Dr. Rekha Nianthi obtained her first degree, B.A. (hons.) with a First Class in Geography from the University of Peradeniya. She received her M.Sc from Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand, supported by the NORAD Scholarship, and obtained the PhD in Geography (Applied Climatology) from NEHU, India in 2005. She is currently a Senior Lecturer.
Her main research interests are in Climatological studies especially climate change adaptation (including tank cascade studies) research in Sri Lanka. She also serves as consultant for various National and International Projects. She authored more than 60 research papers (including paper presentations, published abstracts, and unpublished reports). Some of them have been published in international publications and presented papers at National and International Conferences. She has been awarded a certificate for the book titled on "Global Warming and Climate Change" (Sinhala version) and certified as a library book for schools, by the Central Province of Ministry of Education, in Sri Lanka, in 2003. Dr. Nianthi has been awarded a "Presidential Scholarship" by the Sri Lanka Government for "Foreign Short Term Training Program" conducted at the Mainz University, Germany in 2005. She was the Visiting Scholar in International Environment and Disaster Management Laboratory of Kyoto University, Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, under the "Start-up Research Grant" of Kyoto University, Japan in 2006. She was appointed as the project leader of the Building Resilience to Tsunami in the Indian Ocean: A joint project of ADRRN (Asian Disaster Reduction and Response Network) and Kyoto University, Supported by UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) and EU, in 2007/08. She is a member of the "Asian University Network of Environment and Disaster Management" (AUEDM) and also a member of editorial board of the "Asian Journal of Environment and Disaster Management" (AJEDM) since 2009.
- BA Hons in Geography (Peradeniya)
- MSc (AIT), Bangkok, Thailand
- Ph.D (NEHU), India
- Chairperson/ Board of Study: Social Science CDCE: Centre for Distance and Continuing Education University of Peradeniya, Since 2009
- Project leader ISDR project: "Addressing the building resilience to tsunami in the Indian Ocean": A joint project of ADRRN, UN-ISDR and EU Kyoto University CES, University of Peradeniya2008/09
- Project Leader The project on: An assessment of the demand for the Telecommunication services in Kandy District Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (TRC), Through the University of Peradeniya2007/2008
- Consultant of the Knowledge Forum: Research and dissemination of knowledge, Central Province Library Service Board Association, Since 2010
- Climate change and adaptation, Small tank cascade studies, Flood risk identification and Management, Post Disaster Impact Assessment (PDIA)
- Rekha Nianthi, KWG. and Mohapatra, A.C.,(2009), "Perceptions of the paddy communities` towards climate change in the dry zone of Sri Lanka", Asian Journal of Environment and Disaster Management (AJEDM) , Focusing on Pro-active Risk Reduction in Asia, (eds) Rajib Shaw and Krishnamurthy, Research Publishing Service, Volume: I, Singapore, pp.167-181.
- Rekha Nianthi, KWG. and Rajib Shaw, ( 2009) "Climate Change Research in Sri Lanka", Interdisciplinary essays in honour of Professor Madduma Bandara, In Traversing no man`s land, (eds) Nalani Hennayake, Rekha Nianthi, Nawfhal Samad, Ram Alagan, Kumarihamy, Managing editor, S. Madduma Bandara, Godage International Publishers (PVT) LTD, Colombo, pp.81-108.
- Rekha Nianthi, KWG. and Rajib Shaw, (2009), "Meteorological Disasters on Agriculture", In Disaster Management, Global Challenges and Local Solution , In Rajib Shaw and Krishnamurthy R., (eds), University Press, India, pp.488-505.
- Rekha Nianthi, KWG. and P.B. Dharmasena, ( 2009), "Indigenous knowledge of farming practices and water management in the dry zone of Sri Lanka", In Indigenous Knowledge and Disaster Risk Reduction, From Practice to Policy , Edited by Rajib Shaw, Anshu Sharma, and Yukiko Takeuchi, Nova Science Publisher, inc, New York, pp. 329-348.
- Rekha Nianthi, KWG. & Shantha Jayakumara, (2010), " Progress of Research on Cascade Irrigation Systems of Sri Lanka" , Water Communities, Community, Environment and Disaster Risk Management , Volume 02, (eds), Rajib Shaw and Danai Thaitakoo, Emerald Publisher, United Kingdom, pp 109-137.
Awards and scholarships
- Member of the "Asia University Network of Environment and Disaster Management (AUEDM)", Kyoto University , Since 2008.
- Ex-co member, AAUP, Alumni Association of the University of Peradeniya, Since 2009