Dr. S. N. Morais

Senior Lecturer (G I)

Social Studies
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Colombo Regional Center, Department of Social Studies, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, The Open University of Sri Lanka

Office: 112881221, Ext: 221

Email: nsmor@ou.ac.lk neavismor@yahoo.com

Dr Neavis Morais obtained a PhD in Development Studies from the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand in 2009. Previously completed a MA in Economics from the University of Colombo in 1997, and a BA (Hons) in Economics from the University of Jaffna 1992. His teaching experience consists of teaching at undergraduate level for the past 20 years. The courses include Intermediate Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Development Economics, Comparative Economics, International Economics, and Global Political Economy. Some of these courses are administered in blended methodology using Moodle learning platform. At postgraduate level, teaching modules titled Economics of Development, Contemporary Economic Thought and Public Policy and Social Research Methods. Also, supervise students’ research projects towards producing a dissertation. Serving as an Adjunct Faculty, University of West London. Teaching Business Research Methods for MBA programme for the past 5 years. Also, have supervised 20 students in the research dissertation.

Area of Specialization:

International Economics

Research Intrests:

Micro-finance, Micro-enterprise Development, Livelihoods


Member in Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science and also in Sri Lanka Economic Association.


Consultancies and Research

Undertook research consultancies for the government agencies (ministry of youth affairs), non-government organizations (Oxfam, CARE), International Organisations (UNDP) and private sector in different fields. The nature of research undertaken include, baseline surveys, project impact studies, and national consultative studies for policy formulation.

  • Baseline Study on Illicit Cigarette Market and Tax Implications in Sri Lanka (ongoing)
  • Final Evaluation Report of the project on ‘Empowering Grassroots civil society organizations to protect, collaborate and campaign for human rights – conducted for the Institute of War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) under the Lanka Advocate Project, in 2016
  • UNDP – National Human Development Report (NHDR) of Sri Lanka on the theme of Youth and Development – 2014.
  • Baseline Survey Report of selected villages in Madhu DS division for Livelihood Rehabilitation and Development of the Conflict Affected People in the North of Sri Lanka (2013) Stromme Foundation.
  • Study on Youth Development in Sri Lanka: Challenges, issues and actions (2013), CARE Sri Lanka
  • National Youth Policy Formulation for Sri Lanka (2013). Collaborative project of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Skills Development and The Open University of Sri Lanka.
  • Gendered and Adapted Market Mapping (GAMM) of paddy sector in Eastern Sri Lanka (2013), Oxfam GB.
  • Enhance the disaster resilience of war affected vulnerable communities in the North and East of Sri Lanka: a programme supported by European Commission (DIPECHO). Baseline study (2012).
  • Emergency Market Mapping and Analysis (EMMA) for Credit Market in the Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi districts (2012)
  • Market Assessment of the key livelihood sectors in a post-war setting: Case study of Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu districts (2012)
  • Final Evaluation of the Early Recovery Assistance Programme in the North, implemented by a Consortium of NGOs: World Vision Lanka, Catholic Relief Services and CARE (2011).
  • Post-conflict financial services assessment in the North and East of Sri Lanka (2010), leading to policy briefs for financial institutions, government and donors. It’s a multi-level study which included formal banks, microfinance institutions, cooperatives and CBOs with microfinance components as participants. The study analysed financial services for the livelihood sectors of paddy, livestock and market garden.
  • Developing women friendly financial services – a case study of dairy cooperatives in Vavuniya (2010). The study analysed the question ‘how financial services provision can be made pro-women’.
  • Assessment of Dairy Market Trends in Vavuniya (2009). A market survey to assess consumer preference for fresh milk consumption in Vavuniya district.
  • Assessment of Producer’s Behavioural Changes in the Dairy Development Project in Vavuniya (2008). The study focussed on the question ‘how standard livestock practices were adopted and internalized by the primary producers’.
  • Impact Study on Microfinance 2003-2005, conducted by the Department of Social Studies, Open University of Sri Lanka and University of Lund, Sweden, under the Asia Swedish Research Partnership Program of the SIDA. Principal researcher – Prof. S. S. Colombage
  • Assessment of Awareness on Rehabilitation, Resettlement Practices among the government officers in the five Northern Districts of Sri Lanka (2004). The research was supported by GTZ under ‘Support of the Peace Process in 2004’. Report submitted to the Ministry of Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Refugees.
Course Coordination:

International Economics, Global Political Economy, Development Economics


Books/ Monographs/ Journal Articles

Have published in diverse sub-fields of development studies that include livelihoods market analysis, microfinance, post-conflict economic transformation and youth development. Some of the publications are mentioned below.

