Staff Profile

Dr Rozana Himaz

Senior Lecturer in Economics

Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics

Location:  C221, Wheatley

Telephone:  +44 (0) 1865 482929


 About Rozana

Rozana is an applied economist who read for her Ph. D. in Economics at the University of Cambridge, M.Sc in Economic History at the London School of Economics (LSE) and Bachelor of Economics (Honours), First Class degree at the University of Sydney, Australia. Before joining Brookes she worked at the University of Oxford for seven years in several roles: Lecturer in Economics, Queens College, Oxford, Economics Department sub-faculty, Research Fellow at the Department of Politics and International Relations, Oxford and Research Fellow with the Young Lives project, Oxford Department of International Development. She has also worked at the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Cambridge for two years and as a Research Economist for 4 years at the Institute of Policy Studies in Sri Lanka. She is currently a Consultant at the University of Oxford and has worked as a Consultant for the World Bank, ILO and Asian Development Bank.

Teaching Expertise and Experience

Rozana has over 15 years of teaching economics at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She taught micro, macro, econometrics and development economics at Oxford, Cambridge, LSE and the University of Sydney.


Rozana is an applied economist whose main research interests are on issues pertaining to welfare, policy impact evaluation and political economics. Her work is empirical in nature using large household datasets and longitudinal data. She is currently collaborating with Prof. Christopher Hood (Oxford) to produce an account of fiscal squeeze in the UK over the past 100 years.

Research Publications (Selected)

Himaz, R and H. Aturupane (2015) Returns to Education in Sri Lanka: A Pseudo Panel Approach, Education Economics

Hood, C, D. Heald and R. Himaz eds. (2014) When the Party's Over: The Politics of Fiscal Squeeze in Perspective , Oxford University Press

Himaz, R (2013), Impact of parental death in Middle Childhood and Adolescence on Child Outcomes, Journal of African Economics, Vol 22, Issue 3 463-490

Himaz, R (2010) Intrahousehold allocation of education expenditure in rural Sri Lanka, Economic Development and Cultural Change, 58:2, January 2010

Himaz, R (2009) Persistent stunting in middle childhood: the case of Andhra Pradesh using longitudinal data, IDS Special Bulletin, Volume 40, Issue 4, 2009

Himaz, R (2008) Welfare grants and child wellbeing: the case of Sri Lanka, World Development Volume 36, Issue 10, October 2008, Pages 1843-1857

Research Grants/ Scholarships

2011 US$ 16000 (approx), World Bank to support research on returns to education over time based on pseudo-panel data

2010 US $ 9000 (approx), World Bank to support the writing of a technical paper

2002-2003 £5000 Montague Burton Award, Faculty of Economics and Politics, Cambridge

2002-2004 £5000 Cambridge Political Economy Trust Award

2003 £600 Smuts Fund Scholarship, University of Cambridge

2000 £500 Luca D'Agliano Award, University of Cambridge

2001/2004 £1300 Jesus College travel grant/St. John's College travel and conference grant

2000/2001 £6000 London School of Economics merit scholarship towards tuition fees

2000 US $ 3000, International Labour Organisation to write a paper on the national poverty alleviation programme Samurdhi in Sri Lanka

1998 US $ 10000, World Bank to write a technical paper on public policies to support the private sector in Sri Lanka

1993-1996 £50000 AUSAid John Crawford Merit Full Scholarship, University of Sydney.