Dr. T.W.M. Tilak Wijethunga Bandara
Senior Lecturer 
 

Office Address: 

Department of Geography,
University of Peradeniya,
Peradeniya,
Sri Lanka.

 Email: 

twmtilak@pdn.ac.lk

Telephone: 

0094777179630    0094714460893

Personal Website: 
 
 
Biography:
  • Dr. T.W.M.T.W.Bandara, a  Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geography, had his secondary education in Poramadulla Central College, Haguranketha. He completed his B.A Special Degree in Geography from University of Peradeniya and he completed his M.Phil Degree from Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway. He obtained his Ph.D. from University of Madras, India.  His Ph.D thesis is titled "POLICY CHANGES IN FOREST RESOURCES MANAGEMENT IMPACTING ON LOCAL LIVELIHOOD" (A CASE STUDY OF THE KNUCKLES FOREST RANGE IN SRI LANKA). His research interests are in the fields of Environmental Management, Natural Resource Management, Community Forestry in Tropical Region and Social impact Assessment.
Educational Qualifications:
  • Bachelor of Arts (Special) Honours in Geography 2 nd Class Upper Division, University of Peradeniya , Peradeniya , Sri Lanka 1996.
  • Master of Philosophy in Social Change Discipline: Geography, The Faculty of Social Science and Technology Management, Norwegian University of Science and Technology , Norway 2002
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Geography Department of Geography, Faculty of Earth Science and Atmospheric Studies, University of Madras, Chennai.
Appointments (Selected) :
  • Faculty Seminar Coordinator, Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya from November 2009 up to now.
  • Academic Seminar Coordinator, Center for Distance and Continue Education (CDCE), University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya
  • Sri Lanka Geography Teachers Association Coordinator from 2010 up to now. Department of Geography, University of Peradeniya.
  • Geography Teachers Certificate Course Coordinator from 2011 up to now, Department of Geography, University of Peradeniya. 
  • Warden, James Peris Hall, University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka From 2011.
  • Coordinator of Foundation Course, Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya.
  • Visiting Lecturer, Community Forestry, Department of Geography, University of Ruhuna, Matara, 2010/201.
  • Visiting Lecturer, Geography Teaching Methods, Department of Education, University of Peradeniya, 2011.
  • Senior Treasurer, Soba Sansadaya, University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. From 2006 up to now.
Memberships & Awards :
  • Awarded ISLE Wilhelm Fellowship.
  • Member of the National Net work of Gender and Energy
  • Member of the National Network of Gender and Energy, Regional Wood Energy Development Programme in Asia, Bangkok, Thailand form 2003.
Research Intersests :
  • Natural Resource Management, Environment and community Development, Forest Resource Management
Research Publications :
  • Challenges imposed on the Environment by Modern Development , Magazine: Adahasa Jan 1997 (vol 12)
  • Presented and Published Research Paper on Challenges and Opportunities in the Coastal Region of Nord-Trndelag: The Case of Vikna, Norway at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology,  Trondheim, Norway, 2001
  • Presented and Published Research Paper on Patterns of Forest Resource Utilization and Livelihood Changes in Forest Peripheral Areas in Sri Lanka at the International Conference on Sustainable Development and Management of Natural Resources, 15-17 March 2003, Holy Cross College, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Publish Research Paper on Bio-Diversity and Bio-Diversity Conservation Iduwara Research Book, Publish by Ariya prakasakayo, Warakapola Sri Lanka, 2005.
  • Presented and Publish Paper on Geo-information for Disaster Management for Sri Lanka, National Workshop on Applied Geochemistry in Environmental Studies, Organized by Center for Natural hazard and Disaster Studies University of Madras and Indian Society of Applied Geochemists, India, 2008.
  • Presented and Publish Paper on Changes in Land Use pattern and Their Consequences (A Case study in Kothmale Oya Catchment), Peradeniya University Research Sessions, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 2008.
  • Presented and Publish paper on Biomass Energy: Present Status Future Opportunities and Challenges in Sri Lanka. International Symposium on Contemporary Social Issues and Development, Department of Social Sciences, South Eastern University of Sri Lanka, 2008.
  • Presented and publish paper and poster on Economic Impact of Conservation of Knuckles Forests on Rural Communities in the Periphery, International Forestry and Environment Symposium, Department of Forest and Environment Science, University of Sri Jayawardanapura, Sri Lanka, 2008.
  • Research paper on Poverty and local livelihoods in Ududumbara area Sri lanka, The Indian Geographical Journal, Volume 83,  2008
  • Present and publish abstract on Conservation of Natural Resources in the Knuckles Forest Ranges and its Impact on Local Livelihoods, National Geography Conference, Department of Geography, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 2009
  • Presented and Publish paper on The Impact on Rural Poverty on Human Development in Kandy District in Sri Lanka ( Case study in Ududumbara), International Conference on Health, Equity and Human Rights, Indian Association for Social Sciences and Health, School of Social Sciences and International Studies, Pondicherry University, India, 2009.
