Arusha Cooray is a Professor of Finance and Head of  Academic Group, Accounting and Finance, at the College of Business, Law and Governance. She completed her PhD at the University of New South Wales, Australia

Arusha is an applied macroeconomist, with research interests in the areas of macro-finance, international finance, open economy macroeconomics and development macroeconomics.

Prior to joining James Cook University, Arusha worked at many different universities including, the University of Wollongong, University of Tasmania, University of Nottingham Malaysia and the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

She is currently joint Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of International Development and Associatre Editor of the International Journal of Finance and Economics. She holds research positions at the United Nations University (UNU-WIDER), Centre for Poverty Analysis Sri Lanka, the Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis, ANU,  Global Labour Organisation and Centre for Development Economics and Sustainability, Monash University. 

She has held visiting positions at the University of Oxford, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (Geneva), Centre for Poverty, Equity and Growth in Developing Countries (Gottingen), Institute of Policy Studies (Sri Lanka), Australian National University and Macquarie University (Australia).

Arusha has also served as Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Norway, Finland, and Iceland.

Arusha has published in journals including the Journal of Macroeconomics, Macroeconomic Dynamics, Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, Regional Science and Urban Economics, Oxford Economic Papers among others.

  • BX3134: Finance of International Trade (Level 3; TSV)
  • LB5231: Corporate Responsibility and Governance (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
  • Consulting in economics.
  • Macro finance, International Finance, Applied macroeconomics, Development.
  • 2021 to present - Professor of Finance, James Cook University (Townsville,, Australia)
  • 2018 to 2019 - Sri Lanka's Ambassador to Norway, Finland and Iceland, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sri Lanka (Oslo, Norway)
  • 2017 to 2018 - Consultant, Opt-Us (Sydney, Australia)
  • 2016 - Visiting Professor, Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia)
  • 2016 - Visiting Professor, S.P.Jain School of Global Management (Dubai, UAE)
  • 2014 to 2016 - Professor of Business Finance, University of Nottingham (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
  • 2015 - Visiting Fellow, Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia)
  • 2015 - Visiting Fellow, Australia National University (Canberra, Australia)
  • 2008 to 2014 - Senior Lecturer, University of Wollongong (Wollongong, Australia)
  • 2013 - Visiting Research Fellow, Institute of Policy Studies (Colombo, Sri Lanka)
  • 2012 - Visiting Research Fellow, Courant Centre for Poverty, Equity and Growth in Developing Countries (Gottingen, Germany)
  • 2011 to 2012 - Visiting Research Fellow, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (Geneva, Switzerland)
  • 2008 - Visiting Research Fellow, University of Oxford (Oxford, UK)
  • 2003 to 2008 - Lecturer, University of Tasmania (Hobart, Tasmania)
  • 2005 - Visiting Lecturer, Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki (Taranaki, New Zealand)
  • 2002 to 2003 - Associate Lecturer, Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia)
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Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2022 - New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant, DFAT, AUD 33,000
  • 2022 - Associate Editor, International Journal of Finance and Economics
  • 2022 - Non-Resident Fellow, Centre for Development Economics and Sustainability, Monash University
  • 2021 - Editor-in-Chief (joint), Journal of International Development
  • 2019 - Honorary Research Fellow, United Nations University (UNU-WIDER)
  • 2018 - Fellow, Global Labour Organization
  • 2017 - Fellow, Centre for Poverty Analysis, Sri Lanka
  • 2007 - Research Associate, Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis, Australian National University

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 38+ research outputs authored by Prof Arusha Cooray from 2016 onwards.


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  • Impact of Business Intelligence and Analytics on the Role of Management Accountants: Perceived Usefulness, Tensions and Satisfaction (PhD , Advisor Mentor)
  • The Influence of Integrated Reporting Quality on Firm?s Value: Capital Market Effects in Australia (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)

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