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Department of Sociology

Faculty of Arts - University of Peradeniya

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Mr. Thushara Kamalrathna

BA (Peradeniya), M Phill (Reading - Peradeniya)
Anthropology, Participatory Research and Development, Criminology

thusharak@pdn.ac.lk
+94 71 8158493

Biography

Thushara Kamalrathna is a Lecturer attached to the Department of Sociology, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. He has worked as a Temporary Lecturer both in the Department of Sociology, University of Peradeniya. He earned his BA (Hons.) in Sociology from the University of Peradeniya in 2006. Currently he is reading for his MPhil mastering in Urban Anthropology. His areas of expertise are Anthropology, Participatory Research and Development, Criminology.

Education

  • 2015 - MPhil in Sociology (Reading), University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
  • 2006 - BA (Sociology special) with First Class Honours, University of Peradeniy, Sri Lanka

Appointments

  • Lecturer in Sociology, Department of Sociology, University of Peradeniya, from 26th March 2011
  • Visiting Lecturer, Department of Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences and Languages. Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, Academic Year 2012/13, Semester 1. (SOC 313 /Society, Culture and Enviornment)
  • Visiting Lecturer, Department of Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences and Languages. Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, Academic Year 2012/13, Semester 11. (SOC 321 / Sri Lanka Society)
  • Visiting Lecturer, Department of Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences and Languages. Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, Academic Year 2013/14, Semester 11. (SOC 221/ Sociological Theory)
  • Visiting Academic, The Open University of Sri Lanka, Academic Year 2013, BA Degree in Social Sciences Level V, Semester I (SSU3207)
  • Visiting Lecturer, Department of Fine Arts, Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya. 2012/2013 and 2013/2014 (Sociology and Psychology of Art and Research Methodology in Social Sciences)
  • ICT Instructor, Training of ICT Skills Development for Undergraduate in the Faculty of Arts, Information Technology Centre, University of Peradeniya, 2010.
  • Temporary Lecturer, Department of Sociology, University of Peradeniya from 10/03/2007 to 25/03/2011
  • Lecturer, Diploma of Housing and Community Development, Center for Distance and Continuing Education, University of Peradeniya, 2008/09.
  • Lecturer, Diploma of Housing and Cooperative Development, Center for Distance and Continuing Education, University of Peradeniya, 2008/09.
  • Resource Person, Diploma in Human Rights, 2010, Centre for the Study of Human Rights, University of Peradeniya.
  • Zonal Officer, Child Fund affiliated Mayura Community Development Program, Siyambalanduwa, Monaragala, June- October, 2006.
  • Executive Officer, Child Fund affiliated T-Field Child Development Federation, Nuwaraeliya. October, 2006- March, 2007.

Research Interests

  • Anthropology
  • Participatory Research and Development
  • Criminology

Completed and Ongoing Research

  • Conducted a research on Social Dimensions of the Child Malnutrition in the Estate Sector: A study in Radella Estate in the Nuwaraeliya District  for the MPhil thesis, 2011-2014
  • Sociologists and Principle Researcher of Initial Environmental Examination (IEE) for the proposed project to setup a Sugar Refining industry at the Free Economic Zone in the Second Phase of Hambantota Port, 2013.
  • Team member of the research that carried out by the Vanderbilt University, USA on farmer’s adaptation to the environmental changes in dry zone Sri Lanka, 2013.
  • Contributed as an Expert of the Community Workshops (three occasions) of JAICA/SATRAPS Project for Waste Landfill Sites in Sri Lanka, Faculty of Engineering, University of  Peradeniya. September, 2013.
  • Field Coordinator of the team research on the Upcountry Plantation in Sri Lanka that covered Nuwara Eliya, Badulla, Kandy and Mathale Districts, conducted by the Department of Sociology, University of Peradeniya with the help of World Bank funded IRQUE/SAKTI Project, 2009/10.
  • Contributed as consultant, with Prof. S.A. Karunatissa, Department of Sociology, for the Survey based on LQAS (Lot Quality Assurance Sampling) covering 12 estates in Nuwaraeliya District Organized by the Child Fund Sri Lanka, February 2009.
  • Member of the Research team of the study in Role of the Faith Based Organization in the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka with Prof. K.T. Silva, Prof. Jonathan Spencer (Edinburgh University), Prof. Jonathan Goodhand (University of London)  in 2007-2008 funded by Economic and Social Research Council in UK .
  • Member of the research team of the research that conducted in order to submit a report to the PLAN Sri Lanka to support the strategic plan of Probationary Department in Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa with Prof. S.A. Karunatissa, Department of Sociology, 2008.
  • Research Assistant, in the Research on The Role of the Buddhist Monks in Promotion of Peace in Sri Lanka conducted by Mr. Shanthi Nandana Wijesinghe, Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology, University of Peradeniya for SIDA/SAREC in 2007.
  • Member of the research team of the research conducted with the help of PLAN Sri Lanka on Corporal Punishment of Children in Sri Lanka with Prof. S.A. Karunatissa, Department of Sociology in 2008.
  • Submitted a Research Report with Postgraduate Students on Damage and Misusing of Library Books for Applied Sociology for MPhil Study Programme in 2007/08. An exhibition of damaged items was organized subsequently.
  • Conducted a Independent Research on Social and Cultural Consequences of Gambling in the Kandy District as a partial fulfillment of the BA Special Degree in Sociology in 2006 (BA Dissertation)

