Faculty of Agriculture

University of Peradeniya

Prof. L.H.P. Gunaratne

Professor



Official Address :

Department of Agricultural Economics and Business Management,
Faculty of Agriculture,
University of Peradeniya,
Peradeniya,
Sri Lanka


Email :

lhpguna@pdn.ac.lk


Telephone :

+94 81 239 5500


Personal Website :






I am a person with a broad exposure to two disciplines, Applied Statistics and Agricultural Economics with necessary qualifications and experience. Apart from the formal contributions to the University via teaching, curriculum development, and research, I am more interested in resource mobilization and capacity strengthening with more focus on serving for a wider community.

  • Ph. D. (Agricultural and Resource Economics), University of Hawaii, USA.
  • M. A. (Economics), University of Hawaii, USA.
  • M. Sc. (Agronomy), University of Hawaii, USA.
  • B. Sc. (Agriculture) with First Class Honors, University of Peradeniya
  • B. Sc. (Statistics), University of Peradeniya.
  • Received two international competitive research grants from Economy and Environment Program for South Asia, Singapore. 2003 and 2007.
  • Received an international competitive research grant from Poverty Reduction Environment Management (PREM), the Netherlands, 2004.
  • Best graduate student presentation award at the Annual Research Symposium of the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR), University of Hawaii at Manoa, 1996.
  • Membership of the Gamma Sigma Delta Honorary Society of Agriculture in recognition of high scholarship and outstanding achievement in the Ph.D program, 1995.
    East-West Center scholarship for graduate studies at University of Hawaii at Manoa, 1991.
  • S. F. H. Perera award for the best overall performances in the B.Sc (Agric.) degree program, 1988.
  • C. De. S. W. Siriwardene scholarship and University scholarship for the greatest competence at the First Examination in B.Sc.(Agric.) program, 1988
  • Member, Sri Lanka Agricultural Economics Association
  • Member, Applied Statistics Association of Sri Lanka.
  • Member, National Agricultural Science Society of Sri Lanka.
  • Professor, Faculty of Agriculture, 2009 November - to date
  • Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Agriculture, 1997 May - 2009 October
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 1995 Aug. - 1997 Jun.
  • Graduate Student and East-West Center (Hawaii) Fellow, 1991 Aug. - 1997 Jun.
  • Probationary Lecturer, Faculty of Agriculture, 1990 Feb. - 1991 Aug.
  • Secretary, Board of Study in Agricultural Economics, Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya. 2007- to date.
  • Chairman, Board of Study in Bio-Statistics, Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya. 2005 - 2008.
  • Editor, Applied Statistics Association of Sri Lanka. Jan. 2005 - Dec. 2009.
  • Chairman of the Board of Study in Agricultural Economics, Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya.2005 Jan - 2006 Dec.
  • Member, Board of study in Agricultural Economics, Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya. 2003- to date
  • Member, Board of study in Business Administration, Post-graduate Institute of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya. 2001 - to date.
  • Member, Thematic Committee on Alternative Agriculture for self-reliance, National Science Foundation. Jan. 2004 - 2009.
  • Member of the Board of Management of the Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya. 2005 Jan - 2006 Dec.
  • President, Sri Lanka Agricultural Economics Association (2002 - 2007)
  • Deputy Proctor, University of Peadeniya. 2004 Jan - 2005 Dec.
  • Warden, Marcus Fernando Hall, University of Peradeniya 2001-2003.
  • Treasurer, Applied Statistics Association of Sri Lanka. Jan. 2000 - Dec. 2001.
  • President, Peradeniya University Agriculture Teachers' Association, Aug. 2001 - July 2002.
  • Member of the Board of study in Applied Statistics and Computer Science, Postgraduate Institute of Science, University of Peradeniya. 1998-2001.
  • Environmental and Resource Economics
  • Applied Statistics/EcInterestsonometrics
  • Production Economics
Keynote/Invited papers
