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Department of Sociology

Faculty of Arts - University of Peradeniya

academic

Prof. Sarath Gamlath

B.A.(Peradeniya), BSW(La Trobe University), GRdp(La Trobe University) M.Sc. (AIT), PhD (La Trobe University)
Social Work and Social Development, International Social Work, Social and Welfare Policy, Professional Social Work Practice

sarath.gamlath@gmail.com
+94 81 2240688 / +94 77 7513439

Biography

Prof. Gamlath started his academic career in Sociology and turned to professional social work later after specific overseas training, including BSW, and completing PGdip and PhD in International Social Work and Social Development. He possesses a substantial level of experience as a professional social work practitioner across public, private and community sectors, in addition to his long experience in academia as an educator and in the industry as a qualified trainer and assessor.

Prof. Gamlath is the founder of the new Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree programme at the University of Peradeniya. It is a landmark initiative as it is the first of its kind in the country’s university system, which includes 16 universities. In addition to the BSW, he has initiated Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work (PGdip) and Master of Social Work (MSw) degree programmes in the Postgraduate Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences (PGIHS) at the University of Peradeniya. He continues to focus on and promote “research-informed practice and practice-informed research perspectives” as his mission in his professional social work education, practice and research. Some of his work in the field of generic social work has been widely published both nationally and internationally. He is actively involved in a number of national and international professional associations and networks, and currently contributes with international consulting editorial tasks to several international periodic publications in the field of professional social work education and practice. Prof. Gamlath identifies himself as a fully qualified and substantially experienced social work educator and practitioner in the country.

Education

  • Bachelor of Social Work (BSw)
    Department of Social Work and Social Policy
    Faculty of Health Sciences
    La Trobe University
    Melbourne, Australia
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) by Research in International Social Work
    Department of Social Work and Social Policy
    Faculty of Health Sciences
    La Trobe University
    Melbourne, Australia
  • Postgraduate Diploma (G/Dip) in Social Work & Social Development
    Department of Social Work and Social Policy
    Faculty of Health Sciences
    La Trobe University
    Melbourne, Australia
  • Master of Science (MSc) - Rural and Regional Development
    Division of Development Studies
    Asian Institute of Technology
    Bangkok
    Thailand
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) – Sociology (2nd class upper division)
    Department of Sociology
    Faculty of Arts
    University of Peradeniya
    Peradeniya
    Sri Lanka

Professional

  • Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training ,Vision Australia Melbourne, Australia.
  • Occupational Health and Safety (OHS), OHS for Program Coordinators and Managers in Professional Community and Social Work Practice, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Understanding Advocacy, Prioletti Consultants, Sponsored by Sothern Region Home and Community Care (HACC) Programme, Department of Human Services, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
  • Cross Cultural Communication – Working effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers, Prioletti Consultants, Sponsored by Sothern Region Home and Community Care (HACC) Programme, Department of Human Services, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
  • Home and Community Care and Community Transport Safety Programme for Professional Social Work Coordinators, Link Community Transport Inc. Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Grief and Loss, Ten Ways to Express Bereavement Creatively, Sothern Region Home and Community Care (HACC) Programme, Human Services Department, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
  • First Aid and Food Hygiene for professional community and social work practitioners for the supervision of Food Handlers, RecruitNet Career Skills Training and Employment Services, Sponsored by Whittlesea Community Connection Inc. Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network South Asia - Socio-economic Monitoring and Coastal Resource Management, Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN), India.
  • Avoiding and Managing Conflicts – Conflict Management and Teamwork, South Central Region Migrant Resource Centre, (SCR MRC), and Department of Human Services, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
  • Working with Dementia Clients, Department of Human Services and SCR MRC Melbourne Victoria, Australia.
  • Emergency Relief and Recovery Planning, City of Moonee Valley, Victoria, Australia.

Appointment

  • Professor in Sociology, Department of Sociology, University of Peradeniya,

Research Interests

  • Generic social work practice (clinical and community-based)
  • Social work and social development
  • Community-centered development
  • International Social Work
  • Social work and human rights
  • Localization of professional social work practice
  • Volunteering and community connection
  • Community-based organizations / Non-Government Organization
  • Vulnerable Population Groups (Elderly, PWDs, Children)

Publications

Books:
  • Gamlath, S. (2019) International Migration and Development – Survival or Building up Strategy, Kandy: Kumara Publishers
  • Gamlath, S. (2019) Professional Social Work and Intervention (in Sinhala), Colombo: Godage Publishers
Book Chapters:
  • (Gamlath, S. (2012) Harmony within Diversity – Emergence of Peace and Development through Student Courage Society Activities in Northern Sri Lanka, in Harmony Exhibition, World University Friends pp. 3-17
  • Gamlath, S. (2018) Community Based Organisations - An Institutional Context of Poverty Alleviation with Professional Social Work Intervention, in Prof. Sarath Amarasinghe Felicitation Volume, (Eds. Pushpa Ekanayake and Samitha Udayanga) Ruhuna University, pp. 309-346
Monographs:
  • Gamlath, S. (1998) Economic and Social Development in Sri Lanka: A Harmonious Relationship, Melbourne: Regional Social Development Center, La Trobe University
Journal Articles:
  • Gamlath, S., Cox, D. and Pawar, M. (1997). Social work and poverty alleviation in Asia, Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work, Vol. 7, No. 2,
  • Gamlath, S. (1998). The Link between international migration and development: Implications of the situation in Sri Lanka, Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work, Vol.8, No.1
  • Gamlath, S. (1990). Looking for opportunities in the north: A review of international migration as a problem of development in the south, Economic Review- Saga University Journal-Japan, Vol. 32, No. 1
  • Gamlath, S. and Sirisena, W. M. (1999). Women and decision-making: Participation of rural women in household Decision making in three villages in Hambantota district in Sri Lanka, Journal of Rural Development and Administration, Vol. 31, No. 1
  • Gamlath, S. (2000). What did they need and what did we bring? An analysis of the impact of giving tenurial rights to encroached land on rural development, Asia Pacific Journal of Rural Development, Vol. 10, No. 2
  • Gamlath, S. (2001). The Migration-development link in the context of distorted development: A reinforcing relationship, Social Development Issues, Vol. 23, No. 2
  • Gamlath, S. (2015). Leadership, empowerment and harmony for social Development, Samaja Sameeksha,VOL. 1, No.1 (in Sinhala)
  • Gamlath, S. (2015). Positive Approach to Ageing – A Policy lesson for community-based aged care system in Sri Lanka, Social Affairs, Vol. 1, No, 2
  • Gamlath,S. (2015). A personal narrative on the role of micro-level professional social work practice calling for its application in Sri Lanka, Social Affairs, Vol. 1, No. 3
  • Gamlath, S. (2016). Community volunteering: A new way of community engagement and connection in modern societies, Indian Journal of Social Work and Social Development, Vol. 7, No 1 & 2
  • Gamlath, S. (2017). Volunteering and community connection: A lesson from Australian model of community volunteering, Sri Lanka Journal of Social Development, Vol. 2, September, 2017
  • Gamlath, S. (2018). Personal disability or social inability: Social construction interpretation and community partnership for welfare of PDWs, Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, Vol. 1, No.2
  • Gamlath, S. (2019). Beyond the common sense – Professional social work education in the University of Peradeniya by centenary, Social Affairs, Vol. 2 No. 1, 2019
  • Gamlath, S. (2019). Survival or building up strategy: An analysis of the impact of existing family and community resources for socio-economic progress from migration benefits, International Journal of Community and Social Development, Vol. 1, No.2
  • Gmlath, S. (2020). Reaching people first: A new paradigm to rural development and poverty alleviation, Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, Vol. 2, No. 2
  • Gamlath, S. (2020). Neither theirs nor ours but ours within theirs - The idea of a versatile style of professional social work practice in Sri Lanka, Journal of Sociological Studies, Vol. 1, No.1
  • Gamlath, S. (1992). A sociological analysis of Sinhala Folk Songs, Journal of Sociological Studies, Ruhuna University, Vol. 1 (in Sinhala), 1992
  • Gamlath, S. (1992). Regularized land tenure, land management and rural poor: A sociological analysis, Journal of Socio-economic and Management Studies, Ruhuna University, Vol. 1 (in Sinhala), 1992
  • Gamlath, S. (2017). Social Work – An introduction to the origin and nature of a unique human service profession, Samaja Vimasuma, No. 17 (in Sinhala) (ISSN 2012-7306)
  • Gamlath, S. and Ranaweera, I. S. (2019). The relevance of sociological contribution in professional Social Work action of intervention: An Analysis of the ideas of Irvin Goffaman (Sinhala), Prathimana, Vol. 12, 2019
  • Gamlath, S. (2020) \. Modern volunteering in the context of community work of CBOs: Is it another form of community engagement?, Modern Sri Lankan Studies – A journal of the Social Sciences, Vol. XI, No. 02, 2020
Book Reviews:
  • Gamlath, S. (2016). Social Development Issues, Vol. 38, No. 30, (Review, Pawar, M. (2014). Social and Community Development Practice, New Delhi: Sage Publications
