee member, is Professor of Education in the University of Tasmania's Faculty of Education and a past-director of the Youth Education Studies Centre. Professor Abbott-Chapman has an established international reputation in the fields of sociology of education and youth studies. She authored and co-authored books including Student life in a class society, Improving access of disadvantaged youth to higher education and Monitoring student progress, and has published widely in peer refereed international journals on topics as diverse as equity and access in education, rural students' post-school outcomes, young people's constructs of space and place.

Herb Seewang, ACYS Manager and ACYS Executive Committee member, has over 20 years experience working with industry in business development with the Tasmanian Department of Economic Development across a range of small business, market development, investment attraction and infrastructure roles. He has a BA in Business from Minnesota State University Mankato. He worked in Asia, North America and Europe before migrating to Australia. Herb has been a volunteer business mentor for the business and not-for-profit sectors for the past six years. Herb has been a volunteer business mentor for over six years as well as being a current Integrated Humanitarian Settlement Scheme volunteer working with incoming refugee migrant families.

Peter Thompson, ACYS Executive Committee member and Business Manager for the Faculty of Education, University of Tasmania.  Provides executive, financial, human resource and University policy and procedural advice to the ACYS Executive and staff.

Sue Headley, Editor/Production Manager of Youth Studies Australia and ACYS Production Manager, has a BA (Sociology), BA (Hons) (Sociology) and BSc (Plant Science) from the University of Tasmania. She has been with ACYS since 1996. In addition to editing YSA, Sue coordinates the editorial production of ACYS books, which include Outrageous! Moral panics in Australia, published in 2007, and Sounds of then, sounds of now: Popular music in Australia, published in 2008. She is a member of the Society of Editors (Tasmania) Inc.

Ann Davie, ACYS Information/Website Manager, is responsible for development and management of the ACYS website, along with other online resources and services.  She has over 20 years' experience in software development and publishing.  Ann has a degree in French Literature and has been involved in several community and volunteer groups

Caroline Mordaunt, ACYS Deputy Editor, has a BA (Hons) (English) from King’s College London. She is editor of Youth Field Xpress, assists with writing the ‘Abstracts’ column for Youth Studies Australia and carries out other editorial work for ACYS. Caroline has previously worked for publishers and magazines in London, and as a freelance editor working for clients in Australia and overseas. She is an IPEd Accredited Editor and a member of the Society of Editors (Tasmania) Inc. 

Nick Gross, Designer and Desktop Publisher, is responsible for the professional look of all ACYS products. He has a BA in English and Political Science and a diploma in graphic design and multimedia. Nick joined ACYS in 2005 and gave ACYS a whole new look. As well as producing YSA and ACYS books, Nick provides graphic design and typesetting services for the University of Tasmania and independent book publishers.

Sue Dilley, ACYS Subscriptions and Sales Manager looks after the YSA subscription databases and sales of ACYS books. Sue returned to work at ACYS in July 2008 and brings many skills to her role, including her experience at ACYS in 2002, working with the Australian Youth Facts and Stats website at the time of its inception. Sue has a degree in Asian studies and an extensive administration experience in the public and community sectors.