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Prof. Wasantha Rathnayake

Professor

warath1@gmail.com

Qualifications

 

1. Educational Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Environmental Economics -2013, University of Sri Jayewardenapura, Sri Lanka
  • M.Sc in Forestry & Environmental Management-2002, University of Sri Jayewardenapura, Sri Lanka
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Wildlife Management - 1997/98, Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, India
  • B.Sc. Special Degree in Botany with Second Class (Lower Division) Honours-1994, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka
  • Diploma in Mass Communication with First Class, Sri Lanka Media Foundation, Colombo- 1990/1991
  • Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education - 2012, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • ​​​​​​SEDA (Staff and Educational Development Association) certificate on Learning, Teaching and Assessing (Aligned with Descriptor 2 of the UK Professional Standards Framework) Certificate

 

2. Professional Qualifications

Followed Courses and Certificates obtained as Professional Qualifications

  1. Completed the short course on ‘Valuing and Designing Payment Systems for Ecosystem Services’ held June 21-22, 2016 at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zürich, Switzerland, organized by The Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics
  2. Completed the Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education of the Staff Development Centre, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2012
  3. Obtained the SEDA (Staff and Educational Development Association) certificate on Learning, Teaching, and Assessing (Aligned with Descriptor 2 of the UK Professional Standards Framework)
  4. Certificate in Research Methods, organized by the South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE) from 14th-24th January 2013, in Nepal
  5. Certificate in Policy Analyses in Environmental Economics, organized by the South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE) from 22nd -24th in AIT, Thailand, in Nepal
  6. Certificate on Econometrics for Environmental Economics: Theory and Applications organized by the South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE) from 8th-18th January 2012, in Nepal
  7. Attended Biannual Research and Training Workshops organized by the South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE) : December 2010, June and December 2011, and June and December 2012
  8. Completed a Training Course on Environmental and Natural Resources Economics organized by the South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE) from 3rd to 20th May 2010 in AIT Conference Centre, Pathumthani, Thailand
  9. Completed a Training Course on Project Proposal Writing in Environmental Economics and Policy jointly organized by the South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE) and Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS) from 30th March to 2nd April 2010 in Kalutara, Sri Lanka.
  10. Completed a training programme in Environmental Impact Assessment (14th Intensive Training Workshop), organized by the Central Environmental Authority of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources in association with Centre for Environmental Studies, University of Peradeniya- 30th January to 08th February 2003
  11. Completed a training programme in Environmental Impact Assessment organized by the Central Environmental Authority of the Ministry of Forestry and Environment and conducted jointly with the Centre for Environmental Studies, University of Peradeniya- 30th March to 01st April 2001 (Mini EIA Workshop)
  12. Completed a certificate course on Landscape Functions and People: Applying Strategic Planning Approaches for Good Natural Resource Governance Course conducted by RECOFTC, Thailand- 2008
  13. Completed a MTCP Training Course on Strategies for Policy Formulation for Pro-PoorTourism: Leveraging Tourism for Poverty Alleviation held from 19th-30th October 2009, KDU College, Malaysia
  14. Completed a certificate course on Introduction to ArcGIS I & II, organized by ESRI & EMSO Ltd. Sri Lanka-2004
  15. Certificate in Youth Works, Sri Lanka Youth Council- 1989
  16. Completed a training programme in Disciplinary Procedure conducted by Sri Lanka Institute of Development Administration- 20th February to 24th February 2003
  17. Completed a training programme in Law and Court Procedure organized by the Department of Wildlife Conservation and Environmental Foundation Limited in association with IUCN- 09th December to 10th December 2000.
  18. Completed a training course in Global Positioning System conducted by Health Ministry- August 1999
  19. Completed a two-week training programme in Management Principles and General Office Management Systems at Sri Lanka Institute of Development Administration- 1997
  20. Completed a training programme in Computer Literacy conducted by University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka- 1995

 

 


Profile

R. M. Wasantha Rathnayake, PhD is a Professor in Environmental Management attached to the Department of Tourism Management, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka. He was the former Head of the Department of Tourism Management and the Dean of the Faculty of Management Studies, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka. Before joining the university system he was the Deputy Director (Protected Area Development and Management) of Department of Wildlife Conservation. Besides, his academic career Prof. Wasantha Rathnayake contributes to the national development as a consultant- Environmentalist, Environmental Economist, Wildlife Expert, Ecologist and Eco-tourism Planner based on his knowledge, exposure and more than 20 years experience in natural resources management.


