With Whaea Lynda Toki (right) - Wharenui, Unitec


for social

change communication


Academic, researcher, editor, explorer, published author, trainer, educator, mentor and engaged citizen, specializing in Communication for Development & Social Change, International Development, Media & Journalism Education/Practice, Island Studies, Ethnic, Island & Diaspora Media, Oral History, with an international background and experience in Asia-Pacific, former Soviet Union,  Central & South East Asia, Europe and Oceania regions.  An open-minded, sensitive, and creative person who values diversity and keen to explore life from different angles...

  • Research Training

  • Research Design & Evaluation

  • Project Design & Evaluation

  • Curriculum Development & Evaluation

  • Proposal & Report writing

  • Communication for development & Social Change Campaign Design & Evaluation

  • Editorial & Publishing work

  • Digital Storytelling

  • Civic Education

  • Coaching & Mentoring






Social links:

  • YouTube - Grey Circle
  • AS-267458164789257_1440778403888_l
  • academia
  • LinkedIn - Grey Circle
  • Google+ - White Circle
  • Facebook - Grey Circle


“Papoutsaki goes further than theory: she gives us the root and branch mechanisms for how to turn this into action...the 'tweezers and microscope'” - J.C

Your course is really powerful and impressive, but what is more important for me is your passionate personality. You are a great example of what a real Teacher should be - open-minded, sincere, charismatic, experienced and warm-hearted. I have began to look at the world from another perspective. Thank you very much! -A.D. CSC 2017



"As long as societies distribute needs and power unequally between populations, it is unethical for communications and human service professionals to help solve minor and/or immediate problems while ignoring the systemic barriers created by societies that permit or perpetuate inequalities among citizens. Real change is not possible unless we deal with the crucial problem in human societies: lack of economic and social power among individuals at the grassroots"

- Melkote, 2000, p.46


Mapping the Communicative Ecology of Islands: an ethnographic exploration of Islands communicative environment; key communicative practices (i.e. formal and informal, online and offline) that contribute to sustaining island economy and sociocultural cohesion; media, in particular radio, in localized information flows unique to the islands; and of future areas of research of value to Island Studies.

Convenor Small Island Cultures Research Initiative (SICRI) International Network

ISIC 2020 conference: Island Feminisms - Place Justice Movement. University of Hawaii Hilo June

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