  • Gamlath, S. (2016). What is modern social workers comfortable with – Universalism or relativism, Social Affairs, Vol. 1 No. 5, 2016 (Review, Ife, Jim. (2016) “Postmodernism, Critical Theory and Social Work”, in R. Peace and Jan Fook (eds.), “Transforming Social Work Practice”, London Routledge, PP. 211-223 (ISBN 13: 978-0-915-21647-0)
  • Gamlath, S. (2018). Journal of Humanities and Social Science, Vol.1, No. 1, (Review, Ife, Jim (2012). Rethinking Social Work: Towards Critical Practice, South Melbourne: Longman
Peer Reviewed Presentations:
  • Harmony within Diversity – Emergence of Pace and Development through Student Courage Society Activities in Northern Sri Lanka, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2012
  • UNO Convention and Social Policy for persons with Disability in Sri Lanka – In Search of Pathway to Justice, Annual Research Congress, PGIHS-RC-2017, Postgraduate Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 2017
  • Modern Social Work Intervention and Traditional Community Based Systems of Sharing and Caring; A harmonious Arrangement for an Indigenized Service delivery, National
  • Conference on Social Work for Poverty Reduction and Sustainable Development, National Institute of Social Development, Ministry of Social Development and, Sri Lanka, 2017
  • Regional training needs of social development personals, (with David Cox and Manohar Pawar), Regional Social Development Centre, School of Social Work & Social Policy, La Trobe University, 1997
  • Workshop on documenting traditional community informal care and welfare systems in Asia-Pacific countries and developing a training manual for NGO’s grassroots workers, Charles Stuart University, Wagga-Wagga, Australia, 2002
Workshop Presentations / Network Discussions:
  • Workshop on socio-economic planning for a community-based strategy for monitoring and management of coral reef in the South Asian Region, Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN/UNESCO), Colombo, Sri Lanka, 1999
  • Feeding or empowering – a discussion on the need of harmonising economic and social development as a way of ensuring people’s wellbeing – evidence from Sri Lanka, Regional Social Development Centre, School of Social Work and Social Policy, La Trobe University, 1998
  • Workshop on developing a social development curriculum for social work education in the Asia-Pacific region, organized by the Regional Social Development Centre, School of Social Work and Social Policy, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia, 1996
  • The role of NGOs in poverty alleviation through a social service delivery strategy (with David Cox), Regional Social Development Centre, School of Social Work & Social Policy, La Trobe University, 1996
  • UNO/ESCAP workshop on developing strategies for poverty alleviation in the Asia-Pacific Region, Workshop 1, Bangkok, Thailand, 1996
  • UNO/ESCAP workshop on developing strategies for poverty alleviation in the Asia-Pacific Region, Workshop 2, Manila, The Philippines, 1996
  • A social work approach to the outcomes of the migration of women workers to the middle east region: a case study, Regional Social Development Centre, School of Social Work and Social Policy, La Trobe University, 1994
  • Workshop on women in development organized by the Integrated Rural Development Program (IRDP) and Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), Hambantota, Sri Lanka, 1992
  • Workshop on rural and urban development planning - participatory action program held in two rural and urban locations in Thailand, Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand, 1990
Program Planning and Development
  • CALD Populations in 8 LGAs - Demographic Profile – Analysis of 2001 ABS Census and DIMIA Settlement Service Data for 8 LGAs ;of Southern Metropolitan Region of Melbourne, Program development & planning document assisting community service agencies in the region, South Central Region Migrant Resource Centre, Review Report, 2004.
  • A Decade of Change: What the ABS census data demonstrate us about South Central Region of Melbourne, an analysis on Culturally & Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities in the region, South Central Region Migrant Resource Centre, Review Report, 2004.
  • Profile of Afghan Community in the South Central Region of Melbourne, South Central Region Migrant Resource Centre Newsletter, Community Profile, 2004.
  • Profile of newly arrived migrant and refugees to the South Central Region Migrant resource Centre Local Government Areas (LGAs (2004-2005)), Planning and Program Development Document, South Central Region Migrant Resource Centre, Review Report, 2006.
  • Afghan Community in the South Central Region of Melbourne (South Central Region Migrant Resource Centre Newsletter article) – Community Profile
International Work Involvements / Contributions
  • Support or Control: Registration of NGOs working for HRD in Asia and the Pacific, promoting HRD services for the poor, No.3, UNO / ESCAP, 1996 (Team Member)
  • Showing the way: Methodologies for successful rural poverty alleviation projects, promoting HRD services for the poor, No.1, UNO / ESCAP, 1996 (Resource Person)
  • Making an impact: innovative HRD approaches to poverty alleviation, promoting HRD services for the poor, No. 2, UNO / ESCAP, 1996 (Resource Person)
  • Promoting value based social development, ESCAP training in social development, UNO / ESCAP (Resource Person)
  • Developing Participatory community strategy for coastal resource management, Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN), Sri Lanka, 1999 (Resource Person)
  • The vulnerability of Asian women migrant workers to a lack of protection and to violence, UN expert group meeting on violence against women migrant workers, Regional Social Development Centre, La Trobe University, Australia, 1994 (Team Member)

