Manisha is a Research Assistant working on migration and urbanisation policy research at IPS. She holds a BA in Economics with First Class honours from the University of Peradeniya. She was also awarded the University Prize for Academic Excellence for 2018/2019. Prior to joining the IPS, she worked as a Junior Lecturer at the Department of Economics and Statistics, University of Peradeniya. Her research interests include macroeconomic policy and structural reforms, labour markets, women and the workforce, urbanisation, poverty and inequality, and social protection.

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