Dilani is an Economist by training, with research interests in agricultural economics, agricultural value chains, food security, Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) and innovations.

She holds a BA in Economics with a Second Class (Upper) and Masters in Economics (Distinction Pass) from the University of Colombo. In addition she is a part qualified candidate of CIMA-UK

Research

Role of Intellectual Property Rights in Promoting Ecotourism in Sri Lanka, External Economic Review (no. 87/2016),Foreign Trade University Vietnam, 2016

Hirimuthugodage, D. and P.A. Samaratunga (2016), “Intellectual Property Rights in Protecting New Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Traditional Knowledge: the Case of Rice in Sri Lanka, Working papers series: No: 24, Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Hirimuthugodage, D. (2015) “Floriculture: A Blooming Industry in Sri Lanka”, Sri Lanka Exporter Magazine, July/September 2015.

Hirimuthugodage, D. (2014), “Changing Lifestyles in Asia: Food Habits and Health Risks”, Sri Lanka State of the Economy (SOE) Report, Institute of Policy Studies, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Hirimuhugodage, D (2014), ” Intellectual Property Rights in Protecting New Plant Varieties: The Case of Seed Paddy in Sri Lanka, Abstracts, International Conference of Agricultural Sciences, University of Sabaragamuwa.

Hirimuthugodage, D. (2014), “Improving Market Affordability and Accessibility of Milk and Milk Products in Sri Lanka”, Abstracts, 8th Annual Research Forum, Sri Lanka Agricultural Economic Association.

Hirimuthugodage, D.(2013), “Future Challenges of Changing Food Demand and Consumption Patterns”, Sri Lanka State of the Economy (SOE) Report, Institute of Policy Studies, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Hirimuthugodage,D. (2012), “Chapter on Optimizing Natural Resources and Agriculture”, Sri Lanka State of the Economy (SOE) Report, Institute of Policy Studies, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Hirimuthugodage,D. (2011), “Strategic Remedies for Rising Food Prices”, Sri Lanka State of the Economy (SOE) Report, Institute of Policy Studies, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Hirimuthugodage, D. (2011) “TRIPs Agreement and the Agriculture in South Asia: A Sri Lankan Perspective” South Asian Economic Journal,Vol.12,No.2,p 287-305.

Hirimuthugodage,D. (2010), “Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs) Agreement and the Agriculture Sector in Sri Lanka”, Abstracts, Fourth Annual Research Forum, Sri Lanka Agricultural Economic Association, Peradeniya.

Hirimuthugodage,D. (2008), “SAARC Food Bank : Dealing with Food Insecurity During Crises”, Sri Lanka State of the Economy (SOE) Report, Institute of Policy Studies, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Knight-John, M. and D. Hirimuthugodage (2007), “Understanding the conditions for change in state-owned enterprises : A political economy perspective on reforms in selected entities in the energy and transportation sector”, Sri Lanka State of the Economy (SOE) Report, Institute of Policy Studies, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Hirimuthugodage, D. (2006) “Local Loop Unbundling in Sri Lanka: Issues and Challenges”, Telecom Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka, available at: http://www.trc.gov.lk/pdf/TRC_research-r 2006-07.

Presentations

Hirimuthugodage,D.(2016) “Dynamics of Food Security and Future Challenges” at LQA series at Bandaranaike Center for International Studies,19th October 2016

Hirimuthugodage,D.(2016) “Improving Market Availability and Accessibility in Dairy and Fisheries Markets in Sri Lanka” at Results Sharing & Consultation Workshop on Food Security, Supply and Price Behaviour in Rice, Fisheries and Dairy Products, Organized by the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS) and The National Science Foundation (NSF) at Club Palm Bay Hotel, Marawila, 03rd – 04th November 2016

Hirimuthugodage,D.(2016) “ Agri- food Value Chains in Sri Lanka” at National Workshop on Food Security in Sri Lanka, Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka, 4 April 2016.

Hirimuthugodage,D.(2014) “Improving Market Affordability and Accessibility of Milk and Milk Products in Sri Lanka”, at the 8th Annual Research Forum, Sri Lanka Agricultural Economic Association, 12-13 December, 2014.

Hirimuthugodage,D.(2014) “The Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs) Agreement and the Agriculture in South Asia: A Sri Lankan Perspective” (selected) at the Asia Pacific Economic Association, Bangkok, Thailand, 9-10th July 2014.

Hirimuthugodage,D.(2014) “Intellectual Property Rights in Protecting New Plant Varieties – The Case of Seed Paddy in Sri Lanka” at the International Conference of Agricultural Sciences 2014, at the Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, 10th January 2014.

Hirimuthugodage,D.(2012), Protecting New Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Traditional Knowledge in Sri Lanka, at the International Symposium on Agriculture & Environment, at the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna, 29th  November, 2012.

Wijesingha,A. and D. Hirimuthugodage (2012), Promoting Regional Value Chains in Tea in South Asia: Case of Sri Lankan Tea Sector at a conference on Strategic Partnership for Policy Development and Action to Foster Regional Cooperation in South Asia, Organized by ADB and Pathfinders, Colombo,10th, August,2011.

Hirimuthugodage,D.(2010) The Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs) Agreement and the Agriculture Sector in Sri Lanka at the Agricultural Economic Research Forum, University of Peradeniya, 17th December, 2010.

Hirimuthugodage,D.(2008) Telecom regulatory and policy environment in Sri Lanka: Results and analysis of the 2008 survey (skype conference with the regional countries) at the Lirneaisa, 29th August, 2008.

Hirimuthugodage,D.(2008) Issues and constraints in TRE survey and indicators – TRE planning meeting at Hotel Dolphin, 10th May, 2008.

Hirimuthugodage,D.(2008) Principle issues and the constraints in the energy and transportation sectors, at Hotel Taj Samudra, 12th February, 2008.

Hirimuthugodage,D.(2007) Local Loop Unbundling in Sri Lanka: Issues and Challenges, Telecom Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka, 27th May, 2007.

Commentary
Blogs

Hirimuthugodage,D.(2016), “Intellectual Property Rights as a Tool for Enhancing Ecotourism in Sri Lanka”, Talking Economics ,

Hirimuthugodage,D.(2015),”Reaching Greater Heights in Innovations : A Sri Lankan Perspectives” The Island, Sunday Observer, Daily Mirror and The Nations, Talking Economics, available at :

 

Media

Labor shortage hits Sri Lanka’s cinnamon industry, Nikkei Asian Review, 21 June 2017

Member of a Project Consultation Procurement Committee of Information Communication Technology Agency (ICTA)

Rukshana Rezwies Article on “ Farmers Say No” on Sunday Observer (13/03/2016)

Panellist at the Session on “Science Technology & IPR” at the 7th South Asia Economic Summit, New Delhi.

“Guarding What is Ours”, Blog Article, Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka, available at: