Research Expertise & Areas of Interest

Communication for Development & Social Change * International Development 

Participatory Communication * Action Research * Indigenous Research Approaches  Journalism/Media/Communication Practices & Education in Developing Countries 

Diasporas & Migrant Media * Migrant Oral history * Ethnography (visual, auto/) 

Island Studies (Oceania) * Social Media and Social Change

Selected Projects

MAPPING THE COMMUNICATIVE ECOLOGY OF REMOTENESS: FROM ISLANDS TO HIGHLANDS 

# Community Radios and Community Building in countries of Transition: Kyrgyzstan

This is an exploratory study mapping community radio and its role in community building in Kyrgyzstan. The aim of this research is to analyze the development of community radio broadcasting, a recent trend in this Central Asian post-Soviet country, the role of community radios and their community building function in Kyrgyzstan. Community radios and multimedia centers in Kyrgyzstan started evolving after 2000s in Kyrgyzstan. Using a communicative ecology approach that places community radios within the wider media ecology of their communities, the research is supported with data collected through content analysis and in-depth interviews with community radio and multimedia centers’ directors and editors, community volunteers, and with donor organizations who are supporting community radios and multimedia centers in Kyrgyzstan.

MAPPING THE COMMUNICATING ECOLOGY OF THE AMAMI ISLANDS, JAPAN

Dates: July-December 2017 (first phase) - June-August 2019 (second phase)

Funded by: Pacific Islands Research Center, Kagoshima University

Aim: Develop an in-depth understating of the Amami Islands communicative environment, including forms, resources, activities, channels and flows of communication and information as they form part of existing island communities’ structures; Identity key communicative practices (i.e. formal and informal, online and offline) that contribute to sustaining Amami island economy and sociocultural cohesion; Explore the role of media, in particular radio, in localized information flows unique to the islands; Determine future areas of research of value to Pacific Island Studies

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YOUNG PEOPLE, POLITICAL COMMUNICATION  & THE NEW ZEALAND GENERAL ELECTION 2014

Starting date: 2014 (completed)

Funded by: Faculty and Generation Zero (partner NGO)

Role: Co-investigator

Aim: to establish the efficacy of social media-based research methodologies within the New Zealand context, particularly the political communication and marketing fields. The research sought to establish what issues, policies and communication channels will engage NZ youth most effectively in encouraging participation in national electoral politics in 2014.  The research provided consultancy services to the research partner Generation Zero, a national NGO, who required research insights for their 2014 public engagement campaign to activate young New Zealanders to participate politically.

PARTICIPATORY VIDEO and THE PACIFIC MAMAS: A Pilot Project

Starting date: 2013 (completed)

Funded by: Unitec Research Grant

Role: Co-researcher, mentor

Aim: A collaborative pilot project with a West Auckland community group, the Pacifica Mamas, to trial Participatory Video practices with the group.The team experimented and reflected on the development and implementation of a methodological framework for Participatory Video that suits a Pacific diasporic context.

PACIFIC MEDIA ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (PACMAS) Pacific Islands Media Baseline Research Project 

Starting date: May 2012 (completed)

Funded by: AUSaid (managed by ABC International Australia)

Budget: AUS $400.000

Research Consortium: RMIT Melbourne (AUS), UNITEC NZ, Centre for Social and Creative Media PNG

Role: Key Partner, co-investigator

Aim: to provide baseline measures on the key evaluation questions for PACMAS across its four components: media capacity-building, media policy & legislation media systems and media content (and key aspects of related issues on climate change, crisis and emergency communication and health). In addition to the main project aim, through this process and a communicative ecology approach  the research team gathered rich communication case studies of possibilities for social change and the role of IC4D in community development. 

KOMUNITI TOK PIKSA Integrating Papua New Guinean Highland narratives into visual HIV/ AIDS prevention & education material

           

Starting date: November 2009 (completed)

Funded by: PNG National HIV/AIDS Council and AusAID PNG

Budget: AUS$450.000

Role:  Chief Investigator - PNG Media & Development Capacity Expert / Research Dissemination/publications coordinator

Research Team: Centre for Social & Centre for Health Communication, University of Technology Sydney & University of Goroka, PNG

Aim: A Participatory Action Project using visual ethnography tools within an Indigenous research framework with the aim to co-create with local communities educational/raising awareness material that can reach a wide community network (audiovisual format); develop communication tools for social change within a Pacific islands context; and contribute towards research capacity building by engaging with a local educational institution and young and emerging researchers

A MICRO-STUDY OF CRETAN FEMALE IMMIGRANTS IN NZ/AUSTRALIA in the 60s– an Oral History & Documentary Project

 

Starting date: May 2010 (oral history component part one completed)

Funded by: NZ Ministry of Culture & Heritage with the support of Australian Sesquicentennial Gift Trust for Awards in Oral History and United Research Office

Budget: NZ$30.000 (oral history component) - $35.000 (documentary component)

Role: Chief Co-Researcher

Research/Production Partner: Athina Tsoulis, Film Director

Aim: To document the personal narratives of female post-war immigrants.  Explore from a gender perspective how women experience migration.  Follow the migration loop - Compare migration experiences between those women who chose to stay & those who either returned to their country or chose to migrate for the second time to Australia.

PASIFIKA STUDENT & TEACHER EFFICACIES & AGENCY: Implications for Success for All in the Tertiary Education Sector

 

Date: 2008

Role: Co-Researcher

Funded by: Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) NZ - Quality Reinvestment project-Pacific

Aim: To research Pacifika students learning needs and capabilities in the NZ Tertiary Education Sector through a Unitec case study.

Dutch Immigrants in NZ - Oral History Project 

 

Role: Chief Co-Researcher.  Commissioned & funded by the Dutch Museum Trustees Board, NZ.

Duration of project: Aug 2007-May 2008

Testimonials
 
"Evangelia Papoutsaki, Michael McManus and Patrick Matbob might think they have brought together a collection of articles about “mainstream media, development and the information gap, social concerns and teaching and training young media and communication professionals” in Papua New Guinea; but what they have also produced is a document showing how islanders everywhere should approach cultural, media and journalism research: not with a big net but with tweezers and a microscope."

John Cokley