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Department of Sociology

Faculty of Arts - University of Peradeniya

academic

Dr. 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

Dr. Sarath Gamlath, a professional social work educator and practitioner, is a Senior Lecturer (Grade 1) in the Department of Sociology, University of Peradeniya, Kandy, Sri Lanka. Currently, his main teaching focus is Social Work and Social Welfare, Social Work and Social Development, and Social Work for Sociology in both bachelor and postgraduate sociology degree programmes in the Department of Sociology.

Dr. Gamlath is the founder of the new Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree programme in the University of Peradeniya, which will be started with the first group of new students in the academic year 2020. This will be a significant milestone of professional Social Work education in Sri Lanka, and also Faculty of Arts of the University of Peradeniya, as it is the first initiative of its kind within Sri Lankan University system which includes 16 universities.

For some years now, Dr. Gamlath has been an ardent advocate for promoting professional social work education and practice in the country. In addition to BSW, Dr. Gamlath has developed Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work (PGdip) and Master of Social Work (MSw) degree programmes which will also be started in the Postgraduate Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences (PGIHS) of the University of Peradeniya in the academic year 2020.

Dr. Gamlath is extensively involved in several other new initiatives of the Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya, of which a significant one is Coordinating Unit of Internship, Volunteering, and Community Outreach (CIVCO), established under the auspice of the Dean, Faculty of Arts. It is a constituted academic unit of the faculty of Arts with the approval of the governing council of the University of Peradeniya.

His research interests span over broad areas of generic social work practice, social work and social development, social work and human rights, localization of professional social work practice, volunteering and community connection, role of community-based organization in social development (including NGOs and INGOs), and community-centered development.

Dr. Gamlath is the current editor-in-chief of the Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, the official journal of the Postgraduate Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Peradeniya and is involved in another two international journals as a member of the international consultant editors.

He is a member of the International Consortium of Social Development (ICSD), actively involved in ICSD activities representing Sri Lanka, and currently one of the executive committee members of the ICSD Asia--Pacific branch.

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) – Sociology (2nd class upper division) - 1985, (University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka)
  • Master of Science (MSc) - Rural and Regional Development Planning, 1990 (Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) by Research in International Social Work, 1999 (La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia)
  • Graduate Diploma (G/Dip) in Social Work & Social Development - 1998 (La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia)
  • Bachelor of Social Work (BSw) - 2002 (La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia)

Appointment

  • Senior Lecturer (Grade I), Department of Sociology, University of Peradeniya,

Research Interests

  • Generic social work practice
  • Social work and social development
  • Social work and human rights
  • Localization of professional social work practice
  • Volunteering and community connection
  • Community-based organizations /  Non-Government Organizations
  • Community-centered development.

