Personal details

Dr Sharmila Gamlath
STEM Educator (Maths & Statistics)
Academic Division,
Education Portfolio,
Student Success Group
Discipline *
Applied Economics, Other Education, Statistics
+61 7 3138 5099
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PhD (Queensland University of Technology), Master of Science in Business Statistics (University of Moratuwa)

Professional memberships
and associations

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Dr Sharmila Gamlath is currently a Senior Lecturer with QUT’s Student Success Group. In her role as Maths and Statistics Educator for the QUT Business School, she fosters the academic success of students  in the QUT Business School and across the university by supporting them to acquire the mathematical and quantitative skills to undertake their studies successfully. An economist by training, Sharmila’s research expertise lies in the area of  dynamic macroeconomic modelling approach, with a particular focus on issues relating to human capital accumulation, economic growth and inequality. She also undertakes research on the allied area of  human development where she examines themes such as the measurement of human development and the intricate linkages between people-centered development and other socio-political aspects. In her present role with the Student Success Group, Sharmila regularly undertakes research on higher education and learning and teaching matters. Her research interests in this space span topics such as peer learning among university students, student satisfaction and higher education finance.

Sharmila’s teaching career spans over fifteen years across the secondary and tertiary levels both in Australia and overseas. In these positions she taught a variety of subject areas including economics, management, statistics and mathematics. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK and has undertaken a range of training and professional development in learning and teaching including completing the Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice at QUT in 2018. In recognition of Sharmila’s teaching contribution, she received a QUT Vice Chancellor’s Performance Award in 2015. She was also part of QUT’s STIMulate Program that won an Australian Award for University Teaching as well as two Wharton Reimagine Awards in 2016.

This information has been contributed by Dr Sharmila Gamlath.


November 2017-present

Maths and Statistics Educator for QUT Business School
Student Success Group, Learning and Teaching Unit, QUT

This role involves supporting students in the QUT Business School and across the university acquire the mathematical and quantitative skills to undertake their studies successfully through workshops, peer enabled support, development of online resources and individual consultations. In addition to support programs targeting specific units with quantitative content, Sharmila has also developed a number of generic workshop series to upskill students in Maths and Excel.

July 2018-present

Unit Coordinator and Lecturer
School of Economics and Finance, QUT Business School
In addition to her substantive role with the Student Success Group, Sharmila has co-ordinated EFB330: Intermediate Macroeconomics in the second semester since 2018 in order to remain actively engaged in Economics teaching.

February 2016-November 2017

Associate Lecturer (Learning Support Maths)
STIMulate, QUT

This role was attached to a university-wide programme called STIMulate which supports QUT students in the areas of maths, science and IT. As assistant co-ordinator of the STIMulate maths programme, Sharmila conducted  workshops for students on mathematics and statistics. This role also involved higher education research as well as mentoring peer learning facilitators attached to the STIMulate program.

July 2013-February 2016

Sessional academic and PhD candidate
School of Economics and Finance, QUT Business School 

While working on her PhD thesis at the School of Economics and Finance, Sharmila worked as a sessional academic for units spanning all three years of the Economics major such as BSB113 (Economics 1), BSB 123 (Data Analysis), EFB223 (Economics 2), EFB331 (Intermediate Microeconomics) and EFB338 (Economics Capstone).

June 2004-February 2016

Teacher and Lecturer

During this period, Sharmila worked as a teacher and lecturer at various educational institutions in Sri Lanka and also operated as an independent educator. From August 2010 to February 2012, she was a senior lecturer at the Mercury Institute of Management, where she lectured several economics subjects in the University of London International programme as well as Fundamentals of Business Economics for the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) UK programme, the Accountant in Business module in the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) UK programme and the Economics module in the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) USA programme. Prior to this, she held the position of Teacher in Economics at the Colombo International School as well as several teaching positions at the Royal Institute of Colombo.





This information has been contributed by Dr Sharmila Gamlath.


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.


Current supervisions

  • Essays on Uncertainty
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Radhika Lahiri

Completed supervisions (Doctorate)