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The Australian National University

Dr Dinuk Jayasuriya

Visiting Fellow
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

Research interests

  • Migration
  • Evaluations (quantitative, qualitative)
  • Studies involving surveys
  • Post-Conflict studies


Dinuk is a Visiting Fellow at the Development Policy Centre with a research focus on evaluations, migration and studies using surveys.

Since 2013, Dinuk has been or is currently the principal investigator on research and evaluation projects commissioned by the Australian government and the Asian Development Bank. These include being the technical lead on multiple projects in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.  Between 3,000 to 30,000 people have been interviewed in each country and in most cases, tablet devices have been used to collect data. 

In 2014 and 2015, Dinuk was an advisor to the Asian Development Bank’s Impact Evaluation Committee.  From 2009 to 2011, he was employed at the World Bank Group as a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer. He has consulted on economic and evaluation related issues for the World Bank, IFC, ADB, Australian Aid, the Australian government and multiple Red Cross Societies. He was formerly an accountant at PricewaterhouseCoopers.  Dinuk holds a PhD (focusing on evaluations) and Master in International and Development Economics from ANU and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne.

Researcher's projects

  • Determinants of Public Financial Management Scores; Implications for the Pacific (joint with World Bank, currently under journal review)
  • Violent Experiences and Trust in Post-conflict Sri Lanka (Joint with Princeton University)
  • Are People Safe in Post-Conflict Sri Lanka? (Joint with University of Waikato, currently under journal review)
  • Placing irregular migration from Sri Lanka in a global context (Joint with DIAC)
  • Impediments to accessing disability services in PNG (Joint with Motivation Australia)
  • Impact evaluation of infrastructure rehabilitation and maintenance in Solomon Islands (Joint with Asian Development Bank)



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