Membership of Professional Bodies/Associations

1. Member/Research Associate of South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE)

2. Life Member of Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science, Colombo, Sri Lanka

3. Steering committee member of National Green Accounting Committee


Research Interests

· Environmental Economics

· Plant Ecology

· Wildlife Management

· Marine and Coastal Resources Management

· Protected Area Planning

· Park and Recreational Management

 


Current Research Projects

1. Estimating a ‘tax’ for Elephant Conservation in Sri Lanka

2. Estimating the Willingness to pay for mobile calling and internet packages

3. Estimating the recreational demand for Diyatha Uyana, Battaramulla

4. Estimating the demand for traditional rice varieties in Sri Lanka

5. Exploring the demand for an alternative shopping bag

6. Estimating the recreational value of Moon Plains, Sri Lanka

7. Estimating a new entrance fee to Elephant Transit Home at Udawalawe


Recent Publications

 

Research and Publications

1. Working Papers- Published in the field of Environmental Economics

R. M. W. Rathnayake (2015). Estimating Demand for Turtle Conservation at Rekawa Sanctuary in Sri Lanka.Working Paper No. 92-15. South Asian Network for the Development and Environmental Economics, Kathmandu, Nepal

 

2. Policy Briefs- Published in the field of Environmental Economics

R. M. W. Rathnayake (2015). Visitor entrance fees can pay for marine turtle conservation at the Rekawa sanctuary in Sri Lanka. Policy Brief 89-15, June 2015. South Asian Network for the Development and Environmental Economics, Kathmandu, Nepal

 

3. Book Chapters- Published in the field of Environmental Economics

R. M. W. Rathnayake & Gunawardena, U. A. D. P. (2015).Estimation of Welfare Benefits for Recreational Planning: A case study in Kawdulla National Park in Sri Lanka. In M. Aslam, J. M. Cooper, N. Othman & A. A. Lew (Eds.), Tourism in the Global South (pp 2-27). UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Rathnayake, R. M. W. (2016). Economic Valuation of Wildlife Tourism (‘Contingent Valuation Method’ Approach) in Wilderness of Wildlife Tourism, Apple Academic Press, USA

 

4. Full Papers

Published in the field of Environmental Economics- Indexed in Science Citation Index/Social Science Citation Index/Scopus/Thompson and Reuters

Rathnayake, R. M. W. (2016). Vehicle crowding vs. consumer surplus: A case study at Wasgomuwa National Park in Sri Lanka applying HTCM approach. Tourism Management Perspectives, 20 (2016), 30–37.

Rathnayake, R. M. W. (2016). Economic values for recreational planning at Horton Plains National Park, Sri Lanka. Tourism Geographies, DOI: 10.1080/14616688.2015.1136350

Rathnayake, R. M. W. (2016). Pricing the enjoyment of ‘elephant watching’ at the Minneriya NationalPark in Sri Lanka: An analysis using CVM, Tourism Management Perspectives, 18 (2016), 26–33.

Rathnayake, R. M. W. (2015). ‘Turtle watching’: A strategy for endangered marine turtle conservation through community participation in Sri Lanka. Ocean & Coastal Management, 119 (2016): 199-207.

Rathnayake, R. M. W. (2015). How does ‘crowding’affect visitor satisfaction at the Horton Plains National Park in Sri Lanka?. Tourism Management Perspectives, 16, 129-138.