  • Co-authored ‘A training manual for Youth Workers” published by the Professional Youth Workers Association (PYWA), Sri Lanka, 2016.
  • Contribution of Microfinance in Women Economic Empowerment: An Empirical Study on Jaffna District in Sri Lanka – Rathiranee Yogendrarajah, Semasinghe, D.M, Morais, N. Caarmel Journal of Management Research, Vol. 3  Issue 1  January 2015.
  • Co-authored the National Human Development Report for Sri Lanka (2014), UNDP, Sri Lanka.
  • Emergency Market Mapping and Analysis (EMMA) for Credit Market in the selected districts in the north of Sri Lanka (2013), Oxfam
  • Morais, N. & Ahmad, M. M. (2010) Sustaining Livelihood in complex emergencies: Experiences of Sri Lanka. Development in Practice. Vol 20, no.1, pp 5-17.
  • Morais, N. & Ahmed, M. M. (2011). NGO-Led Microcredit Interventions in Conflict Affected Areas: Potentials and Challenges. Journal of International Development 23: 629–640
  • Morais, N. (2008) Creating Financial Services in Conflict Affected Areas: A Critical Analysis. VISTAS – Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences. Volume 4. Open University of Sri Lanka.

Papers presented

Presented research papers in many national and international research conferences, conducted both locally and abroad.

  • Youth Policy Development Process in Sri Lanka: How inclusive it can be? by S. N. Morais and N. S. Abeysinghe. A paper presented at the conference on the theme of Inclusive governance of youth in South Asia, Kathmandu, Nepal, 26-28 February 2014.
  • Challenges in promoting and professionalizing youth work in Sri Lanka, by N. S. Abeysinghe and S. N. Morais. The 1st Commonwealth Conference on Education and Training of Youth Workers, South Africa, 18-20 March 2013, organized by the University of South Africa, Pretoria.
  • Income diversification in the plantation households: a strategy to rise above socio-economic deprivation, by A. Pushparani and N. Morais. Jaffna University International Conference (JUICE) 2012, July 20-21.
  • Developing Women-friendly Financial Services: A Case Study of Livestock Breeders Cooperatives in Vavuniya District, Sri Lanka. By Morais, N. Mangaleswaran, T. and Jeyaseelan, G. Annual Research Conference of the University of Jaffna – Knowledge for Reconciliation and Redevelopment – held on 15 November 2010, Jaffna.
  • Promoting Access to Financial Services in Post-Conflict Sri Lanka: What Can Donors Do?. Morais, N. Mangaleswaran, T. and Sounderalingam, A. International conference – Reflections 2010: Managing Diversity, Reconciliation and Development, 1st & 2nd November 2010, Colombo.
  • Dairy Market Trends in Vavuniya: Identifying Potentials and Challenges in a Post-conflict setting. Mangaleswaran.T, Morais.N, and Jeyaseelan.G. International Conference on Business & Information 2010 (4th June). Faculty of Commerce & Management Studies, University of Kelaniya.
  • Sustaining livelihood in Conflict affected areas: Experiences of Sri Lanka. A paper presented at the Vavuniya Campus Annual Academic Session, 11th November 2008
  • Practice Change as a Local Economic Development Strategy: A market Access perspective. Paper presented at the Vavuniya Campus Annual Academic Session, 11th November 2008.
  • Uplifting Socio-economic conditions of the Internally Displaced Persons in the North of Sri Lanka. A Joint paper by Chandrabose, Morais and Abeysinghe presented at the Annual Academic Sessions of Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Open University, 2003.
Research Supervisions:

Research Supervision

Supervised research leading to master’s level dissertations and doctoral thesis.

  • Access to Finance and Microenterprise Development for Economic Advancement of Youth: – A study leading to PhD (ongoing)
  • Socio-cultural factors affecting turnover in apparel industry: a study on selected BOI approved garment enterprises – Umanga (2017)
  • Labour turnover intention in the apparel industry: A study on selected BOI approved garment enterprises – Mampitiya (2017)
  • Impact of tariffs on export industry: A study of selected exports in Sri Lanka – Virantha Wijeappuhamy (2016)
  • Women Empowerment through Micro Credit on Self-employment – Study based on Post Conflict Areas in Northern Sri Lanka. Dissertation for PhD in the University of Kelaniya. Rathiranee Yogendrarajah (2015)
  • Capital Market Governance: A study on the Colombo Stock Exchange. G. K. N. Chaminda (2015)
  • The role of microfinancial services in the livelihoods of small scale fishermen: A case study of selected coastal villages in Negombo by K. C. Premachandra (2014)
  • Dairy livelihood contribution to household economic resilience: A case study of Nedunkerny DS division in Vavuniya District by Sivaganga Sivasubramaniam (2014)
  • Innovative finance for development: a case of infrastructure and health sectors in Sri Lanka, by Skantharupa (2014)
  • Microenterprise development and livelihood recovery of the conflict affected households: A case study of women micro entrepreneurs from Batticaloa district Sri Lanka, by J. Prehashini (2013)
  • Paddy marketing systems and their impact on small paddy farmers in Ampara district, by Jeyapalan (2013).
  • Women Empowerment through Micro credit and Self Employment: A Study on Sri Lankan Context, by Budhika Aththanayaka (2013)
  • Multi-level factors affecting livelihood diversification in the post-war context: A case study of Thunukai DS division in Mullaitivu, by Jezeer Ahamed, December 2012.
  • Microfinance for livelihood recovery of the Tsunami affected people in the Eastern Province: A study about donor policies by Sharon Croos, December 2012
  • A study on the Income Diversification Patterns of Plantation Workers in Sri Lanka. A dissertation by Ayathurai Pushparani, for the Degree of Master of Arts in Development Studies and Public Policy, September 2011.


