Department of Economics & Statistics

Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya

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Prof. M.B. Ranathilaka
Professor in Economics

Department of Economics & Statistics
Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya
Peradeniya, 20400, Sri Lanka

+94 (0)81 239 2622
malakalk1967@yahoo.com, malakalk2012@gmail.com

Biography


     M. B. Ranathilaka holds a doctorate in Agricultural Economics from Kagoshima University, Japan, and M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics from Saga University, Japan, and M.Phil and a B.A. (Honours) in Economics from the University of Peradeniya, where he is working as a Professor in Economics. His research mainly includes in the field of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Marketing, Rural Development, Rural Institutions and Poverty. He has published more than 20 research papers in well-known international journals which include International Journal of Agricultural Research, Asia-Pacific Journal of Rural Development, Journal of Business and Finance in Emerging Markets, Journal of Rural Economics, Review of Agricultural Economics, Review of Behavioral Aspect in Organizations and Society and Journal of Smart Economic Growth. He is the author of four text books and the co-author of a book. He has published 5 book chapters and presented more than 30 research papers in national and international conferences. He has worked as Research Assistant as well as Graduate Teaching Assistant at the Agricultural Economics Lab, Saga University, Japan during his postgraduate studies. Furthermore, he was awarded an Erasmus Mundus Postdoc fellowship by the European Union's Erasmus Mundus programme to the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain.


Educational Qualifications


  • Ph.D. : Japan (Saga)
  • M.Sc. : Japan (Kagoshima)
  • M.Phil. : Peradeniya
  • B.A. : Peradeniya

Positions Held


  • Professor in Economics (2018)
  • Senior Lecturer, Grade I (2012-2018)
  • Senior Lecturer, Grade II (2001-2012)
  • Lecturer (1996-2001)
  • Assistant Lecturer (1994-1996)


Appointments (Selected)


  • Member of the Academic Board, National Institute of Education, Ministry of Education.
  • Member of Governing Board, Post Graduate Institute of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya
  • Member of the Standing Committee, National Education Commission, Sri Lanka
  • Member of the Academic Board, the National Institute of Cooperative Development, Sri Lanka from 2014 to 2017.
  • Senior Student Counselor, Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya
  • Co-Chairman, Scholarship Committee, Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya.
  • Senior Treasurer, Economics Student’s Society, Department of Economics and Statistics, Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya.
  • Member of the Board of Directors, Polipto Lanka (Pvt) Ltd. from 21/6/2010 to 2015.
  • Member of the Board of the Management, Sri Lanka Foundation Institute, from 31/5/2010 to 2015.


Memberships & Awards


  • Post Doctoral Fellowship under the Erasmus Mundus Action 2 –EXPERTS at University of Santiago De Compostela, Spain, from 13/09/2011 to 12/07/2012.
  • Mombugakaksho Fellowship by the Japanese Government in Japan, 2001 to 2007
  • Great Mudliyar Scholarship, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 1997.
  • P D Khan Gold Medal by the University of Peradeniya for the Most Outstanding Performance in BA in Economics, 1994.
  • University Scholarship by the University of Peradeniya for the Best Results of the year in Economics, 1994.


Research Interests


  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agricultural Marketing
  • Rural Development
  • Rural Institutions
  • Poverty


Research Publications


  • Ranathilaka, M.B. and I.A.J. Imbulana Arachchi (2019). The Effect of Fertilizer Subsidy on Paddy Production of Small Scale Farmers: Special Reference in Polonnaruwa District in Sri Lanka, Review of Behavioral Aspect in Organizations and Society (RBAOS), Vol. 2. No. 1.
  • M. B. Ranathilaka, Neluma Lashmi and Wasantha Atukorala. (2019). PRODUCTION AND MARKETING OF BANANA: ESTIMATING THE PROFITABILITY USING WALAWA REGION IN SRI LANKA, Journal of Business and Finance in Emerging Markets (JBFEM), Vol. 2 No. 1.
  • Ranathilaka, M.B. (2019). The Effect of Fertilizer Subsidy on Small Scale Paddy Production in Polonnaruwa District: Case in Higurakgoda Divisional Secretarit, Sri Lanka Journal of Economic Research, Vol. 6, Issue 2.
  • Ranathilaka, M.B. and I.A.J. Imbulana Arachi (2019) “Competition between Local and Foreign Food: A Comparative Study on Rice versus Wheat Flour in Sri Lanka”, Rajarata Journal of Social Sciences, Department of Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Rajarata University of Sri Lanka.
  • Ranathilaka, M.B. and Kuntor Boga Andri. (2014). Market Efficiency on Vegetable Commodities in Developing Countries: A Case Study from Dambulla Wholesale Market in Sri Lanka. International Journal of Agricultural Research 9, No. 2, Page 99-109.
  • Ranathilaka, M.B. (2014). Nexus between Land and Ethnic Conflict in Sri Lanka: Real or Imaginary? An Analysis of Land, Agricultural and Irrigation Policies in Sri Lanka. The International Journal of the Sri Lanka Forum of University Economists, Vol. 2, No. 2, Page 69-89.
  • Ranathilaka, M.B. and Herath, H.M.W.A. (2012) Agriculture Marketing under the Market Economy Regime, in Kelegama, S. and D. Gunewardena (eds.) Economic and Social Development under a Market Economy Regime in Sri Lanka, Buddhadasa Hewavitharana Felicitation Volume 2, Page. 252-267, Colombo: Vijitha Yapa Publications.
  • Dayaratna Banda OG, JMA Jayawickrama and Ranathilaka, M.B. (2008). Sense and Nonsense of Rice Price Control in Sri Lanka, Peradeniya Journal of Economics, Vol 2, No 1 & 2.
  • Ranathilaka, M.B. and Yoshiharu, Shiratake. (2007). Alternative Farmer Organizations on Rural Agricultural Development in Sri Lanka: A Comparative Study of Multi-Purpose Cooperatives and Farmer Cooperatives in Kurunegala District, Review of Agricultural Economics, The Kyushu Society of Agricultural Economics, Japan.
  • Ranathilaka, M.B. and Yoshiharu, Shiratake and Piyadasa, Edirisuriya, (2006). The Role of Multi-purpose Cooperatives and Rural Agriculture Development in Sri Lanka: A Case Study of Kurunegala District, Asia-Pacific Journal of Rural Development, 16(2), 35 - 56.
  • Ranathilaka, M.B. and Yoshiharu, Shiratake. (2006). An Alternative Approach to Using Multi-purpose Cooperative Societies for Rural Agricultural Development in Sri Lanka: A Case Study of the Kurunegala District: A Study of Kurunegala District, (co-authored with Yoshiharu Shiratake) Journal of Rural Economics, Special Issue, The Agricultural Economic Society of Japan, Japan, pp. 616-623


Other Credentials


  • Resource Person: Prepare a manuscript for the Sri Lanka Journal of Co-operative Studies, National Institute of Cooperative Development, Polgolla, Sri Lanka 2016/2017.
  • Resource Person: Prepare a policy document on Strategies on Poverty Reduction in Sri Lanka, President Office 2016.
  • Resource Person: Training Cooperative Officers to develop farmer cooperatives in North Central Province, North- Central Provincial Council, 2013.
  • Resource Person: Study the new incinerator for chemical wastes, organized by the Central Environmental Authority, 2010.


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