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Dr. Ruwan Jayathilaka

Senior Lecturer (Higher Grade)

Faculty of Business | Business Management

Career Summary

Ruwan Jayathilaka is a senior lecturer (HG), Faculty of Business, SLIIT. 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 has a long list of research publications in national and international refereed journals and reviewer for many international journal articles, conference papers and books. He has presented more than 10 papers at conferences held in South Korea, Bangladesh, Nepal, Senegal and Australia.

Dr. 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. 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.
  • MSc (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

  • 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 MSc 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

Memberships

Ongoing Research

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., 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,  
  • Jayathilaka, R  " Global Economic Crisis and ICT "    State of the Economy 2009,  Ed. 1, 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.  " Labour Reforms "    State of the Economy 2003,  Ed. 1, ISBN-955-8708-19-4,    2003,  Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka,  pp.104-107,  

Conference Presentations

  • 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 "Water, Environment and Climate Change: Knowledge Sharing and Partnership organized by Ministry of Environment, Government of Nepal, Nepal,   2018
  • 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

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