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Prof. Ruwan Jayathilaka

Associate Professor / Head | Department of Information Management

Faculty of Business | Information Management

Career Summary

Ruwan Jayathilaka is an Associate Professor, SLIIT Business School, SLIIT. He is currently serving as the Head, Department of Information Management, SLIIT Business School and the coordinator for MBA programme. Prior to joining SLIIT, he worked with many international and national institutions including UNICEF, Institute of Policy Studies, World Economic Forum, International Organization for Migration, South Asia Centre for Policy Studies, International Development Research Centre and dealt with many policy stakeholder ministries and private sector institutions in Sri Lanka.

He is the author of several peer reviewed articles published in a number of international leading journals, including Applied Economics, Tourism Analysis, Tourism Review, PLOS ONE, BMC Public Health, Quality & Quantity, Disability and Society, South Asia Economic Journal, Journal of the Korean Economy, etc. and presented more than 15 papers at conferences held in countries including South Korea, Bangladesh, Nepal, Senegal and Australia.

Prof. Jayathilaka has lecturing experience in Applied Econometrics, Business Economics, Business Statistics, Business Research Practice and Data Analysis in numerous state and private universities in Sri Lanka. He has also served as a research supervisor for postgraduate and undergraduate level students in several national and private universities in Sri Lanka. He has been a resource person for many workshops related to Research Methods and Data Analysis organized by several state universities and ministries in Sri Lanka.

He is the current Editor of Sri Lanka Journal of Population Studies and Associate Editor of Sri Lanka Economic Journal and SLIIT Business Review. He has previously served as the Editor for the International Journal of Management and Entrepreneurship from 2017 through 2018, and as an associate Editor for the International Journal of Management and Entrepreneurship.

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS

  • Ph.D. in Economics, Griffith University, Australia.
  • MSSc (Economics), National University of Singapore, Singapore.
  • MEcon (Distinction Pass), University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  • B.A. in Economics (Sp. Econometrics) First Class Honours, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  • Dip in System Design, National Institute of Business Management, Sri Lanka.

HONOURS AND AWARDS

  • Two certificates for special recognition of the research performance - top 10% Scopus Cite score index (2020), SLIIT.
  • Two certificates for special recognition of the research performance - top 25% Scopus Cite score index (2020), SLIIT.
  • Griffith Business School Top-Up Scholarships, Australia for Ph.D. program.
  • Griffith University International Postgraduate Research Scholarship, Australia for Ph.D. program.
  • Griffith University Postgraduate Research Scholarship, Australia for Ph.D. program.
  • Asian Development Bank Scholarship, Singapore for MSSc program.
  • President Scholarship for Children of Public Officers for Postgraduate Studies, President Office, Sri Lanka.
  • Awarded Professor of Economics Gold Medal for Economics at the General Convocation 2004 of the University of Colombo for the overall best performance of the Department of Economics.
  • Awarded M.W. Jayasuriya Memorial Prize for Economics at the General Convocation 2004 of the University of Colombo for the overall best performance of the Faculty of Arts.
  • Awarded Neil Bandaranaike Memorial Prize for Economics at the General Convocation 2004 of the University of Colombo for the overall best performance of the Faculty of Arts.

Research Interests and Memberships

Research Interests

Econometric Modeling

Development Economics

Microeconomics and Policy Studies

Poverty and Vulnerability

Economic Demography

International Trade

Tourism

Health Economics

Business Economics

Memberships

Ongoing Research

World Bank funded AHEAD research project for SLIIT Business School (Team member): Quality of Life and Employability Potential of Persons with Visual Impairment and Blindness (VI&B) in Sri Lanka. (2019~)

My Publications

Journal Publications

Books

  • Tilakaratna, G., Samaratunga P.A., Jayathilaka, R. Marawilla, D., Galappattige, A., and Perera R.  " Economic and Political Empowerment of the Poor-Sri Lanka." Dhaka,  Centre for Policy Dialogue and South Asia Centre for Policy Studies,  2009,  Edition ISBN-984-300-0028-23-7,  pp.224 pages,  
  • Tilakaratna, G., Jayathilaka, R., and Galappattige, D.  " Educational Opportunities for the Poor in Sri Lanka: Assessing Spatial Disparities."  Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka,  2009,  Edition ISBN-978-955-8708-56-9,  pp.200 pages,  
  • Siddhisena K.A.P and Jayathilaka, R.  " Identification of the Poor in Sri Lanka: Development of Composite Index and Regional Poverty Lines."  Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka,  2006,  Edition ISBN-955-8708-29-1,  pp.75 pages,  
  • Jayathilaka, R. and Jayawardhana, T.  " International Migration Outlook - Sri Lanka, 2008." Colombo,  International Organization for Migration,  2009,  Edition ISBN-978-955-0152-00-1,  pp.126 pages,  