Professional Affiliations

Current :
  • Member at Large (Global Executive Council) - International Consortium for Social Development (ICSD), 2019 – to date
  • Executive Committee Member - International Consortium for Social Development (Asia Pacific Branch), 2017 – to date
Past :
  • Older Adult Service Network, City of Monee Valley, Victoria, Australia
  • Emergency Recovery Forum, City of Moonee Valley, Victoria, Australia
  • Coastal Districts Planning Group (Home and Community Care ( HACC), City of Glen Eira, Victoria, Australia
  • Bayside/Kingston Social Support Network (Home and Community Care ( HACC)’ City of Monash, Victoria Australia
  • Aged Care Advisory Group – Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria (ECCV), Melbourne, Australia
  • Monash CALD Senior Citizens Consultative Forum, City of Monash, Victoria, Australia
  • Moorleigh Multicultural Senior Citizens User Group Committee, City of Glen Eira, Victoria, Australia
  • Southern Metropolitan Region Cultural Diversity Network, City of Kingston, Victoria, Australia
  • Whittlesea Ethnic Community Council, Whittlesea Community Connections, City of Whittlesea, Victoria, Australia
  • Cultural Bridge Community Action Group, Whittlesea Community Connections, City of Whittlesea, Victoria, Australia

Awards and Scholarships

  • Helmy Menzil memorial Prize for Sociology, 1985
  • Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) award for MSc in AIT, Bangkok, Thailand, 1989
  • Norwegian International Development Agency scholarship – NORAD (partial) for PhD in La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia, 1993
  • La Trobe University overseas student scholarship for PhD (partial), La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia, 1995
  • Toyota Foundation (Japan) award for PhD field research on International Migration and development in Sri Lanka, 1997

