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Contact details +64 (06) 356 9099  ext. 85027

Dr Tracie Mafileo PGCertArts, PhD, BSW(Hons)

Senior Lecturer/Associate Dean - Pacific

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)

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 1 1

Research Outputs

Teaching and Supervision

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 1 0
Co-supervisor 4 0

Current Doctoral Supervision

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
    Vision of care that is formed and shared by patients and nurses: a Fijian community context
  • Shabeena Hussain - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Pasifika students' perceptions of positive feedback and coping strategies at New Zealand universities
  • 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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