Book Chapters

  • de Mel Deshal. and Jayathilaka, R  " Trade-Poverty Nexus in Sri Lanka "  in Bandara, J.S., Athukorala, P. and Kelegama, S (eds. 2015),  Trade and Poverty in South Asia,  Ed. ISBN-978-0-415-56175-4,  London,  2011,  Routledge,  pp.151-174,  
  • Jayathilaka, R.  " Poverty Concepts, Trends in Global Poverty and Sri Lanka "  in Dissanayake, L., and Ukwatta, S. (eds. 2015),  Population and Development,  Ed. ISBN-978-955-0460-69-4,  Colombo,  2015,  Department of Demography, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka,  pp.277-316,  
  • Jayathilaka, R.  " Status of Poverty in Sri Lanka: In a Perspective of Headship "  in Bandara, R. (ed. 2009),  Development Issues, Contradiction and Policy options,  Ed. ISBN-978-955-1772-321,    2018,  Social Scientists Association of Sri Lanka,  pp.371-399 (Published in Sinhala language),  
  • Jayathilaka, R  " Global Economic Crisis and ICT "    State of the Economy 2009,  Ed. ISBN-978-955-8708-55-2,    2009,  Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka,  pp.176-182,  
  • Jayathilaka, R.  " Linkages between Poverty and Alcohol "    State of the Economy 2008,  Ed. 1, ISBN-978-955-8708-55-2 ,    2008,  Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka,  pp.191-195,  
  • Jayathilaka, R.  " Pro-poor Growth "    State of the Economy 2005,  Ed. 1, ISBN-955-8708-35-6,    2005,  Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka,  pp.143-147,  
  • Jayathilaka, R., and Tilakaratna, G.,  " Achieving Millennium Development Goals in Sri Lanka: Current Status, Trend and Challenges "    State of the Economy 2004,  Ed. (ed. 2004), ISBN-955-8708-27-5,    2004,  Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka,  pp.79-94,  
  • Gunaratna, K.L., Jayathilaka, R.  " Regaining Construction Momentum "  Wimalaratana. W., Vidanagama, S., Udugama, M. ,  Reviving Covid-19 Affected Economy,    Colombo,  2020,  Sri Lanka Economic Association,  pp.19-21,  

Conference Presentations

  • Jayathilaka, R.  " Is there a link between alcohol consumption and poverty?  Presentation,  at the international conference organized by Network of Asia Pacific Schools and Institutes of Public Administration and Governance (NAPSIPAG) conference, Sri Lanka,   2012
  • Jayathilaka, R.  " Socioeconomic and Demographic Attributes of Alcohol Consuming Households in Sri Lanka  Presentation,  at the research student conference on Think, refresh, and replenish Your research organized by the School of education and Professional Studies, Griffith University, Southbank Campus, Australia,   2011
  • Jayathilaka, R.  " Child Poverty in Sri Lanka: An Econometric Analysis  Presentation,  at the Regional Conference on Achieving Child Well-Being and Equity in South Asia organized by the UNICEF Bangladesh Country Office, Dhaka, Bangladesh,   2009
  • Jayathilaka, R.  " FTA Negotiations in Asia-Pacific Region: An Empirical Study on the Determinants of FTA among the Bilateral Trading Partners  Presentation,  at the Korea and the World Economy VII Conference organized by the Korea and the World Economy VII Conference and Asia-Pacific Cooperation Academy, Kangwon National University, Chuncheon, Korea,   2008
  • Jayathilaka, R.  " Child Well-Being and Equity in Sri Lanka  Presentation,  at the South Asia Regional Poverty Network Meeting organized by the UNICEF of Kathmandu, Nepal,   2008
  • Jayathilaka, R.  " Trade-Poverty Nexus in Sri Lanka  Presentation,  at the Trade and Poverty Nexus in South Asia Conference organized by Institute of Policy Studies and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Sri Lanka,   2008
  • Jayathilaka, R.  " Identification of the Poor in Sri Lanka: Development of Composite Index and regional Poverty Lines  Presentation,  at the 3rd PEP general meeting organized by the Poverty and Economic Policy (PEP) Research Network, Dakar, Senegal,   2004
  • Jayathilaka, R.  " Adverse Selection Effect for South Asian Countries in FTA Formation: An Empirical Study on the Determinants of FTA among the Bilateral Trading Partners  Presentation,  at the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka,   2008
  • Jayathilaka, R.  " Status of Poverty in Sri Lanka: In a Perspective of Headship  Presentation,  at the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka,   2008
  • Jayathilaka, R.  " Status of Poverty in Female-Headed Households in Sri Lanka  Presentation,  at the 10th annual scientific session organized by the Population Association of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka,   2006
  • Jayathilaka, R.  " Identification of the Poor in Sri Lanka: Development of Composite Index and regional Poverty Lines  Presentation,  at the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka,   2003
  • Jayathilaka, R.  " SAARC Regional Poverty Profile 2003  Presentation,  at the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka,   2003
  • Jayathilaka, R.  " Estimating Willingness to Pay for Wetland Conservation: A Contingent Valuation Study of Mudun Ela and Kalu Oya watersheds, Western province Sri Lanka  Presentation,  at the international conference on ,   2018