Rathnayake, R. M. W. (2015). Willingness to pay for a novel visitor experience: ecotourism planning at Kawdulla National Park in Sri Lanka. Tourism Planning & Development, 1-15. DOI:10.1080/21568316.2015.1074095

Rathnayake, R. M. W. (2015). Estimation of the welfare benefit of boating at Maduganga\ Ramsar wetland in Sri Lanka. Tourism Economics.21(4), 917-926 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5367/te.2014.0382

 

Published in the field of Environmental Economics- In Refereed Journals

Rathnayake, R. M. W. & Ranasinghe, K. L. K. R. (2015). Assessing the Pricing Policy at Elephant Transit Home in Sri Lanka: A Travel Cost Method Approach, Wildlanka 3(3), 169-183.

Rathnayake, W. (2015). "Should ‘Paraviwella Beach’ in Sri Lanka be Preserved for ‘Sea Bathing’?”: A ZTCM Approach. Sabaragamuwa University Journal, 14 (2), 86-100. DOI : http://dx.doi.org/10.4038/suslj.v14i2.7697

Rathnayake, R. M. W. & Gunawardena, U. A. D. P., (2013). Enjoying Elephant Watching: A Study on Social Carrying Capacity of Kawdulla National Park in Sri Lanka. Sabaragamuwa University Journal, 12 (1), 23-39

Rathnayake, R. M. W. & Gunawardena, U. A. D. P. (2011). Estimation of Recreational Value of Horton Plains National Park in Sri Lanka: A Decision Making for Natural Resources Management. Journal of Tropical Forestry of Environment, 01(01), 71-86.

Rathnayake, R. M. W. & Gunawardena, U. A. D. P. (2009). Recreational Value of Kaudulla National Park in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka. Journal of Real Estate, 1-21

Rathnayake, R. M. W. (2015). Recreational Planning: Estimation of Visitor Satisfaction at Kawdulla National Park in Sri Lanka, WILDLANKA3 (1), 38-48

 

Published in the field of Environmental Economics- In Conference Proceedings

Rathnayake, W. (2016).Creating a ‘Turtle Watching’ Niche Market for Turtle Conservation in Sri Lanka.Conference Proceedings of RSU International Research Conference 2016 held in Pathumthani, Thailand, 29 April 2016. 200-209.

Rathnayake, R. M. W. (2015). Economic Values for Recreational Planning: A Case Study of Horton Plains National Park in Sri Lanka. Conference Proceedings of Tropical Tourism Outlook Conference held in Lombok, Indonesia, 29-31 July 2015. 503-525

Rathnayake, R. M. W. (2015). Demand for Saving Turtles at Rekawa Sanctuary, Conference Proceedings of 4th International Conference of the Sri Lanka Form of University Economists Conference held in Colombo Sri Lanka, 20-21 November 2015. 75-81

Lakmali, J.A.S. & Rathnayake, R. M. W. (2014). How Much is the Recreational Value of Rawana Ella Waterfall in Sri Lanka? Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Business and Information (ICBI 2014). Faculty of Commerce and Management Studies, University of Kelaniya, 123-137.

Ranasinghe, R. L. K. R. & Rathnayake, R. M. W. (2014). How much is the recreational value of Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home in Sri Lanka?. Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Business and Information (ICBI 2014), Faculty of Management Studies, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, 138-152.

 

Papers published in the field of Plant Ecology/Biodiversity Conservation/Wildlife Management

Rathnayake, R. M. W. (2016). Floristic composition of sandy shore vegetation at Uswetakeiyawa in Sri Lanka. Journal of Coastal Conservation, 20(4), 327-334. (Indexed in Scopus)

Rathnayake, R. M. W. (2015).Legislative Issues in Ecotourism Development in National Parks in Sri Lanka. WILDLANKA, 3 (2), 83-94.

Rathnayake, R. M. W. (1999). Undergrowth vegetation in dry mixed evergreen forest. Sri Lanka Forester, XXV (1 & 2),37-49.

Rathnayake, R. M. W. (2006). Structural Characteristics and Floristic Composition of Hakgala Strict Nature Reserve at 1800 m. WILDLANKA, 1, 115-125.

