Vela Velupillai

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Kumaraswamy (Vela) Velupillai
Born(1947-09-25)September 25, 1947
New School for Social Research, Italy
Doctoral advisorRichard Goodwin

Kumaraswamy (Vela) Velupillai (born 1947) is an academic economist and a Senior Visiting Professor at the

New School for Social Research in New York City and Professore di Chiara Fama in the Department of Economics at the University of Trento, Italy.[1]

Current work

His work is almost entirely devoted to

constructive mathematics


His high school education was at

Royal College Colombo. He obtained his undergraduate degree from the Faculty of Engineering at Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan; he obtained a master's degree in economics at the Department of Economics, University of Lund, Lund, Sweden and a PhD in economics at Cambridge University (King's College). His PhD supervisor, initially, was Lord Kaldor and, subsequently, and decisively, Richard Goodwin

Academic posts

He has held tenured and visiting appointments at the European University Institute, Fiesole, Italy, UCLA, the People's University in Beijing and several other European Universities and Research Institutions. He is the founder of the Algorithmic Social Sciences Research Unit[2] at the University of Trento.

A Festschrift in Vela Velupillai's honour, Computable, Constructive and Behavioural Economic Dynamics,[3] edited by Stefano Zambelli, was published by Routledge. A Special Issue of the journal New Mathematics and Natural Computation, edited by Shu-Heng, in honour of Vela Velupillai, was published in March 2012.


He lists, in an autobiographical statement, those who have influenced him, in his visions of economics. They are, primarily, the following:

Key books

Main articles

International Awards, Fellowships, Memberships & Prizes


  • Elected Member, Turing Centenary Advisory Committee (TCAC), December, 2010[5]
  • Elected to give the Herbert Simon Lectures at the National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan, March, 2010.
  • Elected to give the Krishna Bharadwaj Lecture, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India, March, 2010.
  • Elected Foreign Member, Moral Sciences Division of the Juridical, Political and Economic Sciences, Istituto Lombardo, Italy, July, 2010.
  • Awarded the ‘2009 Nord-Sud Fondazione Pescarabbruzzo Prize’[6] for the Social Sciences, Fondazione Pescarabbruzzo, Pescara, Italy, October, 2009.
  • Elected Foreign Corresponding Member of the Brazilian Academy of Philosophy, 17 April 2006.
  • Elected to give the Laudatio Lecture in Honour of Richard Day, Max Planck Institute, Jena, May, 2008.
  • Elected to a Visiting Fellowship, Peterhouse, Cambridge, 2001.
  • Honorary Professor, Queen’s University of Belfast, Belfast, UK, 1998-2003.
  • Standing Senior Visiting Professor, Madras School of Economics, Chennai, India, 1998 --.
  • Distinguished Invited Lecturer, Central Bank of Uruguay, Montevideo, Uruguay, 1998.
  • Elected to give the Arne Ryde Lectures, University of Lund, Sweden, 1994.
  • US National Science Foundation/Ford Foundation Visiting Professorship at the People’s University, Beijing, China, 1988.
  • C.O.R.E, Research Fellowship, Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium, 1977/78.

Distinguished students

  • Stefano Zambelli
  • Shu-Heng Chen
  • Francesco Luna
  • Serena Sordi
  • Stephen Kinsella
  • Navaneethakrishnan Dharmaraj
  • Venkatachalam Ragupathy
  • Ying-Fang Kao (Selda Kao)
  • Ilker Aslantepe
  • Isabella Weber
  • Rocío Palacios


  1. ^ a b "CURRICULUM VITAE : Kumaraswamy (Vela) Velupillai" (PDF). Retrieved 2017-02-23.
  2. ^ "CURRICULUM VITAE : Kumaraswamy (Vela) Velupillai" (PDF). Retrieved 2017-02-23.
  3. ^ "Computable, Constructive and Behavioural Economic Dynamics: Essays in Honour of Kumaraswamy (Vela) Velupillai (Hardback)". Routledge. Retrieved 2017-02-23.
  4. ^ "Origins and Pioneers of Behavioural Economics", "Interdisciplinary Journal of Economics and Business Law", Vol.1, Issue.3, 47-73, 2012. (with Ying-Fang Kao)
  5. ^ "The Alan Turing Year - 2012 Turing Centenary". Retrieved 2017-02-23.
  6. ^ "Premio NORDSUD". Archived from the original on 9 October 2011. Retrieved 17 January 2022.