Publications

Books and Book Chapters
  • Food for Thought: Globalization as a Social Determinant of Food Consumption, Health and Politics among Students in a Sri Lankan University. K.T. Silva, T. Kamalrathne, E. Lokuge and S. Wattegama. WHO: New Delhi, 2010.
  • Youth Politics in Political Sociology-2, (Ed) Saman Hadaragama, Sameera Publication, Battaramulla.
  • Sub Cultural Groups in the Central Province in Medarata Wanshaya, Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Central Province. (to be published)
Journal Articles
International
  • The Role of Informal Women Entrepreneurs in Livelihood Development and Regional Development. (with co-authors) International Journal of Arts and Commerce, vol:2, no :5, May 2013. Centre for Enhancing Knowledge, U.K.
  • Women Rights in Sri Lanka: An Inquiry in to the Rights of Plantation Women. (with co-authors) International Journal of Arts and Commerce, vol:02, no:07, July 2013. Centre for Enhancing Knowledge, U.K.
National
  • Changing Aspirations and Values of Youth in the Plantation Sector in Sri Lanka. Plantation Sector in Transition: Research on the upcountry Plantation in Sri Lanka, Team Research 2009 Department of Sociology, University of Peradeniya,  2010.
  • Ethnic Conflict, Nationalism and Experience in Sri Lanka: A Socio Historical Analysis. (in Sinhala) Samaja Vimasuma. 2009, Volume 13.   Department of Sociology, University of Peradeniya. 
  • The Impact of Decentralization on Regional Development: A Case Study of Central Provincial Council in Sri Lanka. (co-author) 2013. Gnanoddeepanee: The compendium in commemoration of Most Venerable Nugethanne sri pannabhidhana.  Sri Sambuddathwa jayanthi Viharaya, Anuradhapura.
  • The Role of NGO’s in Disaster Management: A Study on Post Tsunami Disaster Management Program in Devinuwara Divisional Secretariat, Sri Lanka. (co-author) (in Sinhala) Samaja Vimasuma. 2013. Volume 15. Department of Sociology, University of Peradeniya.
  • An Analysis on Child Malnutrition in the Estate Sector and Income Poverty in Sri Lanka. (in Sinhala) Samaja Vimasuma. 2014. Volume 16. Department of Sociology, University of Peradeniya.
  • Diffusion of Religious Values and Repositioning the God Sakra in Sinhalese Religious Pantheon : The Case of New Lakshmi Shrine in Katharagama.(co-author) Modern Sri Lankan Studies: A Journal of the Social Sciences. Volume iv, No 01, 2013. University of Peradeniya.
Journal Editings
  • Journal of Samaja Vimasuma, Vol 13, Department of Sociology, University of Peradeniya, 2010
  • Journal of Samaja Vimasuma, Vol 14, Department of Sociology, University of Peradeniya. 2010
  • Plantation Sector in Transition: Research on the upcountry plantation in Sri Lanka, (research magazine) Department of Sociology, University of Peradeniya, 2010.
  • Journal of Samaja Vimasuma, Vol 15, Department of Sociology, University of Peradeniya, 2013.
  • Journal of Samaja Vimasuma, Vol 16, Department of Sociology, University of Peradeniya, 2014.
Conference Papers
  • Changing Aspirations and Values of Youth in the Plantation Sector in Sri Lanka, National Conference on the Plantation Community in Transition. Department of Sociology, University of Peradeniya. 8th of May, 2009.
  • Food Consumption Patterns among Undergraduates in University of  Peradeniya (Co-author) Peradeniya University Research Session, 2009.
  • Poverty and Health: A Sociological Study of Malnutrition among Estate  Children Below 5 Years of Age, Postgraduate Research Symposium 2010, Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya, October 29,2010.
  • Eco-tourism for Rural Livelihood Development: Case study of Reverstern Area in Sri Lanka, (Co-author) International Conference, Sri Sai Ram Institute of Management Studies, Chennai 2011.
  • Restrictions for Social Mobility and Rural Urban Migration in Sri Lanka; A Sociological Analysis, (Co-author) National Conference on Regional Development, South Eastern University, December 2011.
  • Either God or Devil: Beyond Buddhism: An Anthropological View of Yakkama Ritual, (Co-author) Peradeniya University Research Sessions (PURSE) 2012, Proceedings Vol. 16.
  • Student Drop-out in the Plantation Sector in Sri Lanka: A Critical Analysis of Causes and Repercussions, (Co-author). The Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka, 5th Research Conference, March 30th -31st 2012.
  • An Anthropological study of an Ideological Contradiction and Dilemma of Positioning Goddess Pattini in the Yakkama Ritual. The Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka, 5th Research Conference, March 30th -31st 2012.
  • The Changing Role of God Sakra in Sinhala Buddhist Society: An Anthropological View (Co-author). International Buddhist Conference, Buddashrawaka Bikku University, Anuradhapura. 2012.
  • Exploring Injury Related Issues of Female Landmine Victims in Sri Lanka: A Case Study of the Kokkuthudaivai Division in the Mulathivu Districts in Sri Lanka (Co-author). Peradeniya University Research Session. 2012. University of Peradeniya.
  • Vulnerability of War-Widows in the Post-War Development Scenario: A Case Study of War-tone Kandawalai Divisional Secratariat Division of the kilinochchi District in Sri Lanka. (Co-author). Peradeniya University International Research Sessions. Volume 18. 4th and 5th of July, 2014.
  • Homosexual Behaviour among Young Prison Inmates with Special Reference to the Pallansena Correctional Centre (Co-author). Research Session of Sociology Day 2015. Department of Sociology, University of Peradeniya. 8th of April, 2015.

