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With Whaea Lynda Toki (right) - Wharenui, Unitec

Witnessing and solidarity without action is spectatorship"

 Dr Evangelia Papoutsaki


for social

change communication


I am an engaged global citizen with a passion for social justice; a social change communication scholar, editor, published author, content curator, podcaster, and educator; and a dedicated mentor to young women, agents of change and emerging researchers. I bring rich international experience  (Asia-Pacific, Oceania, former Soviet Union &  Europe) in the field of social change communication research, education and practice; media education, island studies, ethnic/diaspora media, oral history. .

  • Research Training

  • Research Design & Evaluation

  • Advocacy Research

  • Project Design & Evaluation

  • Curriculum Development & Evaluation

  • Proposal & Report writing

  • Communication for Development & Social Change

  • Communication Campaign Design & Evaluation

  • Editorial & Publishing work

  • Digital Storytelling

  • Civic Education

  • Coaching & Mentoring

  • Building Networks Facilitator




Social links:

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

Deep Ecology Facilitator: The Work That Reconnects

Co-Convenor: Small Island Cultures Research Initiative (SICRI) International Network

New Book: Mapping the Media and Communication Landscape of Central Asia
New  Guest-Edited Volume: Island Activisms - Okinawan Journal of Island Studies (vol 4 no 2 2023)


“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

MEDIA COVER: "Island Girl"



"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


An exploration into island eco-gender identity: a digital ethnographic study from the Amami Islands

Place shapes identity. This research is focusing on island eco-gender identity and seeks to interpret the connection between gender, feminism, deep ecology and islandness. It also seeks to explore the connections between ecofeminism and Amami islands’ egalitarian society and horizontal structures where women have traditionally been seen as equals.

Advocacy Research on Evacuation and Settlement Support Needs of Afghan Nationals involved in the NZ Government’s Response to the Taliban Takeover in August 2021

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