Conference Proceedings

  • Jayathilaka, R. and Keembiyahetti   FTA Negotiations in Asia-Pacific Region: An Empirical Study on the Determinants of FTA among the Bilateral Trading Partners  in Korea and the World Economy VII Conference,  year 2008,  Korea,  pp.725-752,  Association of the Korean Economic Studies and Koron Institute of Public Finance,    19th to 21st May, 2008,  
  • Jayathilaka, R   Socioeconomic and Demographic Attributes of Alcohol Consuming Households in Sri Lanka  in Research Student Conference,  year 2011,  Australia,    Griffith University,    12th November 2011,  
  • Serasinghe, P. and Jayathilaka, R.   Estimating Willingness to pay for wetland conservation: A contingent valuation study of Mudun Ela and Kolu Oya Watersheds  in Water, Environment and Climate Change: Knowledge Sharing and Partnership,  year 2018,  Nepal,    MInistry of Forest and Environment, Nepal,    10-12 April 2018,  
  • A. C. H. F. Zainab, H. D. N. N. Senavirathna, W. M. S. Priyashantha, T. A. D. K. Yasarathna and M. D. R. K. Jayathilaka   The Impact of the Proportion of Female Directors on Firm Performance: An Approach to Achieve Gender Equality  in 7th Peradeniya International Economics Research Symposium (PIERS) - 2019,  year 2019,  Sri Lanka,    University of Peradeniya,    A. C. H. F. Zainab, H. D. N. N. Senavirathna, W. M. S. Priyashantha, T. A. D. K. Yasarathna and M. D. R. K. Jayathilaka ,  
  • R. D. N. L. Deshapriya, K. A. D. L. Lakpriya, P. M. D. G. T Pathiraja, P. G. N. A. H. Wijesiri and M. D. R. K. Jayathilaka   The Effects of Natural Disasters: A Study to Sustain Paddy and other Seasonal Crop Farmers in Sri Lanka  in Conference Proceedings, 7th Peradeniya International Economics Research Symposium (PIERS) - 2019,  year 2019,  Sri Lanka,    University of Peradeniya,    R. D. N. L. Deshapriya, K. A. D. L. Lakpriya, P. M. D. G. T Pathiraja, P. G. N. A. H. Wijesiri and M. D. R. K. Jayathilaka,  
  • B.G.D. U. I. Gamage, G.P.D.P.G. Geethanjana, L.G.S.H.M. Karunarathne, R.M.H.T. Rathnayaka and M.D.R.K. Jayathilaka   Recreational Activities and their Impact on Poverty in Sri Lanka  in 7th Peradeniya International Economics Research Symposium (PIERS) - 2019,  year 2019,  Sri Lanka,    University of Peradeniya,    B.G.D. U. I. Gamage, G.P.D.P.G. Geethanjana, L.G.S.H.M. Karunarathne, R.M.H.T. Rathnayaka and M.D.R.K. Jayathilaka ,  
  • Hameed, Z, Senavirathna, N, Weerasooriya S, Yasarathna, D and Jayathilaka, R   Board Gender Dominated Sectors and Financial Performance in Sri Lanka  in Vavuniya Campus International Research Symposium-2019 (VCIRS-2019),  year 2019,  Sri Lanka,    Vavuniya Campus of the University of Jaffna,    1 October 2019,  
  • Rathnayaka, H., Geethanjana, P., Gamage, U., Karunarathne, H. and Jayathilaka, R.   Socio-Demographic Characteristics of Recreational Activities: Evidence from Eastern Province  in Vavuniya Campus International Research Symposium-2019 (VCIRS-2019),  year 2019,  Sri Lanka,    Vavuniya Campus of the University of Jaffna,    1 October 2019,  
  • Attale, D.S.C., Sudusinghe, D.R., Abeyrathna, H.A.P.I., De Seram, S.S.H., Jayathilaka, M.D.R.K.   Quality of Life in Visually Impaired and Blind People in Sri Lanka  in CINEC Student Research Symposium - 2020,  year 2020,  Sri Lanka,    CINEC Campus,    27 November 2020,  
