Doctoral Studies

In 2020, I commenced my doctoral studies at the Crawford School of Public Policy of the Australian National University, under the supervision of Professor Warwick McKibbin, Professor Renee Fry-McKibbin, and Dr. Weifeng Liu.

The commencement of my doctoral studies coincided with the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. At three different stages of the pandemic, I conducted three studies with Professor McKibbin evaluating the economic consequences of the pandemic, and public health and economic policy responses to the pandemic. The work was culminated in three research papers and two book chapters. The papers have been cited in international media, institutional reports from international policy institutions. As of September 2023, the papers have been cited in over 3,500 publications, according to Google Scholar.

Since 2021, I have studied the global economic impacts of climate risks. In April 2021, I co-authored a study with Professor McKibbin and Dr. Liu, evaluating the global economic impacts of physical (chronic and extreme risks), transition, and financial risks. From June to August 2022, for my internship at the Monetary and Capital Markets Department of the International Monetary Fund, I explored the systematic and unsystematic exposure of a global multisectoral sample of 59,554 firms to both chronic and extreme climate risks and their economic consequences. In June 2023, I received the Wallace E. Tyner award from the Global Trade Analysis Project (GTAP) for “being a promising young researcher undertaking policy-relevant research at the intersection of the economy, energy, and the environment”, for my work on the global economic impacts of physical climate risks on agriculture and energy.

Since 2022, I have been studying the economic impacts of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). In June 2022, I co-authored a study with Professor McKibbin outlining a strategy to model the macroeconomic consequences of AMR.

Postgraduate Studies leading to PhD

In 2019, I obtained a master’s in International and Development Economics, with Commendation, from the Crawford School of Public Policy. The essay I wrote for the course, Modeling the Global Economy, convened by Professor Warwick McKibbin, explored the global impact of the loss of confidence in Asian emerging markets. The study was published in The World Economy in 2020. My master’s thesis, under the supervision of Professor McKibbin assessed the global economic consequences of an escalation of AMR.

In 2017, I obtained a master’s in Financial Economics from the University of Colombo. One of the studies I conducted for Microeconomics explored the price elasticity of demand for pipe-borne water in Colombo, Sri Lanka, which is a prerequisite for resolving the water crisis there. The study was published in the OUSL Journal in 2018.

Following the completion of the examinations at the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) of the UK in 2014, I obtained a master’s in Business Administration from the University of West London in 2015. My thesis explored the factors affecting the economic affordability among the domestic water consumers in Sri Lanka.

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