Ms. Achinthya Koswatta


B.A. Hons Economics (Peradeniya) SL ,  M.Econ (Colombo) SL.

Social Studies
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Colombo Regional Center, 1st Floor (Building No 14), Department of Social Studies, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Office: +94 (0) 112881034, Ext: 534



With the upbringing and exposure I was blessed with my first degree and my masters research degree,  I have always had the interest to find why poor countries often stay poor and how these countries can catch up with the ladder of economic growth and development. Previous research on this focus has turned up a long list of factors, such as; technology, government policies, productivity, innovation, preferences, institutions and etc., which have had a direct influence on my research interests. Thus, my ongoing doctoral study aims to extend this debate to address more complex contexts for bringing sustainability into the developing world. In parallel, I am keen to explore the power of the tourism industry and its complex functions on the health of the domestic economy within, and outside the region.


My current research explores how knowledge, production complexity, resource endowments and the overall quality of institutions interact with trade liberalization and economic development in developing countries.

Areas of Specialization:

The Trade- Growth Nexus in Developing Countries

Research interests:

International Trade Policy, Institutions and the Economic Analysis, Tourism and Investment, Innovation and, R&D.

Programme Coordination:

B.A in Social Sciences (Economics and Development Studies Stream)

Course Coordination:

DSU3531: Principles of Economics I,  DSU5337: Principles of Econometrics


Awarded the Doctoral Research Scholarship granted by the Accelerating Higher Education Expansion and Development (AHEAD) project of the World Bank 2019.

Awarded the Doctoral Research Fee Waiver Scholarship granted by the Swinburne University of Technology, Australia 2019.


Kollmann,T., Koswatta, A., Palangkaraya, A. and Webster,B. 2020. The Impact of Design Rights on Australian Firms. IP Australia Economic Research Paper 09.

Koswatta, A., Kollmann, T., Palangkaraya, A. and Webster,B. 2020. Valuing Designs: The Economic Impact of Design Rights in Australia. IP Australia Valuing Designs Report No 01.

Guruge, M., Koswatta, A., Silva, S. 2020. Key Determinants of Customer Loyalty and Satisfaction of the Middle East Inbound Tourist to Sri Lanka. Journal of Tourism Economics and Applied Research. Vol.4.

Koswatta, A. 2019. Economy of India: Lessons and Priorities. The Catalyst- Journal of Management, Baddi University, India. Vol.4, Issue I.

Guruge, M., Koswatta, A. and Silva, S. 2019. Fiscal Policy and the Economic Growth: A Comparison Between Sri Lanka and India. Sri Lankan Journal of Business Economics. Vol.8, Issue I.

Koswatta, A. 2018. Currency Wars in Asia. Journal of Management Studies, Wayamba University Sri Lanka. Vol.9, Issue I.

Koswatta, A. 2017. Fifty Years of Sri Lankan Economy. Professor Vidanapathirana Felicitation Volume, The Open University of Sri Lanka.

Koswatta, A. 2016. Public Spending and Economic Prosperity: Special Reference to Post Independence Sri Lanka. The Open University Annual Academic Sessions.

Koswatta, A., Sivarajasingham, S. 2014. The J curve Exposure: Analysis of the Effective Exchange Rates. LAMBERT Academic Publishing GmbH & Co.

Koswatta, A. 2014. Money and Inflation. The Open University Annual Academic Sessions.

Koswatta, A. 2013. The Volatility of Real Effective Exchange Rate of Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Economic Researc Symposium, December 2013.

Koswatta, A. 2013. The J curve Exposure. The Open University Annual Academic Sessions.

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Professional Expertise: 

Operations of the Central Bank and the Monetary Law Act , certified by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka

Preparing the Manuscript, certified by Elsevier Publishing

Occupation, Health and Safety, certified by Swinburne University of Technology

Data Science Fundamentals, offered by Swinburne University of Technology

Innovation and Impact in Research, offered by Swinburne University of Technology

Using Proper Scientific Language in Research, certified by Elsevier Publishing


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