Department of Sociology

Faculty of Arts - University of Peradeniya


Dr. Dhammika Herath

BA (Peradeniya), PhD (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)
Peace and Conflict, Post-Conflict Reconciliation, Religion and Conflict, Peace Education, Development, Democracy and Governance

+94 777730716 / +94 71 8003605 / +94 81 2392806


Dr. Dhammika Herath is a Senior Lecturer of Department of Sociology , University of Peradeniya , Sri Lanka.


  • Doctor of Philosophy ( Ph.D) in Peace and Development Research, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. 2008
  • B. A (Hons.) in Sociology, University of Peradeniya.in 2001


  • (Present) Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology, University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya
  • Since 2012-10-01 up to December 2014: Researcher, affiliated to Peace and Development Research, School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  • 2010-10-01 to 2012-09-30: Senior Researcher and Acting Executive Director, International Center for Ethnic Studies, Colombo and Kandy, Sri Lanka
  • March 2010-September 2010: Senior Researcher, Transparency International Sri Lanka Chapter
  • February-August, 2009: Senior researcher at International Center for Ethnic Studies (ICES)
  • July-December-2008: Conflict transformation consultant for Facilitating Local Initiatives for Conflict Transformation (FLICT) of the German Technical Cooperation, GTZ, Sri Lanka office
  • October 2001-August 2003: Assistant Lecturer, Department of Sociology, University of Peradeniya

Research Interests

  • Research interests include Peace and Conflict, Post-Conflict Reconciliation, Religion and Conflict, Peace Education, Development, Democracy and Governance.


Journal Articles:
Book Chapters:
PhD Thesis:
  • 2008 - Rural Development through Social Capital? An inquest on the linkages between social capital and development in war-torn villages in Sri Lanka. Gothenburg, University of Gothenburg.
  • 2010 - Editor (joint) of the Post-War Reconstruction in Sri Lanka: Prospects and Challenges; published by the International Center for Ethnic Studies, Kandy.
  • 2012 - Editor of Healing the Wounds: Rebuilding Sri Lanka after the War. Colombo, ICES. Colombo and Kandy
Presentations in International conferences/workshops
  • How does development- forced displacement and resettlement affect material, relational and subjective wellbeing? Presented at the IASFM 16: Rethinking Forced Migration and Displacement: Theory, Policy, and Praxis held 12-15 July 2016 in Poznan, Poland.
  • Qualitative Comparative Analysis of Peace Education presented at ‘Contemporary Security Paradigms and Challenges’, held 15-16 September 2016 in Ohrid, Macedonia.
  • Why does democracy malfunction in Sri Lanka? Presented at the 23rd European Conference on South Asian Studies 23 to 26 July 2014: University of Zurich, Switzerland:
  • Peace Education’s Impact on the relationship building and societal conflicts: Paper presented for the National Conference on Peace and Conflict Research 27-28th February 2014. Umea, Sweden.
  • How the issues relating to Land is compounded by ethnic grievances and Corruption in post-war Sri Lanka (Jonas Lindberg and Dhammika Herath): Paper prepared at the International Studies Association Annual Convention 3-6 April 2013, San Francisco, USA..
  • Community break-up and emotional wounds of violence: Experiences of war victims in Sri Lanka: presented at the Sri Lanka Round Tables 23-24 of November 2011., University of Zurich, Switzerland:
  • Farmer Suicides as a Form of Protest: the Case of Sri Lanka (Co-author). International Workshop on Farmer Suicides in India: January, 2011, Pondicherry University, Pondicherry India.

Honors and Prizes Received

  • Swedish Development Cooperation Agency Scholarship (Sida Sarec) for doctoral education in Sweden, 2003-2008.
  • P.B. Samarakoon Memorial Scholarship for undergraduate education 1997 granted by Maliyadeva College, Kurunegala for best results at GCE Advanced Level in the Social Sciences.

Professional Training

  • 2013, 16 to 22 November, training on Sectorial Management of Land Acquisition, Resettlement and Rehabilitation, conducted by the World Bank at Elephant Bay Hotel, Pinnawala.
  • 2013-07-17: TOT Training on Management of Land Acquisition, Resettlement and Rehabilitation conducted by the World Bank Sri Lanka in Collaboration with University of Moratuwa.
  • 2012-10-07 to 10-16, Promotion of Right to Information, Workshop conducted by Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative. New Delhi
  • 2009-07: Citizen Report Card (CRC) Methodology, trained by the World Bank Institute.
  • 2002: Social and Cultural Photography and Filming-Visual Anthropology, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.

Visiting Lectureships and Guest Speaker events

  • 2005 through 2014: A visiting lecturer for the International Sri Lanka Education Program (ISLE), training undergraduate students from leading American Universities. Every year I have undertook teaching assignments for the above course on ethnicity and conflict.
  • December, 2009: Trained media personnel in Sri Lanka on “Achieving Millennium Development Goals” at the Action Aid, Colombo.
  • December 2008: Visiting lecturer at the Post-graduate Institute of Science (PGIS), Faculty of Science, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka- lectured on an Interdisciplinary Masters degree program on Disaster Management.
  • Delivered a guest lecturer on “Youth, Poverty and Conflict” at the National Council of Swedish Youth Organizations, LSU, Stockholm, Sweden in 2006
  • February 2005-December 2005: A visiting lecturer, the Department of Sociology, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.
  • Delivered four guest lectures on “Poverty, Development and International Aid in Sri Lanka” at Växjö University, Sweden, in 2003 and 2006.


  • Qualitative Comparative Analysis of Peace Education, presented at the International Conference: Contemporary Security Paradigms and Challenges; Theory and Practice, Ohrid, Macedonia, 18-19 September 2015.