Roshen Fernando

PhD student in Economic Policy, Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis (CAMA), Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University

Roshen Fernando is a PhD student in Economic Policy at the Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis (CAMA) of Crawford School of Public Policy, the Australian National University.

He is mainly interested in utilizing multi-disciplinary perspectives to help formulate policy solutions to complex challenges the humanity faces. For his PhD, Roshen focuses on integrated modelling of infectious diseases, particularly COVID-19, antimicrobial resistance and climate change.

Before commencing his PhD studies he completed the master’s degree in International & Development Economics with Commendation at Crawford School in 2019. He also holds master’s degrees in Financial Economics and Business Administration. Prior to his postgraduate studies, Roshen obtained his bachelor’s degree in Chemical & Process Engineering, specializing in Environmental & Energy Engineering. He has also completed examinations at the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA, UK) and is a Chartered Management Accountant.

Roshen has recently worked with Professor Warwick McKibbin on modelling the global macroeconomic implications of COVID-19. This work has been cited in over 1,000 academic publications, the Global Economic Prospects June 2020 report by the World Bank and in international media including (BloombergThe Guardian and The Economist). A results dashboard based on the latest modelling conducted for the Asian Development Bank Institute Annual Conference 2020 could be viewed via:

Roshen has also recently worked on assessing the global macroeconomic consequences of climate change with Professor Warwick McKibbin and Dr. Weifeng Liu. The paper has been released from the Brookings Institution and could be accessed via:

PhD programme

Economic Policy

Supervisor(s) and panel members

Renée Fry-McKibbin

Larry Weifeng Liu

Warwick McKibbin

Topic title

Macroeconomic consequences of COVID-19, climate change and antimicrobial resistance

Scholarships and fellowships

ANU Higher Degree by Research Fee Remission Merit Scholarship
ANU Research Scholarship

Personal links

Google Scholar

Research Gate



Mailing address

Crawford School of Public Policy
ANU College of Asia & the Pacific
J.G. Crawford Building No. 132
Lennox Crossing
The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 2601 Australia

Journal Articles & Working Papers

Fernando, R, Liu, W & McKibbin, W 2021, ‘Global economic impacts of climate shocks, climate policy and changes in climate risk assessment’, CAMA Working Paper No. 37/2021, Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis,

Fernando, R & McKibbin, W 2021, ‘Macroeconomic Policy Adjustments due to COVID-19: Scenarios to 2025 with a Focus on Asia’, ADBI Working Paper No. 1219, Asian Development Bank Institute,

McKibbin, W & Fernando, R 2020, ‘Global macroeconomic scenarios of the COVID-19 pandemic’, CAMA Working Paper No. 62/2020, Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis,

McKibbin, W & Fernando, R 2020, ‘The global macroeconomic impacts of COVID-19: seven scenarios’, Asian Economic Papers, vol. 19, no. 4, pp. 1-55,

Fernando, R 2020, ‘Global impact of loss of confidence in Asian emerging markets’, The World Economy, vol. 43, no. 7, pp. 1907-27,

Fernando, R & Premaratne, SP 2018, ‘Price elasticity of demand for pipe-borne water: a pre-requisite for solving the water problem in Colombo city’, OUSL Journal, vol. 13, no. 1 pp. 43-63,

Books & Book Chapters

McKibbin, W & Fernando, R 2020, ‘The economic impact of COVID-19’ in Baldwin R. & di Mauro (eds) ‘Economics in the time of COVID-19’, Centre for Economic Policy Research Press,

Premaratne, SP, Ravinthirakumaran, N & Fernando, R (2019), Production Theory, 2nd edn, Colombo, Sri Lanka, Kumaran Book House, ISBN 9789556594065.

Conference Proceedings

Fernando, R & Ratnasiri, PG 2017, ‘Simulating the effect of modifying Reversed A2O process on combined removal of nitrogen, phosphorous and organic matter in municipal wastewater’, paper presented to 111th Annual Sessions of Institute of Engineers Sri Lanka, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 23-24 October.

Fernando, R & Wickramasinghe, CN 2016, ‘Factors affecting economic affordability among consumers of domestic water sector in Sri Lanka’, paper presented to the seventh International Conference on Water Resources & Environment Research, Kyoto, Japan, 6-8 June.

Fernando, R 2016, ‘Effective and sustainable utilization of resources in Sri Lankan industries: challenges for and benefits of an integrated approach’, paper presented to the sixth Annual International Research Symposium on Engineering Advancements of South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 21-22 May.