Sisira is a Professor in the Department of Economics and Director of the Centre for Development Economics and Sustainability.
Sisira is a development economist with a focus on economic policy issues in Asia. His current research is on food security in Asia agricultural policy reforms in India, political economy of Sri Lanka, economics of natural disasters, and trade and macroeconomic issues in Asia.
He has held previous appointments at the International Rice Research Institute (Philippines), the Australian National University, Melbourne University and La Trobe University, and has been a consultant to the Asian Development Bank, International Food Policy Research Institute, World Bank and several United Nations agencies such as ESCAP, FAO and ILO. He is also Honorary Professor at the Arndt-Corden Department of Economics at the Australian National University, Canberra, Institute of Social and Economic Studies, Osaka University, Japan, and Non-Resident Senior Fellow, National Council of Applied Economic Research, New Delhi.
Prof Jayasuriya has a BA (Hons in Economics) from the University of Ceylon (Peradeniya), and a Masters and PhD from the Australian National University.