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Roshen Fernando

Nationality
Sri Lankan

Qualifications

Master of International & Development Economics (ANU);
Master of Financial Economics (Colombo);
Master of Business Administration (West London); BSc Chemical & Process Engineering (Hons) (Moratuwa)

Contact details

Roshen Fernando is a PhD candidate in Economics at the Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis (CAMA) of Crawford School of Public Policy, the Australian National University.

He is mainly interested in utilizing multidisciplinary perspectives to formulate policy solutions to complex challenges the humanity faces. His PhD focuses on integrated modeling of infectious diseases, particularly COVID-19, antimicrobial resistance and climate change.

Roshen’s work with Professor Warwick McKibbin, on the global economic impacts of COVID-19, has been cited in over 3,500 academic publications, the Global Economic Prospects June 2020 report by the World Bank and in international media including (Bloomberg, The Guardian and The Economist). The Australian Research Council recognized their work in Making a Difference 2020-21 report.

His work with Professor Warwick McKibbin and Dr. Weifeng Liu on the global economic impacts of climate change has been cited in a recent White Paper by the US Council of Economic Advisers and Office of Management and Budget. As part of his internship at the IMF Monetary and Capital Markets Department, he has modeled the economic impacts of physical climate risks on a global multisectoral sample of 59,554 firms. He received the Wallace E. Tyner award for “undertaking policy-relevant research at the interface of the economy, energy, and the environment” from the Global Trade Analysis Project of the Purdue University for his work on the economic impacts of physical climate risks on agriculture and energy.

His latest work with Professor Warwick McKibbin on a strategy to model the economic consequences of antimicrobial resistance is accessible from the Brookings Institution.

PhD programme

Economic Policy

Supervisor(s) and panel members

Topic title

Macroeconomic consequences of COVID-19, climate change and antimicrobial resistance

Publications

Journal Articles

  1. Hettiarachchi, M., Millar, W.M., Iyer-Raniga, U., Carr, S.H., Kelly, C., McMahon, M.M., Norton, T., Dunn, J., Gajanayake, A., Waechter, A., Fernando, R., & van Breda, A. (Forthcoming). Managing Building Materials in a World of Rising Disasters. One Earth.

  2. McKibbin, W. & Fernando, R. (Forthcoming). Global Macroeconomic Scenarios of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Economic Modeling.

  3. McKibbin, W. & Fernando, R. (2021). The Global Macroeconomic Impacts of COVID-19: Seven Scenarios. Asian Economic Papers, 19(4), 1-26.

  4. Fernando, R. (2020). Global Impact of the Loss of Confidence in Asian Emerging Markets. The World Economy, 43(7), 1907-27.

  5. Fernando, R. & Premaratne, S.P. (2018). Price Elasticity of Demand for Pipe-borne Water: A Pre-requisite for Solving the Water Problem in Colombo City. OUSL Journal, 13(1), 43-63.

Books & Book Chapters

  1. McKibbin, W. & Fernando, R. (2021). Macroeconomic Policy Adjustments due to COVID-19: Scenarios to 2025 with a focus on Asia. In Beirne, J., Morgan, P.J., & Sonobe, T. (eds) ‘COVID-19 Impacts and Policy Options: An Asian Perspective’, Asian Development Bank Institute, pp. 423-72.

  2. McKibbin, W. & Fernando, R. (2020). The Economic Impact of COVID-19. In Baldwin, R., \& di Mauro, B.W. (eds) ‘Economics in the Time of COVID-19’, Centre for Economic Policy Research Press, pp. 45-52.

  3. Premaratne, S.P., Ravinthirakumaran, N. & Fernando, R. (2019). Production Theory. Kumaran Book House, Colombo, ISBN 9789556594065.

Peer-reviewed Working Papers

  1. Fernando, R. & Lepore, C. (Forthcoming). Global Economic Impacts of Physical Climate Risks. IMF Working Papers, The International Monetary Fund. Washington DC.

  2. Fernando, R. & McKibbin, W. (2022). Antimicrobial Resistance: Designing a Comprehensive Macroeconomic Modeling Strategy. The Brookings Institution, Washington DC.

  3. Bertram, C., Edmonds, J., Fernando, R., Gayle, D., Hurst, I., Liu, W., McKibbin, W., Payerols, C., Richters, O. & Schets, E. (2022). Running the NGFS scenarios in G-Cubed: A Tale of Two Modeling Frameworks. The Network for Greening the Financial System (NGFS).

  4. Fernando, R., McKibbin, W. & Liu, W. (2021). Global Economic Impacts of Climate Shocks, Climate Policy, and Changes in Climate Risk Assessment. Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis Working Paper No. 37/2021, Canberra; Centre for Economic Policy Research Discussion Paper No. DP16154, London, and The Brookings Institution, Washington DC.

  5. Fernando, R. & McKibbin, W. (2021). Macroeconomic Policy Adjustments due to COVID-19: Scenarios to 2025 with a focus on Asia. Asian Development Bank Institute Working Paper No. 1219, Tokyo.

Working Papers under Review

  1. Fernando, R. (Forthcoming). Global Economic Consequences of the Physical Climate Impacts on Agriculture and Energy. Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis. Canberra.

  2. Fernando, R. & McKibbin, W. (Forthcoming). Global Economic Impacts of Antimicrobial Resistance. Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis. Canberra.

  3. Fernando, R. (Forthcoming). Impact of Physical Climate Risks on Antimicrobial Resistance. Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis. Canberra.

  4. Fernando, R. (Forthcoming). Impact of Demographic Trends on Antimicrobial Resistance. Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis. Canberra.

Policy Reports

  1. Fernando, R., McKibbin, W. & Liu, W. (2022). Why Climate Policy Scenarios are Important, how to use them, and What has been learned. The Brookings Institution, Washington DC.

  2. Sidorenko, A. & Fernando, R. (2020). Averting a Tragedy of Solar Commons: When Free may not be the Best. Australian Energy Market Commission, Canberra.

Scholarships and fellowships

ANU Higher Degree by Research Fee Remission Merit Scholarship
ANU Research Scholarship
ARC Supplementary PhD Scholarship

Personal links

Mailing address

Crawford School of Public Policy
ANU College of Asia & the Pacific
J.G. Crawford Building No. 132
Lennox Crossing
The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 2601 Australia

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