Evangelia Papoutsaki, PhD Cardiff, is an engaged global citizen with a passion for social justice; a social change communication scholar, editor, published author, facilitator and educator; and a dedicated mentor to young women, agents of change and emerging researchers. Evangelia is an Associate Professor, the Co-convenor for the Small Island Cultures Research Initiative and the Executive Editor of ePress. She runs Dialogos, a private practice that provides training, research and facilitation to social change engaged individuals and collectives. Her practice includes the co-facilitated Kuumba for Agents of Change Program: https://www.sesamathloapothecary.online/kuumba .
Her professional background and research interests are in communication for development, social change advocacy and activism, community development, migrant/ethnic community media, international communication and social media, oral history and curriculum development. Her research approach and tools include qualitative, participatory, ethnographic and action research and indigenous frameworks with an emphasis on co-designing. Evangelia is a certified Work That Reconnects Facilitator, a Deep Ecology/Systems Thinking and Non-Dualistic Spirituality approach that creates safe spaces for learning and research. She has extensive experience in the Asia Pacific region, including her role as a UNESCO Chair for Media Freedom in PNG; founding Head of the Communication Media Dept at the University of Central Asia; Associate Professor at the Masters in International Communication at Unitec Institute of Technology; International Research Fellow at the Kagoshima University Center for Pacific Islands; Head of Communication Arts Department at DWU in Papua New Guinea; Visiting Faculty Fellow with several institutions internationally and involvement in international and community-focused research projects [i.e. Evaluator for the SPC EU Creative Industries Grant Scheme; Unesco funded training and research on community media in Kyrgyzstan; Research advisor to Komuniti Tok Piksa project that used visual methods for community dialogue and change in the context of HIV/AIDS in PNG; Chief co-investigator in an regional research consortium that conducted a 14 Pacific Islands State of the Media and Communication research project including issues on youth, health, climate and emergency communication systems, media content, training and education]. She was the co-founder of the Contemporary PNG Studies Journal and Reviews Editor of the Pacific Journalism Review and has published 5 edited volumes on Pacific and PNG and Central Asia communication issues, and Islands Creative Ecosystems. For more information visit Evangelia’s profile here: https://www.epapoutsaki.com/