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Head of
Research Department

Fr. Joel

Fr. Joel Yco Bernardo

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During the last 40 years the Staff of the Research Department of the Melanesian Institute (RDMI) has been fully involved in research studies concerning Melanesia, conducting various kinds of courses and workshops, writing or evaluating the articles for publication, selecting the books and journals to be purchased by the library, and collaborating with the Director in convening symposia.

The Major Research Investigations were on the following topics:
- Self-Study of the churches;
- Marriage and Family life in PNG rural and urban context;
- Attitudes of PNG youth;
- Problems concerning the Land owned by or leased to PNG churches;
- Religious Affiliation in Melanesia;
- Sorcery Witchcraft and Christianity in PNG;
- Inclusive education on Disability

The results of the investigations were reported in the MI publications:
- Point
- Catalyst
- Melanesian Mission Studies
- Occasional Papers

The latest research findings on the Politics of Give and take (Papua New Guinea 2012 election) have been compiled into Point 37 and the books are available for purchasing.

Some of the research studies were conducted in collaboration with other institutions, like the Pacific Theological College of Suva, Callan Services of PNG, the Divine Word University, and several other NGOs.

At present there are plans to continue the investigation on marriage and family life in PNG rural and urban congtext) and to participate in a research study on the social impact of the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project.

The Symposia convened by the MI Director have always seen the decisive involvement of the RDMI. The main symposia so far convened have been that on Cargo Cults and Charismatic Movements, on Ethics and Development, on Human Sexuality in Melanesia Cultures, on Development and Environment in PNG, on Politics in PNG, and the latest on AIDS and churches in PNG. The proceedings of the symposia have been reported in the MI publications.


Recent Research

At the moment a group of MI-Research Staff is involved in an observation of exploring the lived experiences of students and youths with disability in mainstream schools in Papua New Guinea.

Researchers have been sent to the following electorates:

- Madang
- Lae
- National Capital District
- Hagen
- Wabag
- Jiwaka