Establishment and Mandate 


The Papua New Guinea National Research Institute (PNG NRI) was established as the  New  Guinea Research Unit (NGRU) of the Australian National University in 1961. When  PNG gained  independence in 1975, the NGRU became the Institute for Applied Social and  Economic  Research (IASER), and in 1993 was officially recognised as the National  Research Institute. The  PNG NRI is an independent statutory authority established by an  Act of Parliament in 1988 and  confirmed by the IASER (Amendment) Act 1993 to conduct  independent policy research into  economic and social development issues affecting PNG.

PNGNRITaglineThe Act states that the functions of the PNG NRI are:“(a) the promotion of research into  Papua  New Guinea society and the economy”, and in particular “(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.”

Vision and Mission

  • The Papua New Guinea National Research Institute (PNG NRI) is recognised among the  leading public policy think tanks in the Asia – Pacific region.
  • The Papua New Guinea National Research Institute will provide quality research which  contributes to evidence – based public policies and decision – making processes that  improve service delivery, leading to better quality of life for all Papua New Guineans.


PNG NRI is committed to inquiring, informing and influencing Papua New Guinea’s future through  conducting cutting-edge policy research, the facilitation of public dialogue, and influencing decision  making.

We inquire, to better understand problems.

We inform, to help others understand those problems.

We influence, advocating for effective public policies based on research and evidence.

Strategic Plan

Papua New Guinea National Research Institute Strategic Plan 2021-2030

Corporate Plan

Papua New Guinea National Research Institute Corporate Plan 2021-2023                                                                                                                                                                                                      



Wangi, T., & Ezebilo, E. E (2021). Determinants of residential property prices as perceived by real estate agents and landlords in Port Moresby. Discussion Paper 183.
Devos, K., Odhuno, F., Ozmen, M. (2019). Public perceptions of housing benefits tax in Papua New Guinea. Discussion Paper 167
  Wangi, T. (2019). Are the requirements of the first home ownership scheme user friendly? Spotlight Volume 12, Issue 3
  Wangi, T. (2019). The records management system of Land Court is in a dire state: What are the issues? Spotlight Volume 12, Issue 4
Levantis, T., & Wangi, T. (2018). Understanding the records management system of land court in Papua New Guinea. Discussion Paper 161.
 Wangi, T. (2018). The deficiencies in the Companies Act (1997) of Papua New Guinea: Does it promote equitable distribution of benefits among landowners? Spotlight Volume 11, Issue 1
Ezebilo, E., & Wangi, T. (2017). Services supplied by Papua New Guinea's forests that are not traded on markets should be considered in land use decisions: Why and how? Spotlight Volume 10, Issue 5
Wangi, T., & Ezebilo, E. (2017). Issuance of state leases in Papua New Guinea must follow proper procedures: Evidence from a National Court of justice decision. Spotlight Volume 10, Issue 4
Wangi, T., & Ezebilo, E. (2017). Accessibility of customary land for residential property development in Papua New Guinea: Challenges and Prospects. Spotlight Volume 10, Issue 1
Wangi, T., Ondopa, J., & Ezebilo, E. (2017). Housing allowance for public servants in Papua New Guinea: Does it meet housing affordability criteria? Spotlight Volume 10, Issue 3. 

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