  • Chairperson, Session VII of the National Statistics Conference held at Samaranayake Auditorium, University Colombo - 2008
  • Chairperson, Technical Session VI of the Conference on Global Climate Change and its Impacts on Agriculture, Forestry and Water in the Tropics, held at the Hotel Tourmaline, Kandy 10-11, September 2009.
Journal Arcicles
  • Athukorala, P.P.A.W., H.M. Gunatilake, S. Dharmasena, L.H.P. Gunaratne and J.Weerahewa (2009). Estimation of Household Demand for Electricity in Sri Lanka: A Cointegration Analysis, Paper accepted for publication in Resources Energy and Development, pp 1-19.
  • Mahipala M.B.P.K, Krebs G.L., McCafferty P. and Gunaratne L.H.P. (2009) Chemical Composition, Biological Effects of Tannin and In Vitro Nutritive Value of Selected Browse Species Grown in the West Australian Mediterranean Environment. Paper accepted for publication in Animal Feed Science and Technology.
  • Jagoda D.J. and L.H.P. Gunaratne (2008). Economic Linkages of the Age Structural Changes in Population of Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan Journal of Applied Statistics, Vol. 9. P. 145-157
  • Sayandan, T., S.S. Kodithuwakku and L.H.P.Gunaratne (2008). Influence of Marketing Mix in Prescribing Pharmaceutical Products by Opthalmologists in Sri Lanka. Tropical Agricultural Research, Vol. 20. pp 260-268.
  • Senaratne, A., L.H.P.Gunaratne and K. Karunanayake (2008). Transaction Costs and Household Participation in Community-based Village Tank Aquaculture in Dry Zone. Tropical Agricultural Research, Vol. 20. pp. 73-88.
  • Thrikawala, S., L.H.P.Gunaratne and E.R.N. Gunawardena (2008). Impact of Different Tariff Structures on Residential Water Demand: a Case Study from Kandy, Sri Lanka. Tropical Agricultural Research, Vol. 20. pp. 60-72.
  • Thamiem, S., L.H.P. Gunaratne and K.G.M.C.P.B Gajanayake (2008). An Investigation of Profit Efficiency of Tea Processing Industry in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Economic Journal Vol. 9 No. 1, pp 1-20.
  • Lelwala. E. and L.H.P.Gunaratne (2008). Modelling Tourism Demand using Cointegration Analysis: A Case Study for Tourists Arriving from United Kingdom to Sri Lanka. Tropical Agricultural Research, Vol. 20. pp 50-59
  • Suranga, M.S.S. and L.H.P. Gunaratne (2007). Analysis of Public Preference for Ecological Solid Waste Management: A Discreet Choice Experiment, Sri Lankan Journal of Applied Statistics. Vol.8, pp. 45-53.
  • Ekanayake, EM.T and L.H.P. Gunaratne (2006). Technical and Socio-Economic Assessment of Micro Irrigation Systems in The Small Scale Farming Sector of Sri Lanka. Tropical Agricultural Research, Vol. 18: pp. 36-47.
Monographs
  • Ranamukaarachchi, S.L. , J.M.Soorasena and L.H.P.Gunaratne (1990). Weed control practices of farmers in Anuradhapura and Matale districts, Diversified Agricultural Research Project, Ministry of Agriculture, USAID and Development Alternatives Inc, USA.
  • Gunatilake, H.M. and L.H.P.Gunaratne (2005) Policy Options for Conserving Sri Lanka's Natural Forests published by Economy and Environment Program in South East Asia (EEPSEA), Singapore.and IDRC Canada (ISBN 0-88936-982-8)
  • Gunaratne, L.H.P.and P.K.Premaratne (2006) The Effectiveness of Electric fencing in Mitigating Human-elephant Conflict in Sri Lanka. Published by Economy and Environment Program in South East Asia,(EEPSEA), Singapore and IDRC, Canada. (ISBN 1-55250--232-5)
  • Gunaratne, L.H.P. (2008). Economic Values of Biodiversity Resources in Sri Lanka, Monograph submitted to School of Economics, Sukhothai Thammatirat Open University (STOU). Thailand.
  • Gunaratne, L.H.P., R. Bandara, R. Janssen and M. Schaafsma (2008). Practicality of Establishing a Financial Scheme as an Alternative Mean of Conserving Wild elephants in Sri Lanka, submitted to IVM, Virje Universiteit, the Netherlands.
Conference Proceedings
  • Gunaratne, L.H.P. and A.T. Sooriyarachchi (2005). Efficiency of Rice Milling Industry: a Data Envelopment Analysis. Proceedings of the Symposium on New Frontiers of Post-harvest Technology, held at the Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture, Peradeniya, 20 October 2005. pp 35-47.

