Department of Economics & Statistics

Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya

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Professor Prasanna Perera
Professor in Economics

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

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Biography


     Prof. Prasanna Perera holds a BA (Honours – First Class) in Economics from the University of Peradeniya, a MA (Thammasat, Thailand) and a PhD in Economics (University of London and University of Peradeniya). Prof. Prasanna has nearly 25 years of teaching experience in the University of Peradeniya and currently serves as a Professor in Economics. Presently, he is teaching courses related to International Trade Theories and Economics of Conflicts at the University of Peradeniya. His research focuses on the areas of international finance, monetary economics, political economy, macroeconomics and forecasting.

Prof. Prasanna Perera is an eminent economist who has received numerous awards including the Common Wealth Doctoral Scholarship, Kodikara Award, GateMudliyar A. G. Tillekaratne Research Fellowship and Imai Memorial Scholarship.

Prof. Prasanna served as the lead researcher for the Next Generation Sri Lanka (2019), as part of the Next Generation Global Research Series on youth conducted by the British Council. Most recently, he directed the Pulse Survey 2020 of the British Council, which revisited findings from the Next Generation research as well as new issues related to youth in Sri Lanka.

He has a wide range of journal publications such as Tea Smallholders in Sri Lanka: Issues and Challenges in Remote Areas; Political Economy of Post war Sri Lanka; Forecasting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Sri Lanka; Modelling and Forecasting Foreign Direct Investment for SAARC Countries; Tourism Economics in Sri Lanka: An Econometric Analysis and an Analysis on Foreign Direct Investment, External Trade and Economic Growth in Sri Lanka.

He has also authored the following books: International Economics; Overview of Sri Lanka’s Trade Initiatives: Theory and Practice; Background to South Asian Countries; Challenges and Opportunities in the Economy of Sri Lanka and South Asia in Regional Economic Co-operation.

Prof. Prasanna has held many significant positions with national and international institutions. He was a consultant to the Government Trade Negotiations for the Sri Lanka Trade Development Project, appointed by the World Trade Organization, International Trade Centre, UNCTAD and a member of the Committee of Experts to Formulate the National Sustainable Development Vision of Sri Lanka, 2030. In 2002, he prepared the policy document on Globalisation and Youth in Sri Lanka for the National Youth Council, Sri Lanka.

Other responsibilities held by Prof. Prasanna include the position of Managing Director at the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation, Vice Chairman, Sri Lanka Ports Authority, Vice Chairman and the Executive Director of the Civil Aviation Authority, Sri Lanka.


Educational Qualifications


  • PhD in Economics (University of London and University of Peradeniya)
  • MA in Economics (Thammasat University, Thailand)
  • BA in Economics (First Class-Honours)

Positions Held


  • Professor in Economics, Department of Economics and Statistics, University of Peradeneniya, Sri Lanka (from February 2015).
  • Managing Director and Board Member, Ceylon Petroleum Corporation, from 26 May 2017 to 22 December 2017.
  • Vice Chairman, Sri Lanka Ports Authority, From October 2015-2017.
  • Honorary Chairman, Prosperous Capital and Assurance (Pvt) Ltd., 2016
  • Acting Chairman, Sri Lanka Ports Authority, From 14 January 2016 to 13 March 2016.
  • Board Member, Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka, From September 2015
  • Adviser to the Hon. Minister of Ports, Shipping and Aviation, Government of Sri Lanka, from March to September 2015.
  • Vice Chairman, Executive Director and Board Member, Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka, From March 2015 to September 2015.
  • Senior Lecturer (Gr.I) in Economics, Department of Economics and Statistics, University of Peradeneniya, Sri Lanka (from March 2007 to January 2015).
  • Senior Lecturer (Gr.II) in Economics, Department of Economics and Statistics, University of Peradeneniya, Sri Lanka (March 2001 to March 2007).


Visiting Appointments


  • Principal Researcher, Next Generation Sri Lanka, Island wide Baseline Study with British Council, 2018.
  • Co-Controlling Chief Examiner in Economics, Kandy and Kegalle Evaluation Centres, Department of Examination, Government of Sri Lanka, from 2015 to date.
  • Deputy Proctor, Faculty of Arts. University of Peradeniya, 2013-2015.
  • Coordinator-Foundation Course Unit, Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya, 2012- 2015.
  • Faculty Coordinator on ICT Skills Development for Undergraduates in Arts, Commerce and Management Streams, Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya, 2012 -2013.
  • Co-Coordinator, Sri Lanka Forum of University Economists, Department of Economics, University of Peradeniya, 2013.
  • President, Teachers Welfare Society, Faculty of Arts, 2012 – 2014.
  • Treasurer, Peradeniya Arts Faculty Teachers Association, (PAFTA), 2006 - 2007.
  • Faculty Coordinator, Course Unit System, University of Peradeniya, 2006 to 2008.
  • Co-Editor, Modern Sri Lanka Studies, University of Peradeniya, 2007 - 2009.
  • Resource Person, Centre for Distance and Continuing Education, University of Peradeniya, 2000 - 2002.