MBA Dissertations supervised– University of West London


  • The Nexus between Corporate Governance and Risk Management: A study on selected business organizations in Sri Lanka – Mohamed Ibrahim Hameem (2018)
  • A study of the disclosure practices of sustainability reporting: An analysis of selected business organizations in Sri Lanka – Dilrukshi Abeyratne (2018)
  • A study of the negative impact on relationship management when carrying out automated performance appraisal, Sashin Kumarasinghe (2017)
  • The Relationship between Privatisation and Performance of State Owned Financial Institutions in Sri Lanka: In light of Changes in Capital Structure, Risk Appetite and Staff Retrenchment by Rukmal Devinda (2017)
  • Cost Saving for the Consumer in Purchasing Through Mobile Phone Applications by Schumela Perera, (2016)
  • Factors influencing employee motivation in the plantation industry in Sri Lanka by Kemini (2016)
  • Promotional offers, Brand loyalty & Factors affecting decision to purchase. – A study in the airline industry. Ny Eranjith Gemunu Abeyaratne (2016)
  • Causes of High Level of Turnover Intention in Sri Lankan BPO Industry – Danushke Kariyapperuma, 2016
  • Influence of individual perceptions on clothing purchasing decisions among young females – By Dilini, 2016
  • Factors Affecting the Private Sector Patient Satisfaction of The Dialysis Treatment System of Sri Lanka, by Chaturanga 2016
  • Organizational Cultures impact on employee’s Career Development in IT sector – Chalani (2016)
  • A  study of transformation leadership and job satisfaction among teachers in private tertiary education institutions in Sri Lanka – Aushyani Kumari (2015)
  • Student perceptions towards Vocational Education in  Sri Lanka, by Shihani,(2015)
  • Sustainable and Collaborative Supply Chain Management: A case study of fresh fruit supply in super markets (2015) by Vageesha Fernando
  • Professional development n teacher motivation: A study on professional development programm in the Maldives (2015) by Naiween Abdulla.
  • Effects of Team Role Balance on Team Performance in Corporate Real Estate: Project Design Team Perspective (2015) by Aashik H.A.M
  • Measuring the impact of securing employee commitment through improving engagement and communication (2015) by Edmund Praveen
  • Why investors do not respond to profitability changes in organizations? A study on selected business organizations. (2015) by Nilushi Kasthuri
  • e-books and how it will impact the book publishing industry (2015) by Jonikku Hewa Sashika Prabuddhi
  • Impact of student perceptions, Resource distribution, Employer requirement on skill mismatch in Sri Lankan market (2015) by Vinya Shihani
  • How to best utilize employees’ social media addictions to improve organizational performance (2015) by Sajith Prasanga Nawarathne


As an academic and a researcher, I had many opportunities to attend conferences and participate in workshops conducted abroad, and I have contributed to international publications and policy papers.


  • Commonwealth Higher Education Youth Work Consortium (CHEYWC) Technical Workshop – June 2018, London, United Kingdom.
  • 9th Youth Ministers’ Conference in Kampala, Uganda, 31st July to 4th August 2017, participated in the stakeholders’ forum.
  • Conference on Inclusive Governance of Youth in South Asia organized by South Asia Institute of Heidelberg in Kathmandu, Nepal, 26-28 Feb 2014.
  • Global Development Network (GDN) 14th Annual Development Conference: Inequality, Social Protection and Inclusive Growth, June 19-21, 2013, Asian Development Bank Headquarters, Manila, Philippines.
  • Regional Consultation Workshop on Water Interventions for Improving Small Farming and Rural Livelihoods in Asia – Final Consultation Workshop, 26-27 March, 2013, organized by Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), IFAD, and Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok, Thailand.
  • The first commonwealth conference on Education and Training on Youth Workers, South Africa, 18-20, March 2013.
  • Water Interventions for Smallholder Farming and Rural Livelihoods in Asia – Regional Consultation Workshop, 24-26 January 2012, organized by Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), IFAD, and Asian Institute of Technology (AIT).
  • Seventh Refresher Course in Public Economics for University Teachers in South Asia Region – May 23 to June 17, 2011. National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP), New Delhi. Organized by NIPFP and Indira Gandhi National Open University
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