National Research Institute of Papua New Guinea

    James Cook University (JCU) signed a five-year memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the National Research Institute of Papua New Guinea (NRI) on December 7 2021. NRI conducts independent policy research into economic and social development issues affecting PNG. In particular the National Research Institute Act 1993, states that the functions of NRI include the following: (a) The promotion of research into Papua New Guinea Society and the economy, and (b) The undertaking of research into social, political and economic problems of Papua New Guinea in order to enable practical solutions to such problems to be formulated.” (Section 5, NRI Act, 1993).
    The NRI has eight research programs:

    The MOU was initiated by The Cairns Institute Pacific Women’s Political Empowerment Research Group because both NRI and the Research Group have common interest in gender equality and governance studies in PNG. The first activity planned under the MOU will involve the scoping of a collaborative research program addressing the political empowerment of women in PNG and the South Pacific beginning with a zoom meeting of the parties in early February. Researchers with an interest in this project may contact the Australian team leader of the Group, Dr Lesley Clark.

    However, the MOU is designed to facilitate cooperation between JCU and NRI in all areas of mutual interest.
    Cooperative programs and activities may include:
    (a) joint supervision of PhD students;
    (b) design and development of research projects;
    (c) exchanges between key research, professional and technical staff;
    (d) collaborative funding opportunities in support of research and development of mutual interest;
    (e) exploring support by appropriate industry/government bodies to assist in R&D and deployment of these activities;
    (f) and joint publications.
    JCU wishes to encourage other research groups at The Cairns Institute and more widely in JCU to consider how it could use the opportunities presented by the MOU to undertake any of the activities above for the mutual benefit of the parties.
    More information about NRI is available on its website https://pngnri.org/ or from Dr Osbourne Sanida, the Acting Director of NRI. For further enquiries, contact Dr Lesley Clark

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