  • Nanayakkara, H.P.L.K., L.H.P.Gunaratne and N.D.K.Dayawansa (2005). A Study on Human-Elephant Conflict in North-western Region of Sri Lanka: a Spatially Explicit Approach. Proceedings of the Second National Symposium on Geo informatics held at the Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture, Peradeniya, 26 August 2005. pp. 32-47.
  • Nanayakkara, H.P.L.K., D.T.Solangaarchchi, L.H.P.Gunaratne and N.D.K.Dayawansa (2005). Impact of Human-Elephant Conflict on Livelihoods of Farmers and Spatial Strategies for the Coexistence: A Case Study of Giribawa in North-western Region of Sri Lanka. Proceedings of the Third National Symposium on Geo-informatics held at the Central Environmental Authority, Colombo, Peradeniya, 03 November 2006. pp. 113-124.
  • Su Zhucheng and L.H.P.Gunaratne (2005). Changes in China Tea Industry and its Implications for Sri Lanka. Economic Review Vol. 31. pp 28-30.
  • Gunaratne, L.H.P., W.M.S.H.K.Prematilake and A.R. Ariyaratne (2006) Evaluation of social acceptance for an alternative crop insurance scheme for paddy. Proceedings of the Third International conference on Business Management, held at Ceylon Continental Hotel, March 17, 2006. p.188-194.

  • Gunaratne, L.H.P., W.M.S.H.K.Prematilake and A.R. Ariyaratne (2006) Evaluation of Social Acceptance for an Alternative Crop Insurance Scheme for Paddy. Proceedings of the Third International conference on Business Management, held at Ceylon Continental Hotel, March 17, 2006. pp.188-194.

  • Mahipala, M.B.P.K., L.H.P.Gunaratne. A.B. Abeyratne and B.L.Peiris (2006). Farm Level Economics, Services and Constraints of Cattle Farming in Small Holder Cattle Farming Systems. in Upcountry Wet Zone of Sri Lanka. Proceedings of the International Conference of Livestock Sciences on Competitiveness and Sustainability of Small Holder Producers, Beijing, China. pp 242-252.
  • Gunaratne, L.H.P. (2007). An Alternative Solutions for Human-Elephant Conflict (in Sinhala) Soba, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.,pp 27-30.

  • Rodrigo. C. and L.H.P Gunaratne (2007). Strategic Environmental Assessment: A Case from Kaultara Municipal Council. Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Business and Management, Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce, University of Sri Jayawadenepura pp 107-114
  • Abeysinghe, A.M.C.P.K. and L.H.P Gunaratne (2008). Estimation of Commercial Water Users' Willingness to Pay for Wastewater Disposal: A Case with Sewerage Treatment Plant in Kandy. Proceedings of The Water Professionals' Day, Water Resources Research in Sri Lanka, held at the Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture, Peradeniya, October 01,2008. pp.. 155-167.

