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 a Fellow at the United Nations University (UNU-WIDER), Fellow at the Centre for Poverty Analysis Sri Lanka and Research Associate at the Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis, ANU. 

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)
  • CO5109: Corporate Finance (Level 5; TSV)
  • CO5809: Corporate Finance (Level 5; ONL)
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  • 2022 - New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant, DFAT, AUD 33,000
  • 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 31+ research outputs authored by Prof Arusha Cooray from 2016 onwards.


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  • How will digital disruption change accounting higher education and future accounting employability skills? (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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