Memberships & Awards


  • Commonwealth Split Site Doctoral Scholarship, 2003-2004.
  • Gate Mudliyar A G Tillekeratne, Research Fellowship, University of Peradeniya, 2001-2002.
  • Kodikara Award, Regional Centre for Strategic Studies, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2001.
  • Imai Memorial Fund's Scholarship, 1996-1998.


Keynote / Invited Papers


  • Key Note Speaker, at the launch of the Autobiography of Hon. Speaker Karu Jayassoriya, BMICH, Colombo, 27.02.2020


Research Interests


  • International finance
  • Monetary economics
  • Political economy
  • Macroeconomics and forecasting
  • Youth issues
  • social conflicts


Research Publications


Books

  • Introduction to Economics, NEO Graphics (Pvt) Ltd., Sri Lanka, 2020, ISBN:978-955-96915-1-8.
  • Overview of Sri Lanka’s Regional Trade Initiatives: Theory and Practice, Godage Publishers, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2014, ISBN: 978-955-30-5468-5.
  • International Economics, Godage Publishers, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2014, ISBN: 978-955-30-5466-1.
  • Background to SAARC Countries, Godage Publishers, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2014, ISBN:, 978-955-30-5467-8.
  • Challenges and Opportunities in the Economy of Sri Lanka, Co-authored with Aminda Perera and Shiral Lakthilaka, Published by Collective of Social Democrats, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2012, ISBN: 978-955-4611-03-0.
  • South Asia in the Regional Economic Cooperation, Author’s Publication, 1999, ISBN 955-967-81-0-8. This book was recommended as a School library book in the Central Province by the Central Province Education Department in 2003.
Book Chapters
  • Tea Industry in Transition: 150 years and Beyond, Institute of Policy Studies Sri Lanka (2019).
  • The Political Economic Perspective on South Asian Regionalism, Prof. Atapattu Felicitation Volume, University of Ruhuna, 2015.
  • Co-authored research article titled Impact of international trade on economic growth in Sri Lanka, Prof. W.D. Laxman Felicitation Volume, Social Scientists Association, 2008.
Edited Book
  • Basic Mathematics, 2014, Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.
Book Reviews
  • Mats Berdal and David M. Malone, Greed and Grievances, Economic Agendas in Civil Wars, Sri Lanka Economic Journal, June 2004.
Journal Articles (Selected)
  • Forecasting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Sri Lanka for the period from year 2014-2064, International Journal of Arts and Commerce, Vol. 4, No. 1, 2015.
  • Tourism Economics in Sri Lanka: An Econometric Analysis, International Journal of Business and Social Research, Vol. 5, No. 01, 2015.
  • Modeling and Forecasting Foreign Direct Investment for SAARC Countries, International Journal of Business and Social Science, Vol. 6, No. 1, 2015.
  • Political Economy of Post War Sri Lanka, International Journal of Business and Social Research, Vol. 4, No. 12, 2014.
  • Tea Smallholders in Sri Lanka: Issues and Challenges in Remote Areas, International Journal of Business and Social Science, Vol. 5, No. 12, 2014.
  • An Analysis on Foreign Direct Investment, External Trade and Economic Growth in Sri Lanka: 1978-2011, the Faculty Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Ruhuna, Vol. V (No. 1), 2013.
Unpublished Thesis
  • Political Economy Perspectives on South Asian Regionalism
  • Project Committee Chairman, Hambanthota Port Project, appointed by Department of Public Finance, General Treasury, Government of Sri Lanka, 2016.


Other Credentials


  • Consultant to the Government Trade Negotiations for the Sri Lanka Trade Development Project, appointed by the World Trade Organization, International Trade Centre, UNCTAD, 2016.
  • A member of the Committee of Experts to Formulate the National Sustainable Development Vision of Sri Lanka–2030.


Consultancy Reports


  • Next Generation Sri Lanka, 2020, Pulse Survey
  • Next Generation Sri Lanka, 2019, Next Generation Global Research Series on Youth
  • Overview of Sri Lanka’s Bilateral and Regional Trade Agreements, 2006.
  • Globalisation and Youth in Sri Lanka, National Youth Council, Sri Lanka, 2002.


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