Abstracts
  • Medeliyagedera, T.K.R.R. and L.H.P.Gunaratne (2004). Feed Forward Artificial Neural Networks for Stock Market Forecasting: Forecast Values from Conventional Techniques as Input Variables, 36 th Iscie International Symposium on Stochastic Systems Thinking and its Applications, Tokyo Denki University, Saitama, Japan.Nov. 3-4, Tokyo Japan.
  • Gunaratne, L.H.P., R. Janssen, Roy Brouwer, N. Ayomi and PP. Laksisri. (2006). Management of Human-Elephant Conflict and Rural Poverty in Sri Lanka. International Conference on Economics of Poverty, Environment and Natural Resource Use, 17-19, May 2006, University of Wageningam, The Netherlands.
  • Gunaratne, L.H.P., and T.N. Subramanium (2006). Predicting the Optimal Rotation Length of Teak Plantation using a Simulation Model. Proceedings of the Eleventh International ForestrySymposium (part I). 22-23. December 2006, Villa Ocean villa, Wadduwa, Sri Lanka
  • Su Zhucheng and L.H.P. Gunaratne (2007). The Tea Industry in Sri Lanka in the Status of National Economy and the Dilemma it is at Present. South Asian Research Quarterly Publication 2007:Vol. 02
  • Gunaratne, L.H.P. and D. Wickramarachchi (2007). Changes in Rice Consumption with Increasing Income. Proceedings of the Peradeniya University Research Sessions- 2007. Vol:12, Part I.
  • Siriwardena, K.S.D.and L.H.P. Gunaratne (2007). Analysis of Trade-offs in Public Preferences for Environmental Health Management: a Discrete Choice Modelling Exercise. International Conference on Social Sciences (ICSSL)., Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Kelaniya.
  • Abeysinghe, V.H.S.H and L.H.P.Gunaratne (2008) Factors Affecting Continuous Abandonment of Paddy Lands in Gampaha District. Second Annual Research Forum of the Sri Lanka Agricultural Economics Association, 03 rd October 2008, Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture, Peradeniya.
  • Chandrakumara P.M and L.H.P Gunaratne (2008). Economic Validity of Traditional Rice Varieties. Pandit G.P. Wickramarachchi Memorial Research Symposium 3 April 2009, Research and Publication Unit, Gampaha Wickramarachchi Ayurveda Institute, University of Kelaniya, Yakkala, Sri Lanka.
  • Namalgama, N.M.U.P.K. and L.H.P.Gunaratne (2008). Coconut Consumption Patterns In Urban and Rural Communities in Sri Lanka. Second International Symposium - 8-12 July 2008, Modeling the Issues and Challenges Towards Sustainable Development, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, Belihuloya.
  • Gunaratne, L.H.P ,V.D. Nirusha Ayoni (2008). Evaluation of Management Options for Human Elephant Conflicts using Multi Criteria Analysis. Fundamental and Operational Research for Development Conference on Humanities and Social Science in Sri Lanka- 17,18 October 2008, Sri Lanka Foundation Institute, Abstracts of Conference Papers/ presentations, National Centre For Advanced Studies In Humanities and Social Sciences (NCAS), Sri Lanka.
Books
  • Statistics for G.C.E. (A.L) Biology in Sinhala with R.O.Thattil (2000). Published by Godage Brothers, Colombo 10.

  • Quantitative Techniques for Business Management (2003). Published by the Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya.
  • Human-Elephant Conflict and Rural Poverty in Sinhala (2009). Published by the Agribusiness Centre, University of Peradeniya.

  • Role of Community in Adaptation to the climate Change Crisis. (Editor) Published by the Swedish Cooperative Centre.

Books Chapters
  • Gunaratne, L.H.P. (2009) Development Challenges and alternative Policies Professor W.D. Laxman Felicitation volume, Edited by: Bandara, R. (ISBN 978-955-1772-321).

  • Gunaratne, L.H.P. and K.A.S.S. Kodithuwkku (2008) Department of Agricultural Economics and Business Management (In) Sixty Years of Higher Education in Agriculture, A.N.Jayakody (Eds.). Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya

  • Gunaratne, L.H.P. Design and Analysis of Experiments, Chapters 3, 4 and 8. (edited by R.O.Thattil), Post-graduate Institute of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.

  • Gunaratne, L.H.P. Survey design and analysis, Chapter 3 (edited by R.O.Thattil), Post-graduate Institute of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.

  • Brouwer, R., W. Haider, L.H.P. Gunaratne and B. Beardmore. A Choice Experiment of Human-Elephant Conflict Resolution in Sri Lanka. (In) Choice Experiments in Developing Countries: Implementation, Challenges and Policy Implications. Edited by: Bennett, J and E. Birol. Edward Elgar Publishers, Cheltenham, UK.(ISBN 978 1 84844 003 6)

  • Jayasooriya, S.P., L.H.P. Gunaratne and R. Bandara (2008). Poverty Reduction and Environmental Management: a Paradigm for an Effective Use of Research by Policymakers and Development Practitioners. (In) Communicating Research; Influencing Change. Edited by: Fiona Remnant. Centre for Poverty Analysis Sri Lanka. (ISBN 978-955-1040-52-9).