Chathurga Karunanayake is a Research Assistant at IPS and a Council Member and the Secretary for Committee on Current Socioeconomic Issues and Economic Research of Sri Lanka Economic Association (SLEA). She holds a BA in Economics (Honors) from University of Colombo, where she authored a thesis on “Genesis of Decorative Consumption” and introduced the novel concept of “Decorative Consumption” to the jargon of Economics. She also holds a DipLCM from University of West London, UK. She is a Guest Lecturer on Consumer Behavior and Luxury Consumption Patterns.



Arunatilake, Nisha and Karunanayake, Chathurga (2019) ‘Future of Work in Sri Lanka’, in Sri Lanka: State of the Economy, (Ed.) Dushni Weerakoon, Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka, Colombo

Karunanayake, Chathurga and Gunaruwan, Lalithasiri (2019) ‘Exploring the Inter-play between the Decorative Consumption Dimensions: A Deep Dive into Conspicuousness and Snobbism through Cases of Wristwatches and Houses’, in International Journal of Business and Social Research, 9(5), 24. doi:g/10.18533/ijbsr.v9i5.1256

Karunanayake, Chathurga and Kannangara, Harsha (2019) ‘Socio-Demographic Stimuli behind Conspicuous Consumption in Sri Lanka: The Case of Luxury Automobiles,’ in Economic Empowerment: Challenges and Way Forward, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, Kuliyapitiya: Sri Lanka Forum of University Economists(SLFUE)


Presentation on ‘Socio-Demographic Stimuli Behind Conspicuous Consumption in Sri Lanka: The Case of Luxury Automobiles’

8th International Economic Research Conference of the Sri Lanka Forum of University Economists
Organized by Faculty of Business Studies and Finance, University of Wayamba
20 December 2019
University of Wayamba, Sri Lanka

Presentation on ‘Tobacco Cessation: Helping to Quit’

Lobby Group Workshop on Strengthening Tobacco Control Policies
Organized by IPS
06 November 2019
IPS, Colombo 07

Guest Lecture on ‘Conspicuous Consumption and Decorative Consumption’

Organized by the Department of Economics, University of Colombo
30 April 2019
University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

Guest Lecture on ‘Alternative Economic Thought, Non-utilitarian Consumption Behavior and How Buddhist Economics could be Utilised as a Remedy’

Organized by the Department of Economics, University of Colombo
26 March 2019
University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

Presentation on ‘Stimuli underscoring differences in Inter-Terminal Productivity Dimensions at the Colombo Port’
7th International Conference of Sri Lanka Forum of University Economists 2018
Organised by the University of Sabaragamuwa
20 December 2018

Presentation on ‘An Investigation on the Inter-terminal Productivity of the Port of Colombo: A Case Study through Vessel Records of a Shipping Line’
IconArts 2018 – The Annual Research Symposium of University of Colombo
Organized by Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo
08 November 2018

Discussant at the Round table discussion on ‘Towards an Asian Narrative on Tax Justice and Financial Transparency
Organized by Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability & Financial Transparency Coalition, India
29 – 30 October 2018
New Delhi, India

Presentation on ‘Genesis of Decorative Consumption’
IPS In House Seminar
19 July 2018