  • Presented and publish paper on Gender Dimension of Biomass Market chain in South Asia,  (Joining with Emeritus Prof. Anoja Wickramasinghe, Department of Geography, University of Peradeniya) International seminar  on Policy Innovation System for clean energy security, Browns Beach Hotel, Negombo, Sri Lanka,  21st October 2009.
  • Presented and Publish extended abstract on The impact on forest conservation policy on Local livelihoods (Case study in Knuckles forest range in Sri lanka), Peradeniya University Research Sessions, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 2009.
  • Presented and Publish extended abstract on The impact on forest conservation policy on Local livelihoods (Case study in Knuckles forest range in Sri lanka), Peradeniya University Research Sessions, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 2009.
  • Presented and Publish abstract on The impact on rural poverty on human development in the Kandy District. National Geography Conference, University of Ruhuna, Sri lanka, 2010.
  • Presented and Publish abstract on Social and environmental factors in the promosion of eco-tourism in Knuckles forest range. National Geography Conference, University of Ruhuna, Sri lanka, 2010
  • Presented and Publish extended abstract on Environmental and socio-economic role of spice gardens (case study in the Matale District), Peradeniya University Research Sessions, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 2010.
  • Publish research Paper on The impact of cultural heritage to change the Kandian landscape, Sarathi edited book, Central province, Cultural Department, 2010.
  • Publish Research article on the Factors and experiences of landslide in central Sri Lanka, Govisaviya, Central Province Agriculture and Irrigation Department, Gatabe, Peradeniya, 2010.
  • Presented and publish Abstract on A Preliminary Assessment of the Economic Impact of Conservation of Knuckles Range of Forest on Rural Communities in the Vicinity, International conference on Post-War Economic Development through Science, Technology and Management, on 19th 21st April 2011 at South Eastern University of Sri Lanka, 2011.
  • Presented and publish Abstract on Variability of Rainfall Distribution in Cuddalor District, Tamil Nadu, International conference on Post-War Economic Development through Science, Technology and Management, on 19th 21st April 2011 at South Eastern University of Sri Lanka, 2011. 
  • Publish text book on Physical Geography (2011), Ruchira Printers, No.210, Daulagala Road, Panideniya.
Other Credentials :
  • International Training Programme on Renewable Energy in Local National and Global context with Socio economic Perspectives. Integrated Research and action for Development (IRADe) New Delhi India - 2004.
  • National Training Workshop on the Integration of Energy and Rural development Policies and programmes, Organized by Energy Conservation Fund, Ministry of Power and Energy, Sri lanka, Sponsored by United Nation Economic and Social Commission for the Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP).
  • Training Programme on Human Consequences of Climate Change. The Commonwealth Geographical Bureau and University of Colombo Sri Lanka - 2005.
  • International Training Programme on Renewable Energy, Sponsored by the Ministry of Commerce and Organized by the Biogas Institute of Ministry of Agriculture from August 15th to September 23rd, 2005 in Chengdu, the peoples republic of China.
  • Workshop on Advance Research Methodologies in Social Sciences and Humanities, Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya December 2005
  • National Training on Integration of Energy and Rural Development Policies and Programmes Undertaken by University of Peradeniya in Collaboration with the Energy Conservation Fund of the Ministry of  Power and Energy, Sri Lanka -  2006. 
  • Training Programme on Teaching Methodology,  Staff Development Center, University of Peradeniya -  January to June 2006.
  • International Workshop on Risk Assessment of Floods and Landslides, Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya and Institution of Engineers of Sri Lanka in Association with Asian Disaster Preparedness Center and International Institute for Infrastructure Renewal and Reconstruction March 2007.    
  • Refresher Course in Geography, Batch I on the Theme Environmental Management. Indian UGC Sponsored Refresher Course, University Grants Commission Academic Staff Collage, University of Madras, Chennai February 2008
  • Workshop on Applied Geochemistry in Environmental Studies, Center for Natural Hazard and Disaster Studies and Indian Society of Applied Geochemists, University of Madras, Chennai February 2008.
  • National Seminar on Geo-informatics for Natural Resource Management, Department of Geography, University of Madras February 2008
  • Participate for International Seminar on Rural Communities: Problems and Challenges, University of Madras Chennai March 2008.
  • Indo-German workshop on Livelihoods and Vulnerability, Department of Geography, University of Madras March 2008.
  • Participate for International Conference on Health, Equity and Human Rights, Indian Association for Social Sciences and Health, School of Social Sciences and International Studies, Pondicherry University, India, 2009. 
  • Participate for the Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN) 16th Inter-Governmental Meeting (IGM) Scientific Planning Group (SPG) Meeting and Associated Committee Meeting, 6th of April to 8th of April 2011 at Crystal Lower Hall, Hotel Taj Samudra, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  • Socio-Economic Consultant, EIA, IEE and SIA projects. 

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