Membership

  • Director Board Member, Cooperative Employees Commission, Central Province, Sri Lanka, from 01/06/2009 up to date.
  • Advisory Member of the Ornamental Fish Development Project in the Mahaweli Development Authority, and participated for the AQUARAMA international conference and exhibition 2011, held in Singapore, representing Mahaweli Development Authority, Sri Lanka.

Awards and scholarships

  • Best Research Paper award for the paper titled Eco-tourism for Rural Livelihood Development: Case study of Reverstern Area in Sri Lanka, (Co-author) at International Conference, Sri Sai Ram Institute of Management Studies, Chennai 2011.

Other Credentials and Activities in the University of Peradeniya

  • Deputy Coordinator, World Bank funded IRQUE/ SAKTI Project, Department of Sociology, University of Peradeniya, 2008-2011
  • Member of the Department Curricular Development Team for Social Work and Participated in the Training Program and Curricular Development Workshop on Social Work held in Amrita University, Kochi University and Coimbathoor University in India, December 2008.
  • Developed three Modules ( Module 02, Module 14, Module 15) of the Sri Lankan MLLAR curriculum which was initially drafted by the Expertise and Academics in the universities in Sri Lanka in order to introduce the MLLAR curriculum to the Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels, funded by World Bank, 2013.
  • Senior Academic Sub Warden, James Peiris Hall, University of Peradeniya 2013-  2014.
  • Academic Sub Warden, James Peiris Hall, University of Peradeniya, 2012 and 2016
  • Volunteer Student Counselor (2007-2012) in the Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya.
  • Chairman, Advisory Board, Soba Sansadaya Environmental Association, University of Peradeniya. 2008/2012
  • Vice President of Soba Sansadaya Environmental Association , University of Peradeniya, 2005.
  • President Soba Sansadaya Environmental Association, University of Peradeniya, 2006.

Conducted Workshops and Trainings

  • Resource Person of the Work Shop held on 3rd and 4th of December, 2015 at Sarvodaya Centre, Baticaloa, Organized by Department of Cultural Affairs, Eastern Province for the cultural officers in Enhancing knowledge on “ Cultural Diversity and Traditional Changes of Sri Lanka and Culture of Sri Lanka and Sustainable Development”.
  • Resource Person at Training Programme on Event Management, Sri Lanka Foundation Institute, Colombo on two occasions (Aug 2008 & Jan 2009)
  • Volunteer Resource Person at Leadership Training Programme Organized by PLAN Sri Lanka and Department of Management Studies, University of Peradeniya at the Hindagala Maha  Vidyalaya in March 2009
  • Resource Person at the Training Programme on Personality and Collective Activities Organized by Samurdhi Authority, Kandy, in December 2008.
  • Volunteer Resource Person at the Leadership Training Programme at the Polgolla Cooperative School with the help of PLAN Sri Lanka in 2009.
  • Volunteer Resource Person at the Career Guidance Workshop at the Nuwara Eliya Gamini Madhya Maha Vidyalaya, Organized by the Central Provincial Council in 2008.
  • Resource Person at the Two Day Residential TOT Programme on Child Protection Policy of Child Fund International, Organized by Child Fund Sri Lanka, Nuwara Eliya, 2007.

Participated Workshops and Training Promgammes

  • Completed the 50 hour English academic speaking and writing skills certificate course at the University of Peradeniya affiliated with British Council. from 10Agust to 11 October 2013
  • Completed the Induction Program for Academic Staff, Conducted by Staff Development Centre, University of Peradeniya, February to April 2013.
  • Representative, Management of Land Acquisition, Resettlement and Rehabilitation (MLAAR)  South Asian Regional workshop organized by University of Peradeniya and the World Bank. (17th November to 21st November, 2013).