Professor (Economics), Chair of Academic Council
PhD (Economics), University of Newcastle, 1988
After graduating from the University of Ceylon, Kumar was awarded a scholarship to continue his studies (a Master of Arts in Economics) at the University of Manchester. He returned to Sri Lanka and worked as an economist before migrating to Australia. With a PhD from the University of Newcastle, Kumar embarked on a 25-year-long career lecturing at Murdoch University in Perth. In 2004, he became the foundation professor at Sheridan where he has continued to lecture in the Faculty of Business. Over the course of his life, Kumar has made significant contributions to the community, serving on local and international committees, and working as an economist and consultant for national and international organisations (such as the International Labour Organisation and the Asian Development Bank). He was a member of the Indian Ocean Research Group and the Asia Research Centre and has authored over 70 publications (book chapters, refereed journal articles, and conference papers). His leadership on so many fronts (including Sheridan’s Academic Council) has been invaluable.