Prof. O Amarasinghe

BSc Agric, MSc, PhD

Professor in Agric Economics & Extension
Dept of Agricultural Economics & Extension
Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka

Phone

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+94 41 22 92 382 / +94 41 22 92 200

Fax

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+94 41 22 92 384

E-mail

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oscar1@sltnet.lk

oscar@agecon.ruh.ac.lk

   

FULL NAME

Oscar Amarasinghe

 

PERSONAL

Born July 07, 1950

Married, 2 children

 

NATIONALITY

Sri Lankan

 

LANGUAGE ABILITY

English excellent

Sinhala mother tongue excellent

 

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Scholarship offered by General Administration for Development Corporation in 1980 to pursue Masters Studies at the State University of Ghent, Balgium

  • Scholarship offered by Facultes Universitaires Notre Dame De La Paix, Namur, Belgium to pursue doctoral studies in 1986

  • Fellowship Offered by the Government of Israel to participate in a workshop on grain production at CINADCO, Israel, in 1986

  • Senior Travelling Fellowship offered by the Association of Commonwealth Universities in London, to visit a series of fishery related institutes in Malaysia and India, in 1990

  • British Council Visitor-ship offered by The British Council of Sri Lanka in Colombo, to visit a large array of universities in England and Wales to probe into the possibility of developing link programmes

  • Fellowship offered by the Natural Resources and Environmental Policy Project / US AID to undergo training in Environmental Economics at the University of Harvard, Cambridge, USA in 1991

  • Fellowship offered by the Centre for Research in Development Economics (CRED), Facultes Universitaires Notre Dame De LA Paix, Namur, Belgium in 1999 to edit a volume on Fisheries Economics

 

HIGHER EDUCATION

  • Ph.D. (Economic & Social Sciences), Facultes Universitaires Notre Dame De La Paix, Namur, Belgium, 1988

  • M.Sc. (Agricultural Development) State University of Ghent, Belgium, 1982

  • B.Sc. (Agriculture) 2nd class honours University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 1976

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Senior Lecturer in Agricultural Economics, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna, Mapalana, Kamburupitiya, Sri Lanka

  • Member of the Board of Directors / National Aquaculture Development Authority of Sri Lanka (from 1 February 1999 to December 2001)

  • Chief Examiner in Agricultural Economics and Farm Management and Natural Resources & Environmental ManagementVisiting Lecturer in Resource Economics, Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture, Peradeniya

  • Visiting Lecturer in Fisheries Economics, Department of Zoology, University of Kelaniya

  • Visiting Lecturer in Environmental and Fisheries Economics, Faculty of Science, University of Ruhuna

  • Assistant Lecturer in Agricultural Economics, University of Ruhuna, Matara, Sri Lanka, (from Oct. 1978 to Dec. 1988)

  • Research Officer (Agricultural Prices),National Prices Commission of Sri Lanka, (from Feb. 1977 to Oct. 1978)

  • Assistant Lecturer in Agricultural Economics,Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka (from May 1976 to Feb. 1977)

  • Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna - From May 1989 to January 1991

  • Appointed to cover up duties of the Vice Chancellor of the University of Ruhuna, in his absence during the year 1990

 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP

  • 2000 onward, Member World Water and Soil Conservation Society

  • 1983 onward Life member, Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science (SLAAS)

  • Member of the Council of the University from May 1989 to March 1994

  • Member of the Senate of the University of Ruhuna, from May 1989 to March 1994, and from September 1994 to March 1996

  • Chairman of the Research Committee of the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Ruhuna, from 1989 to 1992

  • Member of the Examination Offences Committee of the University of Ruhuna, from 1989 to 1998

  • Member of the Library Committee of the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Ruhuna

  • Chairman and Member of an array of disciplinary boards held in the University of Ruhuna since from 1989 to 1998

  • Member of the Sports Advisory Board of the University of Ruhuna, from 1989 to 1995

  • President of the Welfare Society of the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna from 1993-1998

  • Patron of the Viru Sisu memorial Scholarship Foundation of the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna

  • Patron of the Arts Circle of the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Ruhuna

  • Patron of the Birds Club of the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna

  • Member of the Presidential Committee to discuss the 'Post-usage of Kamburupitiya Gam Udawa Site' in 1991

