Lakmini Fernando is a Research Fellow at IPS with primary research interest in Development Economics, Public Finance and Climate Change. She has expertise in econometric data analysis, research design and causal methodologies.

Lakmini holds a BSc in Agriculture from the University of Peradeniya, a Master of Development Economics (Advanced) from the University of Queensland, Australia and a PhD in Economics from the University of Adelaide, Australia. She was awarded the Dean’s Honour Roll from the University of Queensland for Outstanding Academic Excellence in 2015 and the Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence from the University of Adelaide in 2021.

Advisory work

National Policy Coordinating Unit
Member of Committee (2022)
Department of National Planning, Ministry of Finance, Sri Lanka

External Undergraduate Supervisor (2022-2023)
Rajarata University of Sri Lanka

11th Undergraduate Student Research Competition
Panel Member 2022
Sri Lanka Agricultural Economics Association 2022

Selection Panel for the Australia Awards Scholarships
Local member 2021
Australia Awards

Intergovernmental Negotiations United Nations Agenda 2030 on Sustainable Development
Advisor 2015
Department of National Planning, Ministry of Finance, Sri Lanka

Research

Fernando, L. (2023). Public Investment for Closing the SDG Financing Gap: Sri Lankan Perspective, Colombo: Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka.

Anchoring the 2030 Agenda in National Development Strategies. Sri Lanka: State of the Economy 2022, Colombo: Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka.

Public Investment for Economic Revival. Public Investment Programme 2021-2024, Colombo: Department of National Planning.

Review on International Trade and Foreign Investment. Public Investment Program 2021-2024, Colombo: Department of National Planning.

Macroeconomic Performance and Perspectives. Public Investment Programme 2017-2020, Colombo: Department of National Planning.

Labour. Public Investment Programme 2017-2020, Colombo: Department of National Planning.

International Trade and Foreign Investment. Public Investment Programme 2017-2020, Colombo: Department of National Planning.

Presentations

Women’s access to decent work in Sri Lanka: addressing context-specific barriers

At the National Policy Conference on Women’s Access to Decent Work
Organised by Institute of Policy Studies
Colombo, Sri Lanka
31 October 2023

Workshop on the Microeconomics of Development in the Pacific

Organised by the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) and the Australian National University
Canberra, Australia
14–15 February 2023

Public Investment for Closing SDG Financing Gap in Sri Lanka

At the 10th International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD 2022)
Organised by the Global Master’s in Development Practice (MDP) and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)
Virtual
19-20 September 2022

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