Rathnayake, R. M. W. (2014). Estimating Ecotourism Potential at Horton Plains and Kawdulla National Parks in Sri Lanka. Journal of the Department of Wildlife Conservation (WILDLANKA), 2014-2, 15-28

Rathnayake, R. M. W. & Gunawardena, U. A. D. P. (2012). Visitor Characteristics and Perceptions: Case of Horton Plains National Park in Sri Lanka. Kelaniya Journal of Management, 1(1) January-June, 81-100.

Rathnayake, R. M. W. & Jayasekera, L. R. (1998). Threatened Endemic Vegetation in the Upper Montane Rain Forest in Hakgala Strict Nature Reserve. Sri Lanka Forester, XXIII (1&2), 18-22.

Rathnayake, R. M. W., Jayasekera, L. R. & Solangaarachchi, S. M. (1996). A quantitative study of overstorey vegetation of an upper montane rain forest. Sri Lanka Forester, XXII (3/), 43-49.

Rathnayake, R. M. W., Solangaarachchi, S. M. & Jayasekera, L. R. (1996). A quantitative study of pygmy forest vegetation of Hakgala Strict Nature Reserve (2000m elevation). Proceedings of the 2nd Annual Forestry Symposium. University of Sri Jayewardenapura, Colombo, Sri Lanka. 215-222

 

Abstracts Presented

Environmental Economics

Rathnayake, R. M. W. (2017). A 'CVM' Approach to Recreational Planning: A Case Study at Wasgomuwa National Park in Sri Lanka. Conference proceedings of the 2nd South Manila Educational Consortium (SMEC) Research Congress and the 3rd International Forum on Innovative Collaborative Learning. Manila, Philliphines. 23-24 February 2017.

Rathnayake, R. M. W. & Bandara, T. M. T. L. (2017). Estimating the Consumer Surplus of Enjoying the Visitor Facilities at Beddagana Wetland Park in Sri Lanka. The 2nd Interdisciplinary Conference of Management Researchers, Faculty of Mangement Studies, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, BelihulOya, Sri Lanka. 19-21 October 2017.

Rathnayake, R. M. W. & Madhushani, D. C. K. (2017). Estimating a Conservation Tax for Elephant Conservation: A Case of Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Sri Lanka. The second Interdisciplinary Conference of Management Researchers, Faculty of Mangement Studies, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, BelihulOya, Sri Lanka. 19-21 October 2017.

Rathnayake, R. M. W. & Dharshani, K. M. R. (2017). Estimating the Demand for Coral Conservation at Hikkaduwa National Park in Sri Lanka. The second Interdisciplinary Conference of Management Researchers, Faculty of Mangement Studies, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, BelihulOya, Sri Lanka. 19-21 October 2017.

Shiromi, N.W.V.A. & Rathnayake (2016). Exploring the Consumer Surplus and Demand for a Novel Visitor Experience at Kanneliya Forest Reserve in Sri Lanka. Proceedings of the 1st Intradisciplinary Conference of Management Researchers. Faculty of Management Studies, Sabaragmuawa University of Sri Lanka., BelihulOya, Sri Lanka. 10-12 August 2016.

Rathnayake, R. M. W. (2015). Demand for Saving Turtles at Rekawa Sanctuary in Sri Lanka. Conference Proceedings of Sri Lanka Economic Research Conference (2015), Colombo, Sri Lanka. 20-21 November 2015

Rathnayake, R. M. W. (2015). Economic Values for Recreational Planning: A Case Study of Horton Plains National Park in Sri Lanka. Conference Proceedings of Tropical Tourism Outlook Conference held in Lombok, Indonesia, 29-31 July 2015. 28 p.

Rathnayake, W. (2014). 'Turtle Watching' at Rekawa Sanctuary in Sri Lanka: How much is the Sri Lankans' WTP for Saving Turtles. The 5th World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists from 26th June to 2nd July 2014, Istanbul, Turkey.