Publications

Published Papers - (Journal Articles):
  • The Migration-development link in the context of distorted development: A Reinforcing Relationship, Social Development Issues, Vol. 23, No. 2, 2001
  • 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, 2000
  • Social work and poverty alleviation in Asia, Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work, Vol. 7, No. 2, 1997
  • The Link between international migration and development: Implications of the situation in Sri Lanka, Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work, Vol.8, No.1, 1998
  • 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, 1998 
  • 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, 1999
  • A sociological analysis of Sinhala Folk Songs, Journal of Sociological Studies, Ruhuna University, Vol.1 1992 (in Sinhala)
  • Regularized land tenure, land management and rural poor: A Sociological Analysis, Journal of Socio-economic and Management Studies, Ruhuna University, Vol.1, 1992 (in Sinhala)
  • Leadership, empowerment and harmony for social Development, Samaja Sameeksha,VOL. 1, No.1, May 2015 (in Sinhala)
  • Positive Approach to Ageing – A Policy lesson for community-based aged care system in Sri Lanka, Social Affairs, Vol. 1, No, 2 Spring 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, Fall 2015
  • 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, 2016 
  • Volunteering and Community Connection: A Lesson from Australian Model of Community Volunteering, Sri Lanka Journal of Social Development, Vol. 2, 2017 September
  • Social Work – An Introduction to the origin and nature of a unique human service profession, Samaja Vimasuma, No. 17,  2017,  (in Sinhala)
  • 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, 2018
  • Community Based Organisations - An Institutional Context of Poverty Alleviation with Professional Social Work Intervention, in Prof. Sarath Amarasinghe Felicitation Volume, Ruhuna University, 2018, September
  • Beyond the Common Sense – Professional Social Work Education in the University of Peradeniya by Centenary, Social Affairs, 2019 (forthcoming)
  • 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, Sage Publication, New Delhi, India (forthcoming)
Unpublished Papers - (Conference Presentations):
  • 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
  • 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
  • Participatory community resources management training - Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN/UNESCO) - developing a community - based strategy for monitoring and management of natural resources, Chennai, India
  • 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
  • Developing strategies for poverty alleviation in the Asia-Pacific Region, Workshop 1, UNO / ESCAP Bangkok, Thailand
  • Developing strategies for poverty alleviation in the Asia-Pacific Region, Workshop 2, UNO / ESCAP Manila, The Philippines
  • Women in development organized by the Integrated Rural Development Program (IRDP) and Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), Hambantota, Sri Lanka
  • Rural and urban development planning - participatory action program held in two rural and urban locations in Thailand, Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Regional training needs of social development personals, (with David Cox and Manohar Power), Regional Social Development Centre, School of Social Work & Social Policy, La Trobe University
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Harmony within Diversity – Emergence of Pace and Development through Student Courage Society Activities in Northern Sri Lanka, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • United Nations convention and social policy for people with disabilities in Sri Lanka –In search of pathway to justice, International Conference, PGISH, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
  • Modern social work intervention and traditional community-based systems of sharing and caring:  A harmonious arrangement for a culturally relevant practice,, National Conference on Social Work, National Institute of Social Development, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Unpublished Papers – (Social Work Program Planning and Development):
  • 65 + CALD Population in 8 Local Government Areas ( LGAs) of South Central Region of Melbourne, Analysis of 2001 ABS Census Data, South Central Region Migrant Resource Centre, (program development & planning document assisting community service agencies in the region)
  • 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, South Central Region Migrant Resource Centre,  (program development & planning document assisting community service agencies in the region)
  • A Decade of Change: What the ABS census data demonstrate us about South Central Region of Melbourne (South Central Region Migrant Resource Centre Newsletter article (analysis  on Culturally & Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities in the region)
  • Afghan Community in the South Central Region of Melbourne (South Central Region Migrant Resource Centre Newsletter  article)
  • Profile of newly arrived migrant and refugees to the South Central Region Migrant resource Centre  Catchments Local Government Areas (LGAs), Planning and program Development Document,  (2004 – 2006)
Curriculum & Training Modules:
  • Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts, University of  Peradeniya, 2019
  • Graduate Diploma in Social Work , Postgraduate Institute of Humanities and Social Science, University of Peradeniya, 2019
  • Master of Social Work (MSW), Postgraduate Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Peradeniya, 2019
  • Social Work for Sociologists, Course unit in Master of Arts degree programme of the Department of Sociology, 2017
  • Social Work and Social Welfare, Course unit (revised) of the Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree programme in sociology, 2017
  • Cert IV Community Welfare Studies Program, Australian Education Academy, Melbourne, Australia
  • Cert III in Aged Care, Australian Education Academy, Melbourne, Australia
  • Certificate in Occupational Health & Safety, OHS for Community and Social Welfare Workers  Australian Education Academy, Melbourne, Australia
  • Short Training Programs for Community Workers and Volunteers, Whittlesea Community Connections, Epping, Victoria, Australia
International Project Involvements (Social Work and Social Development):
  • Community informal care and welfare systems, A training manual, Japan Foundation Asia Centre, Charles Sturt University, NSW, Australia
  • Support or Control: Registration of NGOs working for HRD in Asia and the Pacific, promoting HRD services for the poor, No.3,  UNO / ESCAP, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Showing the way: Methodologies for successful rural poverty alleviation projects, promoting HRD services for the poor,  No.1, UNO / ESCAP, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Making an impact: innovative HRD approaches to poverty alleviation, promoting HRD  services for the poor, No. 2, UNO / ESCAP, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Promoting value based social development, ESCAP training in social development, UNO / ESCAP, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Developing Participatory community strategy for coastal resource management, Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN), Cochin, India
  • Developing Participatory community strategy for coastal resource management, Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN), Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 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, Melbourne, Australia
Book Reviews:
  • “Social and Community Development Practice”  By  Manohar Pawar,  in Social Development Issues, Vol. 38, No. 30, 2016
  • “Postmodernism, Critical Theory and Social Work”, by Jim Ife, in Social Affairs, Vol. 1, No. 5 (fall) 2016
  • “Rethinking Social Work: Towards critical Practice” By Jim Ife, South Melbourne: Longman, 1997, in Journal of Humanities and Social Science, Vol.1, No. 1, 2018

Professional Affiliations

Current :
  • Member - International Consortium for Social Development (ICSD)
  • Executive Committee Member - International Consortium for Social Development (Asia Pacific Branch)
Past :
  • Older Adult 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, City of Whittlesea, Victoria, Australia
  • Cultural Bridge Community Action Group in Whittlesea, 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
  • Norwegian International Development Agency scholarship – NORAD (partial) for PhD in La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia
  • La Trobe University overseas student scholarship for PhD (partial), La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia
  • JICA (Japanese International Cooperation Agency) award for PHD research on International Migration and development in Sri Lanka

Other Credentials:

Editor in Chief Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences,
Postgraduate Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences (PGIHS), University of  Peradeniya
Editorial Board Member Social Development Issues,
International Consortium for Social Development (ICSD)
Editorial Board Member Community and Social Development Journal,
Sage Publication, New Delhi, India
Coordinator Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Degree Programme, Department of Sociology, University of Peradeniya
Coordinator Master of Social Work Degree Program, Postgraduate Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences University of Peradeniya
Coordinator Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work Degree Programme Postgraduate Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences University of Peradeniya
Coordinator Volunteering Programme, CIVCO, Faculty of Arts
Activity Coordinator Acceleration of Higher Education Expansion and Development (AHEAD) ELTA-ELSE – DP Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya