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Danusha Jayawardana is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Health Economics, Monash University.

Her current research focuses on mental health, economics of child and adolescent development and healthcare service use. Her other research interests extend to broad areas of Applied Microeconometrics and Development Economics, with a particular focus on adverse effects of issues such as child labour, child marriage in developing countries, and the effectiveness of social protection programs in addressing such issues. 

Danusha received her PhD in Economics from the University of Adelaide in 2020 and was awarded the Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence. Prior to joining Monash, Danusha was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Queensland.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Research area keywords

  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Child Development
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Health Economics
  • Applied Econometrics

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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