Rathnayake, R. M. W. & Gunawardena, U. A. D. P. (2014).Estimation of Welfare Benefits for Recreational Planning: A case study in Kawdulla National Park in Sri Lanka. Conference Proceedings of the 7th Tourism Outlook Conference and the 3rd Tropical Coastal and Island Tourism Conference held on 08th to 10th August 2014, Heritance Kandalama, Dambulla, Sri Lanka.

Ratnayake, R. M. W. & Gunawardena, U. A. D. P. (2009). A Values-based Approach for Managing Recreation and Visitor Services in Horton Plains and Kawdulla National Parks. Proceedings of the 14th International Forestry and Environment Symposium, University of Sri Jayewardenapura, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Rathnayake, R. M. W. & Gunawardena, U. (2002) Estimation of recreational value of the Wasgamuwa National Park. Proceedings of International Conference on relating the environment to regional development organized by USJ/SIDA/SAREC Research Co-operation Project and Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 16-18.

 

Biodiversity Conservation/Wildlife Management/Tourism Management/Plant Ecology

Rathnayake, R. M. W. & Gunawardena, U. A. D. P. (2011). Visitor Characteristics for tourism management at Horton Plains National Park in Sri Lanka. Proceedings of the International Conference on "Modern Trends in Innovative Management". Faculty of Manageemnt Studies, Rajarata University of Sri Lanka.

Richardson, P. B., Broderick, A. C., Coyne, M.S., Ekanayake, E. M. I., Kapurusinghe, T., Premakumara, C., Rathnayake, W., Saman, M. M., Witt, M. J. & Godley, B. J. (2010). Sea turtle tracking suggests size-related differences in behaviour and range of female green turtles nesting at Rekawa wildlife sanctuary Sri Lanka. Proceedings of the 30th International annual symposium on sea turtle biology and conservation. Goa, India. 

Rathnayake, R. M. W. & Gunawardena, U. A. D. P. (2010). A study of generic legislative issues of ecotourism development in national parks in Sri Lanka. Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Sri Lanka Studies. Open University of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka: The Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka.

Rathnayake, R. M. W. (2010). Collaboration beyond the legislation: A strategy for turtle conservation in Sri Lanka. Proceedings of the 30th International annual symposium on sea turtle biology and conservation, Goa, India.

Rathnayake, R. M. W. & Gunawardena, U. A. D. P. (2008). Social carrying capacity of Horton Plains National Park, Sri Lanka. Proceedings of the 13th International Forestry and Environment Symposium Tangerine Hotel, Kalutara, Sri Lanka: Department of Forestry and Environmental Science, Unversity of Sri Jayewardenapura, Sri Lanka.

Rathnayake, R. M. W. & Gunawardena, U. A. D. P. (2007). Establishing visitor impact monitoring programme for Horton Plains National Park. Proceedings of the Twelfth International Forestry and Environment Symposium. Tangerine Beach Hotel, Kalutara, Sri Lanka: Department of Forestry and Environmental Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenapura, Sri Lanka.

Rathnayake, W. (2006). The Ecotourism Policy of the Department of Wildlife Conservation. Proceedings of the Symposium on Ecotourism in Sri Lanka: Challenges and Opportunities, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Rathnayake, W. (2005). Invasive species management: An adaptive Management Based Approach to Managing Wildlife Habitats in National Parks of Sri Lanka. Interactive Seminar/Workshop on Eradication of Invasive Species in Protected Areas managed by The Department of Wildlife Conservation, 2005 Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Rathnayake, R. M. W. (2005). An adaptive management approach to control the spread of invasive alien species in Bundala National Park, A Ramsar Wetland in Sri Lanka. Proceedings of the 10th Annual Forestry Symposium, University of Sri Jayewardenapura, Sri Lanka. 20p

Rathnayake, R. M. W.. (2002). Law Enforcement of Turtle Conservation in Sri Lanka. Proceedings of National Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology, Conservation & Management, Sri Lanka, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Rathanayake, R. M. W. (2002) Initiatives between private and public sector, A seminar on Ecotourism, Sri Lanka Tourist Board, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Rathnayake, R. M. W., Solangaarachchi, S. M. & Jayasekera, L. R. (1996). A quantitative study of pygmy forest vegetation of Hakgala Strict Nature Reserve (2000-m elevation). Proceedings of the 2nd  Annual Forestry Symposium, 1996, Kalutara, Sri Lanka. 32.

