Sunimalee’s research interests include health economics, gender and population studies. She holds a BA (Economic Special) degree with a first class and a Masters in Economics (MEcon) degree from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. She is also partly qualified in Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA-UK). She was selected as a Fellow for the Asia-Pacific Capacity Development on Gender and Macroeconomic Issues, held in Japan in 2011.

Research

An Empirical Investigation of Labor Shortage in the Manufacturing Sector in Sri Lanka (2017), Discussion Paper Series, No. 2016-05 Economics and Business Statistics, Griffith University

Trade Winds of Change- Women entrepreneurs on the rise in South Asia- Background country study – Sri Lanka, 2016 – Publication by UNDP, Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok Regional Hub

UNDP (2016), ‘Paving the Way for Women Entrepreneurs to Trade in South Asia, Making inroads into South Asia: Promoting women entrepreneurship and intraregional trade, UNDP, APRC, Bangkok – forthcoming

United Nations Development Programme Sri Lanka, (2015) ‘Millennium Development Goals Country Report 2014 Sri Lanka’, UNDP Colombo – Chapters on ‘Improving Maternal Health’ and ‘Reduce Child Mortality’

Bandara S., Jayaratne N. and Madurawala S., (2014), ‘Intersectoral action for health in addressing Social Determinants of Health through Public Policies in Sri Lanka: Health in All Policies’, Australasian Medical Journal,  Issue 2, Vol 7, 2014.

Madurawala S., (2014), ‘Gender Equality and Empowering Young Women in Sri Lanka’. Paper presented at the South Asian Regional Conference on Women, Work and Poverty, April 17th- 18th 2014, Islamabad, Pakistan

Madurawala S., (2014), Female Employment for Inclusive Growth: Trends, Issues and Concerns of Female Labour Force Participation in Sri Lanka, Working Paper, Labour Economics Series No. 16. Colombo, Institute of Policy Studies

Attygalle K., Hirimuthugodage D., Madurawala S.,  Seneratne A.,  Wijesinha A. and Edirisinghe C. (2014), ‘Female Entrepreneurship and the Role of Business Development Services in Promoting Small and Medium Women Entrepreneurship in Sri Lanka’, Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka, Oxfam GB, Sri Lanka

Madurawala S.,  (2013), ‘Making Women More Participatory in the Process of Economic Development’, in IPS (eds), Sri Lanka State of the Economy Report (SOE) 2013, Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka: Colombo.  (IPS publication; ISBN 978-955-8708-77-4)

Madurawala S., (2012), ‘Women in Value Chains: Female Participation in the Apparel Industry in Sri Lanka’. Paper  presented at the Conference ‘Value Chains for Inclusive Development Lessons and Policies for South Asia’ 24-25 November 2012 at BRAC Center Inn, Dhaka, Bangladesh

United Nations Development Programme Sri Lanka, (2012) ‘Sri Lanka Human Development Report 2012: Bridging Regional Disparities for Human Development’, UNDP, Colombo. Chapter on ‘Bridging Human Development Gaps: Health’

Khatun F., Ahamad, M.G., Chaturvedi   S., Sharma P., Sapkota C., Ahmed A., Naveed A., Dayaratne G. D. and Madurawala S., (2011), ‘Liberalising Health Services under SAARC Agreement on Trade in Services (SATIS): Implications for South Asian Countries’, South Asia Centre for Policy Studies (SACEPS) Paper No. 24.

Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka and United Nations Development Programme, (UNDP) (2010), ‘Millennium Development Goals, Sri Lanka Country Report 2008/2009’, (IPS publication; ISBN 978-955-8708-62-0).

D. S. P. Madurawala, (2009), Labour Force Participation of Women in Child Bearing Ages, Sri Lanka Journal of Population Studies, Volume 11: 01-38, December

Presentations

‘Assessing the Sri Lankan Girls’ and Young Women’s Economic and Social Empowerment for Leadership’ Sunimalee Madurawala

At the Media Briefing on Sri Lankan Girls and Young Women’s Economic and Social Empowerment for Leadership

Organized by Plan International Sri Lanka and Ministry of Women and Child Affairs

10 October 2017

BMICH

‘From MDGs to SDGs: Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality within the SDG Framework’ at the Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality in National Policy Dialogue with Policy Makers organized by the Women and Media Collective on 8th November 2016

‘SDGs and Gender: the Sri Lankan Status’  at the workshop ‘Realizing Gender Goals in the SDGs: Role of the Media’ organized by UN Women on 31st October 2016, Colombo

‘Sri Lankan Labour Market ; Recent Trends’ at the Consultation Workshop on Sri Lanka Country and Employment Diagnostic Studies organized by the ADB on 19 August 2016, Colombo

