Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

University of Ruhuna

Sumanaratne, B.M. (Dr.)

Senior Lecturer

Department of Economics
Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
University of ruhuna
Matara 81000
Sri Lanka

Phone: +94 412220974 / +94 710381377

Email: bmsumana@econ.ruh.ac.lk


Dr B.M.Sumanaratne is a senior lecturer in economics, and head of the Department of Economics in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in the University of Ruhuna. Also he is a coordinator for MA Degree programme in Global Development and Planning between Agder University, Norway and University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka. He earned his B.A Economics four year special degree from Peradaniya University, Sri Lanka and Master Degree (MPhil.) from University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka and PhD from University of Sheffield in United Kingdom in the areas of Poverty and Public Policy Reform. He has served for academia over 25 years and engaged in many research. He has published several journal articles, and abstracts. He is also a reviewer board member of many international conference, PhD examiner for Universities. He has successfully supervised many postgraduate students. His current teaching and research interests include Public Finance, Managerial Economics, Micro, Macro, and Development Economics.


  • PhD (Sheffield)
  • MPhil (Ruhuna)
  • BA (Peradeniya)

Specialized Fields and Teaching Areas :

  • Development Economics and Poverty
  • Public Sector Economics
  • Microeconomics and econometrics

Research Areas:

  • Poverty
  • Public policy reform


Journal publications

  • Public Expenditure Reform and Rural Poverty in Sri Lanka, 2011, Sri Lanka Journal of Advanced Social Studies, Vol.1 No.1, 101-144.

  • Poverty Reduction and Minimizing Inequalities in  Income Distribution and regional Disparities, 2011, Economic Review, People’s Bank, Vol. 36, No. 9&10.

  • The Effects of Infrastructure Development on Economic Growth and Poverty in Sri Lanka, Economic Review, 2012, People’s Bank Vol. 37, No. 9&10.

  • Foreign Direct Investment in Sri Lanka, 2008, Journal of Economic Studies, Department of Economics, University of Ruhuna.

Conference publications

  • Profitability of Rice production: with special Reference to North Central Province in Sri Lanka, 4th International Conference of the Sri Lanka Forum of University Economists-2015, Univrsity of Sri Jayawardanapura,

  • Is there a long-Run relationship Between Exports and Imports? Evidence from Sri Lanka (1977-2014), 4th International Conference of the Sri Lanka Forum of University Economists-2015, Univrsity of Sri Jayawardanapura.

  • Macroeconomic Policies and Their Impact on Poverty and  Income Distribution In Sri Lanka”, Paper Presented at Leonard Woolf Memorial International conference, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka, 2004.

Book chapters

  • The people’s perception on Socio-Economic peace building in post conflict Sri Lanka- A case study of Thankavelayuthapuram , Thirukkovil Division- Ampara, (2016), Paper submitted for NORHED project. University of Ruhuna.

  • Public Policy Reform and Rural Agricultural Sector in Sri Lanka, 2010, The Felicitation Volume for Professor SirimalRanawella, Department of History and Archaeology, University of Ruhuna.

  • Translation, (2004), A.K.Sen, Poverty and famines: Concepts of poverty,  Samajavidya , center for policy alternative, Colombo.

  • Literature of Hambantota Integrated Rural Development programme: development Institute of the University of Colombo, 2002.

Invited keynote talks and seminar presentations

  • Presentation, Workshop on ‘Education for Development planning in Regional and Community Develoment’ Third Workshop at the University of Ruhuna, February 2001