BSc. (Bio. Sc), MSc.(Forestry), M.A (Economics), PhD (NUI Galway, Ireland)
Senior Lecturer
Department of Building Economics,
Faculty of Architecture,
University of Moratuwa,
Sri Lanka

Academic Qualifications

  • Ph.D in Environmental Economics from NUI Galway, Ireland
  • M.A in Economics from University of Colombo
  • M.Sc in Forestry from   University of Sri Jayawardenapura
  • B.Sc. degree in Bio Science from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.

Professional Activities

  • Free-lance researcher from 2005- 2007
  • Worked at Sri Lanka Forest Department, Central Environmental Authority and Ministry of Environmental and Natural Resources, Sri Lanka from 1994 to 2005 in different capacities.
  • Visiting lecturer for since 1996 for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes of University of Colombo, University of Moratuwa , Rajarata University and University of Sabaragamuwa since 1996 to date. 

Subject Areas

Currently teaching Business Statistics and Principles of Economics. 

Research Interests

  • Econometrics Modelling, Economic growth and development, Natural Resources Economics, Environmental Law.
  • Sustainability, EIA, SEA
  • De-growth
  • Risk Analysis

Publications : Journals


Vidyaratne, H. “Environmental Kuznets Curve (EKC) for Deforestation for Tea Cultivation in Sri Lanka”. Sri Lanka Journal of Agricultural Economics, (Accepted for the publications)

2 Herath Vidyaratne (2015), ‘Balancing Economic Growth and Ecological Sustainability in Sri Lanka’, South Asia Research (Sage publication) 35(1), 119-133.
3 Herath Vidyaratne (2006), ‘EIA theories and Practice: Balancing Conservation and Development in Sri Lanka’, Journal of Environmental Assessment Policy and Management (JEAPM), 8 (2), 205-222.

Publications : Conference Papers


Vidyaratne, H., Ryan, M., NiFhlatharta, N. and Raghavendra, S. (2012). “Economic and Behavioural Factors in Motivating Private Afforestation Decisions in Ireland”. IUFRO Conference,USA.


Vidyaratne, H. (2007). “Modelling of Income Effects on Biodiversity for Proper Global Policies”. BIOECON Conference, June 2007, Cambridge University.


Vidyaratne, H. (2003). “Macroeconomics Dimension in conservation of Biodiversity in private lands”. IUCN Conference, 15th - 18th June 2003, Dhaka, Bangladesh.


Vidyaratne, H. (1999). “Analysis of Social Acceptances and Deviations of Farmers for Conservation Interventions of Shared Control of Natural Resources (SCOR) Project in Huruluwewa Watershed”. Annual   Forestry and Environment Symposium, Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka.


Vidyaratne, H. (1999). “Environmental Legislation Enforcement Capacity of Government through Divisional Secretary: Some Emerging Issues”. Annual Forestry and Environment Symposium, Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka.

6 Vidyaratne, H. and Wijayarathna, C. M. (1998).“Assessment of Participatory Agroforestry Interventions in Integrated Watershed Management”. Annual Forestry, Beruwala,Sri Lanka

Vidyaratne, H. (1996).“Survey of Existing bank reservations of some major Natural streams in Mahaweli system”. Annual Forestry Symposium, Kalutara, Sri Lanka.

8 Herath Vidyaratne, M,Ryan, Nuala NiFhlatharta, Srinivas Raghavendra, Economic and behavioural factors in motivating private afforestation decisions in Ireland-presented in IUFRO conference held in USA in 2012 ( PhD paper).
9 Herath Vidyaratne, Modelling of Income Effects on Biodiversity for Proper Global Policies (presented in BIOECON conference held in Cambridge University in June 2007.

Publications : Others



Vidyaratne, H. (2001). “Dependency Approach and Developing Countries”. Monograph presented at Auditorium of Ministry of Forestry and Environment, Sri Lanka.