Other Credentials:

  • Editor in Chief
    Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences,
    Postgraduate Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences (PGIHS)
    University of Peradeniya (2017 -2020)

  • Editorial Board Member
    Social Development Issues – Alternative Approaches to Global Human Needs
    (Official Publication of International Consortium for Social Development)
    Published by Follmer Groups Inc.
    Chicago

  • Editorial Board Member
    International Journal of Community and Social Development
    Sage Publication
    New Delhi

  • Editorial Board Member
    Sri Lanka Journal of Social Work
    National Institute of Social Development
    Ministry of Social Empowerment and Welfare

  • Editorial Board Member
    Sri Lanka Journal of Sociology
    Department of Sociology
    University of Peradeniya

Curriculum Planning and Development

New Degree Programmes
  • Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), 2019
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work (PGdip), 2019
  • Master of Social Work (MSW), 2019
New Course Units
  • SOC 616 - Social Work for Sociologists
    Master of Arts (sociology), Postgraduate Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Peradeniya, 2016
  • DPP 308 - Social Welfare and Community Development
    Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in Development Planning and Practice, Department of Economic, University of Peradeniya, 2018
  • ECC 6003 - Managing Diversity and Vulnerability in ECCD
    Proposed Postgraduate Diploma and Master of Science Degree in Early Childhood Care and Development, Postgraduate Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences,
    University of Peradeniya, 2019
  • ECC 6005 - Management of Socio-emotional Behaviours
    Proposed Postgraduate Diploma and Master of Science Degree in Early Childhood Care and Development, Postgraduate Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences,
    University of Peradeniya, 2019
  • HMC 6013 - Vulnerable and Disadvantaged people in Sri Lanka, Master’s in Human Rights and Multiculturalism,
    Postgraduate Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences,
    University of Peradeniya, 2019
  • SUPE 313 - Social Work and Social Welfare
    Bachelor of Arts (External) General Degree Programme,
    Center for Distance and Continuous Education,
    University of Peradeniya, 2019
Involvement in Curriculum Revisions
  • Curriculum Revision Committee Member (Undergraduate – General Degree Programme)
    Faculty of Arts, 2019
  • Curriculum Revision Committee Member (Undergraduate - Special Degree Programme)
    Department of Sociology, 2019
  • Curriculum Revision Committee Member (Postgraduate Programme) Department of Sociology, 2019
  • Development of Concept Paper (Policy) for designing compulsory Student Internship / Field Practice Programme, Faculty of Arts, 2019
  • Development of Concept Paper for establishing Coordination Unit of Internship, Volunteering and Community Outreach (CIVCO) for implementation of Student Internship / Field Practice Programme, Faculty of Arts, 2019
  • Project proposal writing committee member on OBE-LCT teaching, learning assessment planning and development - Acceleration of Higher Education Expansion and Development (AHEAD) ELTA-ELSE – DP, Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya, 2019
  • Postgraduate Diploma programme development committee member, National Institute of Social Development, Ministry of Social Empowerment, Welfare, 2019
Development of New Teaching Materials / Monographs:
Reading Material No. 1: Social Work and Social Development: What is Social Work? Where does it come from?
Reading Material No. 2: Social Work and Social Development: Social Work Models Perspectives and Theories
Reading Material No. 3: Social Work and Social Development: Integrated Framework for Practice
Reading Material No. 4: Social Work and Social Development: Micro Practice - Social Work with Individuals and Families
Reading Material No. 5: Social Work and Social Development: Working with Groups
Reading Material No. 6: Social Work and Social Development: Working with Communities
Reading Material No. 7: Social Work and Social Development: Social Work Practice in Human Rights and Organizational Contexts
Reading Material No. 8: Social Work and Social Development: Social Work Field Practice Program
Reading Material No. 9: Social Work and Social Development: What is Social Development?
Reading Material No. 10: Social Work and Social Development: Gender Sensitive Social Development