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Roshen Fernando

Sri Lankan


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

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

He is mainly interested in utilizing multi-disciplinary perspectives to help formulate policy solutions to complex challenges the humanity faces. For his PhD, Roshen focuses on integrating the evolution of antimicrobial resistance with that of the economy in the context of changing demographics as well as existing and emerging infectious diseases.

Before commencing his PhD studies he completed the master’s degree in International & Development Economics with Commendation at Crawford School in 2019. He also holds master’s degrees in Financial Economics and Business Administration. Prior to his postgraduate studies, Roshen obtained his bachelor’s degree in Chemical & Process Engineering, specializing in Environmental & Energy Engineering. He has also completed examinations at the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA, UK) and is a Chartered Management Accountant.

Roshen has recently worked with Professor Warwick McKibbin on modelling the global macroeconomic implications of COVID-19. This work has been cited in over 500 academic publications, the Global Economic Prospects June 2020 report by the World Bank and in international media. A results dashboard demonstrating the economic impacts of plausible scenarios of COVID-19 based on the work could be viewed via:

PhD programme

Economic Policy

Supervisor(s) and panel members

Topic title

Relationship among antimicrobial resistance and demographics: key to mitigate global economic consequences


Journal Articles & Working Papers

McKibbin, W & Fernando, R 2020, ‘Global macroeconomic scenarios of the COVID-19 pandemic’, CAMA Working Paper No. 62/2020, Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis,

McKibbin, W & Fernando, R 2020, ‘The global macroeconomic impacts of COVID-19: seven scenarios’, Asian Economic Papers, vol. 19, no. 4, pp. 1-55,

Fernando, R 2020, ‘Global impact of loss of confidence in Asian emerging markets’, The World Economy, vol. 43, no. 7, pp. 1907-27,

Fernando, R & Premaratne, SP 2018, ‘Price elasticity of demand for pipe-borne water: a pre-requisite for solving the water problem in Colombo city’, OUSL Journal, vol. 13, no. 1 pp. 43-63,

Books & Book Chapters

McKibbin, W & Fernando, R 2020, ‘The economic impact of COVID-19’ in Baldwin R. & di Mauro (eds) ‘Economics in the time of COVID-19’, Centre for Economic Policy Research Press,

Premaratne, SP, Ravinthirakumaran, N & Fernando, R (2019), Production Theory, 2nd edn, Colombo, Sri Lanka, Kumaran Book House, ISBN 9789556594065.

Conference Proceedings

Fernando, R & Ratnasiri, PG 2017, ‘Simulating the effect of modifying Reversed A2O process on combined removal of nitrogen, phosphorous and organic matter in municipal wastewater’, paper presented to 111th Annual Sessions of Institute of Engineers Sri Lanka, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 23-24 October.

Fernando, R & Wickramasinghe, CN 2016, ‘Factors affecting economic affordability among consumers of domestic water sector in Sri Lanka’, paper presented to the seventh International Conference on Water Resources & Environment Research, Kyoto, Japan, 6-8 June.

Fernando, R 2016, ‘Effective and sustainable utilization of resources in Sri Lankan industries: challenges for and benefits of an integrated approach’, paper presented to the sixth Annual International Research Symposium on Engineering Advancements of South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 21-22 May.

Scholarships and fellowships

ANU Higher Degree by Research Fee Remission Merit Scholarship
ANU Research Scholarship

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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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