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Dr Patrick Vakaoti

VakaotiMA (S Pac) PhD (Qld)

Senior Lecturer in Social Work

Contact Details

Room 103, 262 Leith Street
64 3 4793074
email patrick.vakaoti@otago.ac.nz

Patrick is interested in sociological and community development work with young people. He researches in Fiji and the Pacific region exploring youth issues like street-frequenting and political participation. His other interests include child protection and indigenous community development. Patrick’s work extends to consultancy research where he has worked with organisations like UNICEF Pacific, Pacific Leadership Programme (DFAT) and the Pacific Community.

Teaching

I coordinate and teach:
SOWK 411/ SOWK 521: Advanced Special Topic: Contemporary Pacific Issues and the Social Services
SOWK 480: Research Project

I teach sections of:
PACI101: Pacific Societies
SOWK201: Fields of Practice
SOWK304: Kaupapa Maori and Indigenous Approaches to Social Work

Postgraduate Supervision

Children and young people’s participation
Street-frequenting youth
Community development
Pacific social work

Current Students

Nicola Liebergreen PhD (co-supervisor, current)

Exploring how young Niuean’s use online technologies to negotiate intimacy in romantic relationships

Monique Harvey MA (co-supervisor, current)

The daily life of being a teenage parent

Merle Peterson MA (supervisor, current)

An investigation into the cultural influences of criminality within the Cook Island Maori population

Kimberly Tuitoga MA (co-supervisor, current)

Voices of parents: Pacific parents views on the role of connectedness and teenagers wellbeing

Eilysh Harman (Honours - completed 2015)

Childhood abuse and the parenting experiences of fathers – addressing intergenerational abuse in New Zealand

Rhys Tilyard (Honours - completed 2015)

The youth justice system in New Zealand and its relationship with Kaupapa Maori systems of justice

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Publications

Vakaoti, P. (2017). Young political aspirants in the Fiji 2014 elections: Motivations and experiences. Pacific Dynamics, 1(1), 103-118.

Vakaoti, P. (2017). Young people’s participation in Fiji: Understanding conceptualizations and experiences. Journal of Youth Studies, 20(6), 697-712. doi: 10.1080/13676261.2016.1260695

Vakaoti, P. (2016). Fiji elections and the youth vote: Token or active citizenship? In S. Ratuva & S. Lawson (Eds.), The people have spoken: The 2014 elections in Fiji. (pp. 157-175). Acton, Australia: Australian National University Press.

Vakaoti, P. (2015). Working with groups: Group work with young Pacific Islands people. In K. van Heugten & A. Gibbs (Eds.), Social work for sociologists: Theory and practice. (pp. 85-102). New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.

Vakaoti, P., & Mishra-Vakaoti, V. (2015). Social media and the 2014 elections in Fiji. Round Table, 104(2), 189-198. doi: 10.1080/00358533.2015.1017260

Chapter in Book - Research

Vakaoti, P. (2016). Fiji elections and the youth vote: Token or active citizenship? In S. Ratuva & S. Lawson (Eds.), The people have spoken: The 2014 elections in Fiji. (pp. 157-175). Acton, Australia: Australian National University Press.

Vakaoti, P. (2015). Working with groups: Group work with young Pacific Islands people. In K. van Heugten & A. Gibbs (Eds.), Social work for sociologists: Theory and practice. (pp. 85-102). New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.

Vakaoti, P. (2014). Street-frequenting young men in Suva, Fiji: Beyond the rhetoric – creating partnerships. In P. Fairbairn-Dunlop & E. Coxon (Eds.), Talanoa: Building a Pasifika Research Culture. (pp. 128-141). Wellington, New Zealand: Dunmore.

Mishra-Vakaoti, V., & Vakaoti, P. (2014). Understanding the 2013 Constitution: A perceptions survey. In S. Fong, R. Tuivaga, B. Dhanasar, B. Tilbury, N. Tillon & S. Smiles (Eds.), Fiji in transition: Towards a sustainable constitutional democracy. (pp. 63-104). Suva, Fiji: Citizens’ Constitutional Forum.

Vakaoti, P. (2013). An overview of Pacific community development in New Zealand. In J. Aimers & P. Walker (Eds.), Community development: Insights for practice in Aotearoa New Zealand. (pp. 198-213). Auckland, New Zealand: Dunmore.

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Journal - Research Article

Vakaoti, P. (2017). Young people’s participation in Fiji: Understanding conceptualizations and experiences. Journal of Youth Studies, 20(6), 697-712. doi: 10.1080/13676261.2016.1260695

Vakaoti, P. (2017). Young political aspirants in the Fiji 2014 elections: Motivations and experiences. Pacific Dynamics, 1(1), 103-118.

Vakaoti, P., & Mishra-Vakaoti, V. (2015). Social media and the 2014 elections in Fiji. Round Table, 104(2), 189-198. doi: 10.1080/00358533.2015.1017260

Vakaoti, P. (2013). Young people's participation in Fiji: Merits, challenges and the way forward. Asia Pacific Viewpoint, 54(1), 77-90. doi: 10.1111/apv.12003

Vakaoti, P. (2010). Church-based service provision for street-frequenting young men in Suva, Fiji. Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work, 22(4), 5-11.

Vakaoti, P. (2009). Researching street-frequenting young people in Suva: Ethical considerations and their impacts. Children's Geographies, 7(4), 435-450. doi: 10.1080/14733280903234493

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Commissioned Report for External Body

Vakaoti, P. (2014). Young people & democratic participation in Fiji. Commissioned by Citizen's Constitutional Forum. Suva, Fiji: Citizen's Constitutional Forum. 80p.

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Working Paper; Discussion Paper; Technical Report

Vakaoti, P. (2012). Mapping the landscape of young people's participation in Fiji [State, Society & Governance in Melanesia (SSGM) Discussion Paper 2012/6]. Canberra, Australia: Australian National University. 19p.

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