Rathnayake, R. M. W., Jayasekera, L. R. & Solangaarachchi, S. M. (1996). Quantitative analysis of overstorey vegetation of Hakgala Strict Nature Reserve at two elevations. Proceedings of the 52nd Annual Session of Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science, Colombo, Sri Lanka. 119.

Rathnayake, R. M. W. & Solangaarachchi, S. M. (1996). Biodiversity of sandy shore vegetation at Palliyawatte (Hendala) in the Western Province of Sri Lanka. Proceedings of the Regional Workshop on Research for the Management of Coastal Resources in the Tropics, Colombo, Sri Lanka. 17p.

Rathnayake, R. M. W., Jayasekera, L.R. & Solangaarachchi, S. M. (1996). Morphological diversity of overstorey vegetation of Hakgala Strict Nature Reserve at two elevations. Proceedings of the 52nd Annual Session of Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science, Colombo, Sri Lanka. 118-119.

Rathnayake, R. M. W. & Solangaarachchi, S. M. (1995). Succession of the sandy shore vegetation at Pinwatte in the Western Province of Sri Lanka. Proceedings of the 16th Annual Workshop of the Institute of Biology,  Colombo, Sri Lanka, 10p

Rathnayake, R. M. W. & Solangaarachchi, S. M. (1995). Floristic composition of sandy shore vegetation at four selected sites in the Western Province of Sri Lanka. Proceedings of the 51st Annual Session of Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science, Colombo, Sri Lanka. 251-253

 

Magazine Articles/Newsletter Articles

Rathnayake, W. (2014). The Role of Visitor Services and Ecotourism in National Parks. Wildlife, Vol. 10 (1):152-156

Rathnayake, W. (2012). From Yellowstone to Horowpathana. Wildlife, Vol. 8 (1):3-6

Rathnayake, W. (2004). Sustainable Utilization, Ecotourism and Wildlife Conservation. Wildlife, Vol. 2:10-11

Rathnayake, W. (2010). War is over-Time for Wildlife Conservation. Wildlife, Vol. 06:4-6

Rathnayake, W. (2009). War is over-Time for Wildlife Conservation. Wildlife, Vol. 05:-32-36

Rathnayake, W. (2003). Biodiversity, Wildlife Conservation and Sustainable Utilization of Wildlife Resources. Wildlife, Vol. 01:-10-11

Rathnayake, W. (2008). History of Wildlife Conservation in Sri Lanka. Biodiversity, Wildlife Conservation and Sustainable Utilization of Wildlife Resources. Haritha Lowa,, Vol. 06:-25-26

 

Several Newspaper Feature Articles on Wildlife Conservation/Management

Books and Leaflets

  • A Guide to National Parks of Sri Lanka-2001, designed and prepared for Department of Sri Lanka
  • Leaflets, brochures, greeting cards, bags, and posters designed and prepared for Department of Wildlife Conservation
  • Park Ethics
  • Obata Vadanak
  • Fees for Circuit Bungalow Reservation
  • Spend a Day with Wildlife
  • Guide map of Wasgamuwa National Park
  • Guide map of Ruhunu National Park

Awards

  1. Obtained the SEDA (Staff and Educational Development Association) certificate on Learning, Teaching and Assessing (Aligned with Descriptor 2 of the UK Professional Standards Framework) Certificate as a Professional Lecturer
  2. Obtained the Best Paper Runner-Up Award at the Tropical Tourism Outlook Conference held in Lombok, Indonesia, 29-31 July 2015
  3. Obtained a South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE) Research Grant Award - 2011