  • Member of the Board of Directors of the National Aqaculture Development Authority of Sri Lanka (1991-2001)

  • Member of the Agricultural Economics Association of Sri Lanka and its former Vice President

  • Member of the Asian Fisheries Society

  • Member of the Indian Branch of the Asian Fisheries Society

  • Member of the Indian Society for Fisheries Economics and Development

  • Member of the Alumini Association of Environmental Economists, University of Harvard, Cambridge, USA

  • Member of the Sri Lanka Association for Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (SLAFAR)

  • Member of International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF), Chennai, India

 

RESEARCH ENGAGEMENT

  • "Environmental Impact Assessment Study of the Sea Outfall of the Koggala Export Promotion Zone - Socioeconomics", Consultancy work undertaken for Board of Investment of Sri Lanka, 1993

  • "Kirindi Oya Irrigation and Settlement Project - Assessment of Impact on Crop and Livestock Components", Consultancy work undertaken for International Irrigation Management Institute, Colombo, 1994

  • "Shared Control of Natural Resources Project (SCOR); Benefit Assessment through continuous farm record keeping exercise", Consultancy work undertaken for International Irrigation Management Institute (IIMI), 1994

  • "Appraisal of Bovitiyadola-Illukpitiya Micro-Hydropower Project", Consultancy work undertaken for International Irrigation Management Institute, 1995

  • "Evaluation of Sericulture Project", Consultancy work undertaken for Matara Integrated Rural Development Project, 1995

  • "Environmental Impact Assessment of proposed Southern Highway Project - Agriculture and Socioeconomic Aspects", Consultancy work undertaken for Road Development Authority along with University of Moratuwa, 1996

  • "Initial Environmental Examination of proposed cement factory at Ahangama - Socioeconomic aspects", Consultancy work undertaken for Engineering Consultants Ltd., 1996

  • "Fisheries Target Group Analysis- a study of the socio-economic characteristics of the fishing population in the south of Sri Lanka", Consultancy work undertaken for GTZ, 1996

  • "Initial Environmental Examination of the proposed Hikkaduwa Harbour Project", consultancy work undertaken for Central Engineering Consultants, 1996

  • "Social Impacts of the proposed Colombo-Matara Highway", consultancy work undertaken for Messrs Wilber Smith Associates of the United States- consultants for Road Development Authority, 1997

  • "Environmental Impact Assessment Study of the Sea Outfall of the Koggala Export Promotion Zone - Socioeconomics", Consultancy work undertaken for Board of Investment of Sri Lanka, 1993

  • "Profitability of different land use practices in areas affected by salt-water intrusion", research/consultancy work undertaken for Southern Province Rural Development Project, 1997

  • "Environmental Impact Assessment of the Colombo-Matara highway project":, consultancy work undertaken for University of Moratuwa, 1998

  • "Assessment of damages caused by the grounding of the ship Meliksha off the Bundala coast", research consultancy work undertaken along with other members, for Marine Pollution Prevention Authority of Sri Lanka, 1999

  • "Initial environmental examination of the Galle Port Expansion Project: Socio-economic aspects", consultancy work undertaken for SLPA by University of Moratuwa (completed), 1999-2000

  • "Status of Sri Lankan Fisheries from the perspective of Fishworkers", Consultancy work undertaken for International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF), Chennai, India (completed), 2000

  • "The Impact of Globalisation on Sri Lankan Fisheries", research project undertaken for International Collective in Support of Fishworkers in collaboaration with National Fisheries Solidarity, 2002, (completed)

  • Initial Environmental Examination of the Kalametiya Fisheries Harbour, consultancy work undertaken for TEAMS (completed), 2002

  • "International Trade in Fish and Fish Products and Food Security", Consultancy work undertaken for FAO (completed)-May-June 2003

  • "Socio-economic study of Rekawa, Ussangoda and Kalametiya", GEF-RUK project on biodiversity Conservation, (completed), 2004

  • Preparation of the Draft National Fisheries Policy, consultancy work undertaken for the Ministry of Fisheries & Aquatic Resources, Coilombo, Sri Lanka (2004) (completed)

  • Initial Environmental Examination of the proposed Hambantota Fisheries Harbour, consultancy work undertaken for consultants- EMR, 2005, (completed)