  • A.C.H.F. Zainab, H.D.N.N. Senavirathna, W.M.S. Priyashantha, T.A.D.K. Yasarathna and M.D.R.K. Jayathilaka   Women Directors and Financial Performance of Firms in Sri Lanka  in 8th International Economic Research Conference of Sri Lanka Forum of University Economists,  year 2019,  Department of Industrial Management, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka,  pp.126 - 123,  The Sri Lanka Forum of University Economists,    20th December 2019,  
  • Jayathilaka, R., Suraweera, T. and Thelijjagoda, S.   In a Quest for What They Value the Most: Persons with Visual Immurement and Blindness in a Clustered Community in Sri Lanka  in 9th International Research Conference of the Sri Lanka Forum of University Economists,  year 2021,  Uva Wellassa University of Sri Lanka,        22 January 2021,  
  • Dunuwila, V., Suraweera, T., Jayathilaka, R. and Thelijjagoda, S.   Challenges and Prospectus for Economic Empowerment of Persons with Visual Impairment and Blindness Engaged in Self Employed Ventures  in 9th International Research Conference of the Sri Lanka Forum of University Economists,  year 2021,  Uva Wellassa University of Sri Lanka,        22 January 2021,  
  • Jayathilaka, R., Adikari, H., Liyanage, R., Udalagama, R. and Wanigarathna, N.   Fading Before they Bloom: Child Mortality in Sri Lanka in Householders  in 9th International Research Conference of the Sri Lanka Forum of University Economists,  year 2021,  Uva Wellassa University of Sri Lanka,        22 January 2021,  
  • Dunuwila, V., Jayathilaka, R., Attale, D., De Seram, H., Sudusinghe, D., Abeyrathna, I., Suraweera, T., and Thelijjagoda, S.   Effects of Seven Domains of Personal Wellbeing over Quality of Life of Persons with Visual Impairment and Blindness in Sri Lanka  in Virtual Conference on Library and Information Science ,  year 2021,  SLT Campus,    SLT Campus,    Dunuwila, V., Jayathilaka, R., Attale, D., De Seram, H., Sudusinghe, D., Abeyrathna, I., Suraweera, T., and Thelijjagoda, S. ,  
  • Wickramarachchi, C., Jayathilaka, R., Serasinghe, W., Kollure, L., Thisarani, T., Suraweera, T., & Thelijjagoda, S.   Relationship of Socio-economic and Demographic Characteristics of Persons with Visual Impairment and Blindness to their Levels of Vision: Evidence from two Geographical Areas in Sri Lanka  in Virtual Conference on Library and Information Science - 2021,  year 2021,  SLT Campus,    SLT Campus,    23rd August 2021,  
  • Suraweera, T., Thelijjagoda, S., Jayathilaka, R. and Wickramaarachchi, C.   An Operational Model of Managing Vocational Training for Persons with Visual Impairment and Blindness  in 14th International Research Conference,  year 2021,  General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University Ratmalana, Sri Lanka,        09-10 September 2021,  
  • Rathnaweera, D. and Jayathilaka, R.   Does Working from Home Affect Work-Life Balance? A Look into the Factors that Affect Work-Life Balance  in International Research Conference,  year 2021,  General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University Ratmalana,        09-10 September 2021,  

Journal Publications Under Review

  • Jayathilaka, R., Dharmasena, T., Weligodapola, M. and Welgama, M.  " A Heavier Burden on 'Health, the Greatest Gift': Identifying the Determinants of Healthcare Expenditure in Sri Lanka "  Sri Lanka Economic Journal,  vol.18,      Under Review

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