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About Me

I am a Research Fellow at the Centre for Health Economics (CHE), Monash University. I have expertise in conducting statistical and econometric analyses of survey and administrative quantitative data to examine causal relationships.

My current work investigates the socioeconomic determinants of children’s mental health, emotional wellbeing and cognitive development. My other research interests extend to broad areas of Applied Microeconometrics and Development Economics, with a particular focus on adverse effects of issues such as child labour, child marriage in developing countries, and the effectiveness of social protection programs in addressing such issues.

My research findings have been featured in various media outlets and platforms (such as The Conversation and Indo Media). This has enabled me to disseminate my research to a broader audience in both academic and public settings.

I received my PhD in Economics from the University of Adelaide in 2020 and was awarded the Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence.  I also hold a Master (with Distinction) and Bachelor (Honours) degrees in Economics from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Prior to joining Monash, I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Queensland.

Resumé 

Education

PhD in Economics

2020 | University of Adelaide, Australia

Masters in Economics (Distinction)

2015 | University of Colombo, Sri Lanka 

BBA in Business Economics (First Class Honours)

2011 | University of Colombo, Sri Lanka 

Experience

Research Fellow

2022 – Current | Monash University, Australia

Post-doctoral Research Fellow

2020 – 2022 | University of Queensland, Australia

Graduate Teaching Assistant

2018 – 2020 | University of Adelaide, Australia

Achievements

Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence

2020 | University of Adelaide, Australia

First prize at the Visualise your Thesis Competition (VYT)

2019 | University of Adelaide, Australia