  • Impact of the Tsunami on the Fisheries Sector of the Hambantota District, consultancy work undertaken for CARE International, Hambantota (2005) (completed)

  • Post-Tsunami Recovery of the Fisheries Sector of Sri Lanka, research work undertaken for International Collective in Support of Fishworkers, Chennai, India (2005) (completed)

  • Fisheries Impacts of the proposed expansion of Galle Harbour, Japan Port Consultants, Colombo (2005) (completed)

BOOKS AND RESEARCH PUBLICATIONS

 

BOOKS

 

Amarasinghe O. (2006); editor, Modernization and Change in marine small-scale fisheries of Southern Sri Lanka, Navamaga Printers, Colombo.

 

Amarasinghe O. (2001): The status of Sri Lankan fisheries from the perspective of fishworkers, published by International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF) (in Sinhala), Matara, Sri Lanka.

 

Amarasinghe O (2004); Socio-economic study of Rekawa, Ussangoda, Kalametiya, Research Report submitted to Teams Consultants, 2004.

Amarasinghe O. (2003), Changing role of women in the deep sea fisheries sub-sector of Sri Lanka, report submitted to ICSF, Chennai, India.

 

Amarasinghe O. (1996); 'Shared Control of Natural Resources Project - an impact evaluation study - Final Report', research/consultancy report submitted to the International Irrigation Management Institute, 1996.

 

RESEARCH PUBLICATIONS

 

Weerasinghe K.D.N. Migration of soluble salts in Serosem soils under the Alfalfa Cotton crop rotation (1979). Materialee Jubileinee conferenci Molodich Uchonich, Souz NIHI,Tashkent 99-103(in Russian).

 

De Silva D.A.M. and O. Amarasinghe (1997); "Efficiency of production in marine ornamental fisheries in the south of Sri Lanka", Annual Scientific Sessions, Sri Lanka Association for Fisheries and Aquatic Resources.

 

De Silva D.A.M. and O. Amarasinghe (1997); "Present status and future prospects of ornamental fish trade in Sri Lanka", Annual Scientific Sessions, Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science.

 

PAPERS PRESENTED IN CONFERENCES

 

Amarasinbghe O. (2006); Post-Tsunami Recovery of the Fisheries Sector of Sri Lanka, research report presented at the International Conference on; ost-Tsunami Recovery of the Fisheries Sectors in Thailand, Indonesia, India and Sri Lanka, Chennai, India.

 

Amarasinghe O. (2005); Role of Fish Merchants in Sri Lankan Fisheries; from a poverty perspective, Presentation made at AUS University, Norway, September 2005.

 

Amarasinghe O. (2005), Social Security Measures in Sri Lankan Fisheries, Research Samudra Monograph, ICSF, Chennai, India.

 

Amarasinghe O. (2003); "International Trade in Fish and Fish Products and Food Security in Sri Lanka", FAO, Rome.

 

Amarasinghe O. (2002); "Modernisation of fisheries and the declining role of non-state institutions in the management of coastal fisheries in Southern Sri Lanka", paper presented at the XIIIth Congress on Folk Law and Legal Pluralism, held in Chiangmai, Thailand, 7-10 April, 2002.

 

Amarasinghe O. (2001); "Economic and Social Implications of Multi-day fishing in Sri Lanka", paper presented at the Indian Ocean Conference, held in Chennai, India, 9-13 September 2001.

 

Amarasinghe O. (1999); "Mechanisation Ahoy!", Samudra, No. 25, April 2000.

 

Amarasinghe O. (1997); "Profitability of New Fish Catching technology", Journal of Asian Fisheries Science, Vol. 10 (2), pp. 102-116.

 

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

 

De Silva D.A.M. and O. Amarasinghe (1997); "Efficiency of production in marine ornamental fisheries in the south of Sri Lanka", Annual Scientific Sessions, Sri Lanka Association for Fisheries and Aquatic Resources.

 

De Silva D.A.M. and O. Amarasinghe (1997); "Present status and future prospects of ornamental fish trade in Sri Lanka", Annual Scientific Sessions, Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science.

Economic and Agricultural Development, Farm Management, Fisheries Economics,Environmental Economics