DR Wasana Karunarathne

DR Wasana Karunarathne


  • Development Economics, Poverty and Income Inequality, Economics of Education



  • Wasana is a teaching specialist in the Department of Economics at the University of Melbourne. She joined the department in 2005 after completing her PhD in Economics at the National University of Singapore. Warana’s research interests lie broadly on applied microeconomics with a focus on labour and development economics. Her current research focuses on the financial literacy and retirement planning behaviour among migrant communities.   



Education and training

  • GCUT, University of Melbourne 2016
  • PhD., National University of Singapore 2005
  • MA, University of Colombo 1999
  • BA (Hons), University of Peradeniya 1999

Awards and honors

  • Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching, Faculty of Business and Economics, The University of Melbourne, 2016