School of Earth and Environmental Sciences


Dr Premachandra Wattage

  • Role Title: Visiting Research Fellow
  • Address: School of Earth & Environmental Sciences Burnaby Building Burnaby Road Portsmouth PO1 3QL, UK
  • Telephone: +44 7941866824
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  • Department: School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Faculty: Faculty of Science


Dr. Wattage previously worked as a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Economics and Management of Aquatic Resources (CEMARE) at the University of Portsmouth. In addition to research, he taught courses on Ecosystem Valuation, Fisheries Development, Econometrics, Quantitative Economics and Environmental Economics. He has worked on several development projects funded by the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, DFID and the FAO of the UNDP. He has enhanced his post graduate education with more than ten years of teaching and research experience in the area of Agricultural Development Economics in developing countries. Over the last fifteen years, he has gained experience and knowledge in the areas of coastal and water resource evaluation, environmental policy and analysis, environmental impact assessment, bio-diversity conservation, ecological & economic modelling, forest & wildlife management in the UK, USA, European Union and developing countries. He has a BS (Hons) degree in Economics and Statistics (University of Sri Lanka), Post-graduate Diploma in Statistics (University of Sri Jayawardenapura), MS degree in Agricultural Development economics (Australian National University), and PhD in Resource Economics and Water Resources (Iowa State University).  


Dr. Wattage specialises natural resource economics with modelling and econometric applications. He has worked on numerous aquatic and natural resources projects as a team leader, scientific coordinator, consultant and partner. Some of the more significant projects include the Lake Red Rock water quality assessment (USA), Artificial wetland development (Coachella Valley, USA), River Aire water quality improvement (UK), Economic valuation including non-use value of water development (Bangladesh), DFID/FAO Research Scoping study in the Mekong Region (South-East Asia), Value of sustainable fisheries (UK and Denmark), Effectiveness of wetlands conservation (Sri Lanka), Value of coral reef protection in Hikkaduma, (Sri Lanka), Millennium Development Goals & Aquaculture: Indicators to evaluate the conservation of the resource base for Poverty Reduction (Asia), Value of pollution reduced salmon (Scotland), Capacity management of fisheries vessels (Café) in EU, Valuing the role of living aquatic resources to rural livelihoods in multiple-use seasonally inundated wetlands for improved governance (China), Investing in fish (UK), Policy research for sustainable shrimp farming in Asia: A comparative analysis of Bangladesh, India, Thailand and Vietnam (PORESSFA), Channel integrated Approach for marine Resource Management (CHARM) in EU, Marine Protected Areas as a tool for ecosystem conservation and fisheries management, (PROTECT) in EU and Project on “Information System on the Eutrophication of our Coastal Areas; INTERREG IVA 2 Seas (ISECA).

Most importantly, he possesses a specialist technical knowledge of coasts, water, forests, wetlands, coral reefs, aquatic resources and climate change issues in both developing and developed countries. He has published a number of peer-reviewed papers based on his most research activities.


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