GS16 Speakers

Merlyne Paunlagui


Director, Center for Strategic Planning and Policy Studies, University of the Philippines, Los Baños

Merlyne Paunlagui has more than 25 years of work experience in the fields of socio-economic research. Starting with women and development, her research interests expanded to agrarian reform communities focusing on the changing demographics of the farmer and the farming households and assessment of local institutions involved in the delivery of agricultural and social services including education, health, nutrition, and social protection. Dr Paunlagui teaches social policies and the disadvantaged groups, quantitative and qualitative methods in conducting research, and social impact assessment. She earned her PhD and Diploma in Demography from the Australian National University, completed a Master’s Degree in Rural Sociology at the University of the Philippines Los Baños, and graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Liberal Arts at Jose Rizal University.