Dr. C.R. Abayasekara

Senior Lecturer


Email ranila@pdn.ac.lk
Tel +94 (0)81 239 2620
  • Dr. Abayasekara joined the Department in 1982 as a Temporary Assistant Lecturer, and has been on its permanent staff since 1984. His research interests include credit markets, environmental economics, economics of poverty, and economics education. A Fulbright Scholar, and formerly consultant to development agencies, such as the World Bank and GTZ, he has received training in environmental economics at workshops organized by the Beijer Institute and EEPSEA. He has collaborated on research on poverty in Sri Lanka, and is published in Modern Sri Lanka Studies and The Sri Lanka Journal of the Humanities. He currently teaches ECN653 (Contemporary Issues in the Regional and Global Economy), and coordinates the final year undergraduate dissertation process.
Educational Qualifications
  • Ph.D. : Boston
  • M.A. : Boston
  • B.A. : Peradeniya
Appointments (Selected)
  • Actg. Head of Department, September – October 2012
  • Head of Department, September 01, 2009 – August 31, 2012
Visiting Appointments
  • 1992 Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya
  • 1996-2000 Faculty of Science, University of Peradeniya
Memberships & Awards
  • Life Member, Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science
Research Interests
  • Credit Markets
  • Environmental Economics
  • Economics Education
  • Economics of Poverty
Research Publications
  • Abhayaratne, A.S.P. and C. Ranil Abayasekara 2011. “An Overview of Social Welfare Provisioning after 1977” in Kelegama, S. and D. Gunewardena (eds.) Economic and Social Development under a Market Economy Regime in Sri Lanka, Buddhadasa Hewavitharana Felicitation Volume 2, 337-366, Colombo: Vijitha Yapa Publications
  • Abayasekara, C. Ranil and A.V.K. Madhavie, 2004. “Open Access, Over-fishing and Livelihood Risk: A Property Rights Perspective on the South Coast Lobster Fishery of Sri Lanka”, The Sri Lanka Journal of the Humanities Vol. XXIX & XXX (Nos. 1 & 2) 2003-04 131-56
  • Abayasekara, C. Ranil 1996. “Who Benefits from Subsidised Credit? A Tale of Two Agents”, Modern Sri Lanka Studies (New Series), Vol.1 No.1 July-Dec. 1996 32-43
Other Credentials
  • Team Member, CARP External Review of Veterinary Research Institute, Gannoruwa Sept.2011 – May 2012
  • Reviewer, Proposals under HETC Project Quality and Innovation Grant Window 4, February-May 2012
Consultancy Reports
  • Abayasekara, C. Ranil 1998 a “The Rural Nonfarm Sector and Poverty Alleviation in Sri Lanka”. Prepared for Formulation of Policy Framework for Poverty Alleviation, Colombo: UNDP & World Bank
  • Abayasekara, C. Ranil 1998b “Sri Lanka Labour Market Study – Rural sector: Preliminary Report”, submitted to World Bank, Colombo
  • Silva, K. Tudor, C. Ranil Abayasekara, M.W. Amarasiri de Silva, and Vijitha Nanayakkara 1996, “Approaches to Poverty Alleviation in Sri Lanka”, submitted to the GTZ Working Group on Self-Help Promotion and Organizational Development in Sri Lanka and the Interdisciplinary Working Group on Poverty Alleviation, Eschborn, Germany

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