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Associate Professor Tracie Mafile'o PGCertArts, PhD, BSW(Hons)

Associate Professor / Associate Dean - Pacific

Doctoral Supervisor
School of Social Work

Tracie's teaching, research and publications promote the advancement of Pacific cultural knowledges and ways within social work and social development regionally and internationally. Areas of focus include: cultural humility, anti-racist practice, Indigenous helping systems and practices, community development, youth development, higher education, research capacity strengthening , and qualitative and arts-based research methods. She coordinates the Social Work Regional Resource Centre of Oceania (SWRROC) and is a member of the Asia Pacific Association of Social Work Educators (APASWE) Board. 


Contact details

  • Ph: DDI +64 6 9518027
    Location: 7.34, Social Sciences Tower (SST)
    Campus: Manawatu


  • Postgraduate Certificate in Arts - Massey University (2009)
  • Doctor of Philosophy - Massey University (2006)
  • Bachelor of Social Work (First Class Honours) - Massey University (1995)

Certifications and Registrations

  • Licence, Supervisor, Massey University

Prizes and Awards

  • Trans-Tasman (NZ-Aust) Collaboration Award awarded by ANZSWWER to Dr Tracie Mafile'o and Associate Professor Jioji Ravulo for initiating and leading projects which foster collaboration between New Zealand and Australian social services, or schools of social work/welfare in higher education. - Australia New Zealand Social Work and Welfare Education and Research (2020)
  • Best Abstract Award for “Pacific social work collaborations: Bridging gaps, challenging dominant discourses and our journey thus far" for ANZSWWER Conference "Innovations in Practice" theme - Australian & New Zealand Social Work & Welfare Education & Research (ANZSWWER) (2017)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Pacific and  indigenous social work approaches

Social development in the Pacific

Youth resilience

HIV prevention

Research capacity builiding


Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Other Studies in Human Society (169900): Social Work (160700): Studies In Human Society (160000): Studies of Pacific Peoples' Societies (169905)

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 2 1

Teaching and Supervision

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Main Supervisor 1 0
Co-supervisor 4 0

Current Doctoral Supervision

Main Supervisor of:

  • Jack Scanlan - Doctor of Social Work
    Ululaau: Exploring the transformational journeys of Samoan social practitioners who were former youth-at-risk to better understand effective ways to reduce Samoan youth offending

Co-supervisor of:

  • Limu Mou-Vagi - Doctor of Philosophy
    Improved nutrition through rural community empowerment in Central Province, Papua New Guinea
  • Akisi Ravono - Doctor of Philosophy
    Nursing care for people living with diabetes and associated conditions in Fiji: an iTaukei community context
  • Shabeena Hussain - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Exploring Pasifika university students' experiences and views to find out what constitutes effective feedback for Pasifika learners
  • Tuli Mapuilesua - Doctor of Philosophy
    O le tofa totosi ma lalaga: Correction's view of O le mafuli a Puou: An exploration of the opportunities and obstacles offenders (18-30) serving community sentence, face in their quest for new beginnings in Samoa.

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