Promoting Regional Economic Integration? Women Entrepreneurs’ Challenges and Opportunities: Evidence from South Asia- A Case of Sri Lanka

At International Association for  Feminist Economics, 24th IAFFE Annual Conference Berlin, Germany

July 16-18, 2015

‘Female Entrepreneurship and the Role of Business Development Services in Promoting Small and Medium Women Entrepreneurship in Sri Lanka’, 9th May 2014, IPS, Colombo, Sri Lanka

‘Products with Regional Trade Potential and Associated Non-tariff Barriers, with Special Focus on WMSMEs:  A Case of  Sri Lanka’  IPS 24th February 2015, IPS, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Gender Equality and Empowering Young Women in Sri Lanka

At the South Asian Regional Conference on Women, Work and Poverty

Islamabad, Pakistan

April 17 – 18,  2014

‘Occupational Health and Safety Policy for Sri Lanka’ – Steering Committee Meeting on Development of Occupational Health and Safety Policy for Sri Lanka at Ministry of Labour and Labour Relations on 4th September 2013 / Institute of Policy Studies 1st October 2013

‘Women in Value Chains: Female Participation in the Apparel Industry in Sri Lanka’ presented at the Conference “Value Chains for Inclusive Development Lessons and Policies for South Asia” 24-25 November 2012 at BRAC Center Inn, Dhaka, Bangladesh

‘Human Resource Development for Sustaining Growth’ at the IPS Annual National Conference, November 2012, IPS, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

‘Gender Perspective on Utilizing and Financing Health Care Services’ proposal presentation at the 2nd Regional Intensive Course on Gender & Macroeconomics, July 2011, National Women Education Centre, Saitama, Japan

‘Socio Economic Conditions of the Post Conflict Communities in Sri Lanka’ (with Asha Gunawardena, Roshini Jayaweera, Kanchana Wickramasinghe and Nethmini Perera), July 2011 at Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka

‘Sri Lanka National Health Accounts’, May, 2009 at the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka

‘Labour Force Participation by Women of Child Bearing Age’, Eleventh Annual Scientific Sessions of the Population Association of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka Foundation Institute, 21 February, 2009Colombo, Sri Lanka.

‘Provincial Public Health Expenditure-2004’, at Workshop on Provincial Health Accounts, organized by the Ministry of Healthcare and Nutrition, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 28 February, 2008.

“National Physical Policy Plan” (with Dilani Hirimuthugodage,) February, 2008 at the Institute of Policy Studies in Sri Lanka

‘The Private Health Care Sector of Sri Lanka: Is it a Case of Great Expectations?’ (with Praveeni Munasinghe,) September, 2007 at the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka

‘Human Resources for Development’ (with Priyanka Jayewardene ) May, 2007 at the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka

Commentary
Blogs

Blog for Talking Economics Madurawala, S. (2017), ‘The Dwindling Stitching Hands: Labour Shortage in the Apparel Sector in Sri Lanka

Blog for Talking Economics Madurawala, S. (2017), The Gendered Face of NCDs: Can Sri Lanka Beat the Odds?

Madurawala S., (2016), International Women’s Day 2016 – ‘Making a Better Place for Her: Gender Equality for Sustainable Development in Sri Lanka’, Talking Economics

Madurawala S., (2015), ‘Feeding the Nation, Facing the Risks: Occupational Safety & Health of Paddy Farmers in Sri Lanka’, October 12th 2015, Talking Economics

Madurawala S., (2014), ‘Better Business Development Services Can Help Sri Lanka’s Women Entrepreneurs Prosper’, August 1st 2014; Talking Economics

Madurawala S., (2013), ‘Dying to work? Why health and safety in workplace an important economic issue’, Daily Mirror, October 11; Talking Economics

Madurawala S., (2012), Talking Economics, ‘Gender Equality in Human Development: What’s Holding Sri Lanka Back?’, October 30, 2012

Madurawala S., (2011), ‘Climate Change and Human Health: Is Sri Lanka Ready to Face the Challenge?’, Daily Mirror, Wijeya Newspapers Ltd. Talking Economics, March 30, 2011

Madurawala S., (2010), Talking Economics, ‘Corruption Risks in the Provision of Pharmaceutical Drugs in Sri Lanka’, March 4, 2010,

Media

Media interview to the Global Press Journal on Labour shortage in the apparel sector in Sri Lanka. The story published in the Global Press Journal under the title of ‘Sri Lankan Garment Factories Boost Wages and Benefits as Labor Shortage Looms

Media interview with the ‘Ada’ Sinhala Newspaper on the study findings of ‘Women owned and led Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in Spice and Coir Sectors of Sri Lanka: Constraints and Policy Options