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Department of Sociology

Faculty of Arts - University of Peradeniya

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Dr. W. M. S. M. Kumari Thoradeniya

BA (Peradeniya), MA (Peradeniya), Lphil(Sweden), Ph D (Gothenburg University, Sweden)
Social Psychology, Gender

m_sachitra@yahoo.com
+94 81 2392611 / +94 77 1516586

Biography

Dr. Kumari Thoradeniya is a Senior Lecturer attached to the Department of Sociology, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. She earned her BA (Hons.) in Sociology from the University of Peradeniya in 1998 and M.A. in Sociology, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka (2001). Subsequently, she obtained her PhD in Peace and Development Research from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Title of the Thesis: A Comparative Study of Psycho-social Rehabilitation Programmes for War-Affected Children in War-Torn Sri Lanka, 2004-2006.

Education

  • 2017 - PhD in Peace and Development Research, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
  • 2008 - L. Phil Degree in Peace and Development Research, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  • 2001 - M.A. Degree in Sociology, University of Peradeniya. Sri Lanka
  • 1998 - B.A. Special Degree in Sociology (B.A. Hons 2nd Class Upper Division), University of Peradeniya.

Appointments

  • Senior Lecture, Department of Sociology, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka - From 2008
  • Assistant Lecturer, Department of Sociology, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka - 1999-2001
  • Lecturer, Department of Sociology, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka - 2001- 2008

Research Interests

  • Social Psychology
  • Gender

Completed and Ongoing Research

Research Experience and Publication
  • Sociological Features of the Folk Songs of Sri Lanka. Piyawara, Publication of the Department of Sinhala, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 1999
  • Aurvedic Medicine System which is Becoming Remote from the Sri Lankan Culture, Sunscrutiks Puranaya, Central Cultural Fund, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 1999
  • Women and New Social Challenges.  Prathimana. Publication of the Department of Sociology, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka, 2000
  • Recent Women Suicide Trend in Sri Lanka. Women in Sri Lanka and new Social Issues, CENWOR, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2000
  • Women in Development activities. Women’s Image in Contemporary Sri Lanka, CENWOR, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2002
  • Gender Differences in Experience War: Sri Lankan experience.  CENWOR, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2012
  • A Sociological Study about Former Child- Soldiers in Sri Lanka. Samaja Wimasuma, Publication of Department of Sociology, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 2013
  • Ken Wilber’s Contribution for Child Development Theories. Samaja Wimasuma, Publication of Department of Sociology, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 2014
  • Community Based Psycho-Social Rehabilitation for War-Affected Children in Sri Lanka. Post-Conflict Rehabilitation: Insights from Pakistan and Beyond. Yamin, T; Najimdeen, B and Ahmed, S (ed). Centre for International Peace & Stability, National University of Science & Technology, Pakistan, 2015.
  • War-Affected Children and Psycho-Social Rehabilitation. Sri Lanka Journal of Social Science, 40 (1), 2017.
Presentations at National / International Conferences
  • Resent Women Suicide Trends in Sri Lanka. Paper Presented at the Seventh national Convention on Women’s Studies, Centre for Women’s Research, Colombo, Sri Lanka, March, 2000
  • Women’s Contribution towards Rural Development. Paper Presented at the Seventh national Convention on Women’s Studies, Centre for Women’s Research, Colombo, Sri Lanka, March, 2002
  • Women’s Participation in Development Activities. Paper Presented at the 18th European Conference on Modern South Asian Studies, University of Lund, Sweden, July, 2004.
  • Gender Differences in Experience War: Sri Lankan experience.  Paper Presented at the Seventh national Convention on Women’s Studies, Centre for Women’s Research, Colombo, Sri Lanka, July, 2012
  • Religious Healing in War-affected Children in Sri Lanka, Paper Presented at the 6th International Conference on Culture and Heritage, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, June, 2015
  • War-Affected Children and Psycho-Social Rehabilitation, Paper Presented at the International Conference on Promoting Socio-Economic Equity in South Asia: Challenges and Prospects. Colombo, Sri Lanka, July, 2015.
  • Community Based Psycho-Social Rehabilitation for War-Affected Children in Sri Lanka, Paper Presented at the International Conference on Post Conflict Rehabilitation. University of Science and Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan, November, 2015.

Awards and scholarships

  • Awarded the Hilmi Manzil Prize for Best Graduate in Sociology at the General Convocation, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 1998
  • Awarded the Dr. (Mrs). Stanley G. Abeysinghe Memorial Gold Medal in Sociology at the General Convocation, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 1998.
  • SIDA/SAREC Grant in 2003.

Training and Workshops

  • Intensive Training Workshop on Involuntary Resettlement Planning, held at Hector  Kobbekaduwa Agrarian Research and Training Institute, Colombo, Conducted by Ministry of Environment & Natural Resources and Ministry of Land, 27th of November to 1st of December, 2002
  • Graduate Workshop on Social and Cultural Photography and Filming- Visual Anthropology, held at the Department of Sociology, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 7th of February to 14th of February, 2003
  • Human Rights Education Training Programme, held at the Youth for Unity and Voluntary Action (YUVA) Centre, Mumbai, India, from 2nd of June to 21st of June, 2003