Athula Senaratne is currently a Research Fellow and Head of Environmental Economic Policy research at the IPS. Prior to joining the IPS in 2006, he has gathered considerable experience on the management of environmental resources and economic policy in Sri Lanka serving in the government sector as a Research Officer of the Department of Agriculture, as an Agricultural Economist at the Land Use Policy Planning Division, as an Aquaculture Economist at the National Aquaculture Development Authority of Sri Lanka and as the Director- Competition Promotion of the Consumers Affairs Authority of Sri Lanka.
Athula Senaratne has researched and published in areas such as sustainable agricultural systems, supply and demand analysis of fish, economic utilization of non timber forest products (NTFP), deforestation and land use planning and institutional analysis of community-based aquaculture. He has also received training locally and abroad including an advanced course in Environmental Economics at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. His major current research interests are climate change economics, economics of rural institutions and environment and macro economic policy. He jointly authored the Sinhala language text book on Natural Resource and Environmental Economics which is being used at undergraduate level teaching in Environmental Economics at universities in Sri Lanka.
Government of Sri Lanka
- Working Group on National Standard for Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certification
Sri Lanka Standard Institute (SLSI) for developing a National Standard for Forests Certification
- “Transaction Costs and Institutional Innovation: Sustainability of Tank Aquaculture in Sri Lanka” (with K.Karunanayake), SANDEE Working Paper 18-06, South Asian Network of Development of Environmental Economics (SANDEE), Kathmandu, Nepal, 2007.
- “Disaggregated Projections on Fish Supply, Demand and Trade for Developing Asia: Preliminary Results from the Asiafish Model” (with M.M. Dey et al), Proceedings of the Twelfth Biennial Conference of the International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade, 21-30 July, 2004, Tokyo, International Institute for Fisheries Economics and Trade , Tokyo, Japan, 2004.
- “Changing Role of Non Timber Forest Products (NTFP) in Household Economy of Peripheral Villages: The Case of Sinharaja World Heritage in Sri Lanka” (with P. Abeygunawardena and M.W.A.P. Jayatilake), Environmental Management, Vol. 32, No. 5, 2003.
- “Three Decades of Sustainable Agricultural Systems (SAS) in Sri Lanka: A Review of Institutional and Policy Issues”, Journal of Sustainable Agriculture, Vol. 21, No.3, 2003.
- “Swabhawika Sampath saha Parisara Arthika Vidyava” (in Sinhala), Natural Resource and Environmental Economics) (with Piyasena Abeygunawardena), Colombo, 2002.
“Strategies and Options for Increasing and Sustaining Fisheries and Aquaculture Production to Benefit Poor Householders in Asia” (with J.A.D.B. Jayasooriya, et al) prepared for World Fish Centre, Penang, Malaysia,and funded by ADB, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2005.
- “An Analysis of Fish Supply and Demand Situation in Sri Lanka” (with J.A.D.B. Jayasooriya, S. et al) prepared for World Fish Centre, Penang, Malaysia and funded by ADB, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2004.
- “Projecting Fish Supply and Demand to 2020: The Case of Sri Lanka” (with J.A.D.B. Jayasooriya, Sumana Ediriweera et al) prepared for World Fish Centre, Penang, Malaysia and funded by ADB, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2004.
- Competition in Rice and Paddy Markets in Sri Lanka: A Structure-Conduct-Performance Analysis
First Annual Research Forum organized by the Sri Lanka Agriculture Economics Association
Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
21 September, 2007
- Achieving Development and Conserving Environment: Sri Lanka’s Challenge in the 21st Century – Economic Dimension
“National Seminar to Develop a Country Paper for 17th Biennial General Conference of the Association of Social Science Research Councils (AASSREC)” organized by the National Science Foundation
Colombo, Sri Lanka
20 July, 2007