Department of Sociology

Faculty of Arts - University of Peradeniya


Miss. H. D. P. Premarathne

BA (Peradeniya), Postgraduate Diploma (Colombo), M.Phil (Peradeniya),PhD in Sociology (Reading - On study leave)
Social Stratification, Sociology of Development, Social Mobility, Sri Lanka Society, Sociology of Education, Social Research.

+94 81 2392611


  • Bachelor of Arts, (special) in Sociology, First Class( Honors), Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya, 2007
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychosocial Work with placement report Merit Pass (GPA 3.75), Faculty of Graduate studies, The University of Colombo. 2010/2011
  • Master of Philosophy in Sociology, Department of Sociology, University of Peradeniya, 2015
  • Reading for PhD in Sociology (On study leave)


  • Lecturer, Department of Sociology, University of Peradeniya,
  • Instructor in Social Work, Department of Peadiatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo (2010-2013)
  • Assistant Lecturer, Dept of Sociology, UOP (2008 -2010)

Research Interests

  • Job quality, work-life balance, Well-being, Child Health, Women and work, Sociology of Family


  • Diabetes and your child: A Hand book for parents of children with type 1 diabetes mellitus; de Silva S, Premarathne P, Jayasena A. (ISBN 978-955-0629-01-5, ISBN 978-955-0629-02-2, ISBN 978-955-0629-03-09, in Sinhala, English & Tamil Languages, sponsered by “Nirogi Lanka Projec”, Diabetic Prevention Task Force, SLMA, Publisher: Triple Publicity,  Second Edition: 2014, First Edition: 2012)
  • An article on “Child Protection Strategies in Sri Lanka” in the Magazine of “PRAVAHINI”, published by the Women Education and Research Centre (WERC) Colombo 03,I Vol,  2013 (in Sinhal language)
  • An article on ““Prevention is better than cure: Let's prevent gender based violence within the health care system”in the Magazine of “PRAVAHINI”, published by the Women Education and Research Centre (WERC) Colombo 03,Vol II,  2013. (in Sinhal language)
  • A Chapter on “A sociological analysis of food behaviour of the University students”, in the Magazine of “Samaja Wimasuma”, published by Department of Sociology, The University of Peradeniya,2012/13.
  • A research article on “Comparison of the cost for two aspects of health care in hospitals in the state and private sector” by K.S.H.de Silva, H.Wijesundara, J A A Dilhani, H,D.P. Premarathne and N S Gunawardhana, Journal of te Ceylon Collage of Physicians, 2012, 43, 24 -27.
  • An information booklet for families with Down syndrome: The Way forward with Down syndrome; Dullewa S, Sumanasena SP, Premarathne HDP. (ISBN 978-955-629-00-8); Publisher: Triple Publicity, First Edition:2011)
  • A chapter on “Social Aspect of Thalassaemia” in the book edited by Prof. Manouri Senanayake, Department of Paediatrics, University of Colombo, pp-30-50. (ISBN 978-955-652-814-5; Publisher: Wijesuriya Grantha Kendraya, First Edition: Feb 2011)
  • Premarathne HDP. (2010), “Family as a Social Institution”,Foundation of Sociology (SSF 2305) Academic Reading Module – Block-II, Vol 2, ISBN: 978-956-23-1134-6, The Open University of Sri Lanka, Nawala, pp-12-24.( in Sinhala, English & Tamil languages)
  • Premarathne HDP. (2009/10), The Role of Family and School in the Process of Socialization”(Samajanujoyanaya sandaha Pawula saha Pasale athi Wedagathkama), Sambasha Treatise Journal, Vol 17,  The Ministry of Education, Sri lanka
  • Plantation Sector in Transition: Up country plantation in Sri Lanka”, Participated as a member of the research team together with researchers in the Department of Sociology, The University of Peradeniya, 2009.
  • Have worked on the book of “Sharing of Experiences on Good Practices in Quality Assurance, University of Colombo, 2011 as a copy editor with Chairperson Internal Quality Assurance Unit, prof. Manouri Senanayake, published by Academic Publications Unit, The University of Colombo.
Research Publication
  • Premarathe P, de Silva Amarasiri, Wikramasinge VP. (2014), “A sociological analysis of social-cultural factors associated with childhood obesity”, The Peradeniya University Research symposium-International (iPURSE) Peradeniya, 04th-05th July, 2014
  • Premarathe P, de Silva Amarasiri, Wikramasinge VP. (2013), The Impact of Television Viewing on the Incidence of Obesity among Children in Colombo District, Sri Lanka”, The 13th Scientific Session of the Commonwealth Association of Paediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition (CAPGAN 2013) Colombo, from 06th to 07th December, 2013
  • Premarathne,P, de Silva, Amarasiri, Wickramasinghe VP. (2013)“A study of Association between Sedentary Life Style and Childhood Obesity in Urban Sri Lanka”, Global Health Conference Proceeding, Asia Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health, The 45th Annual Conference, Whuhan University, Global Health Institute from 24th to 27th October, 2013, Wuhan, China, P:384.
  • Premarathe P, de Silva Amarasiri, Wikramasinge VP. (2013)“Influence of Gendered Ideas and Practices on Childhood Obesity: A study of a cohort of obese and overweight children in the Western Province of Sri Lanka”, 16th Annual Scientific Congress of the Sri Lanka College of Paediatricians, Colombo, ISSN: 1391 -2992, Vol4, No 2, Pp.54 -55.
  • Premarathne HDP, Wanigasinghe J, An assessment of the education needs of children with Epilepsy, 10th Annual Academic Sessions- 2013 of the Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists organized in collaboration with the Sri Lankan Psychiatrists’ Association–UK, 1st to 3rd March, 2013, (Awarded as the Best Poster Presentation).
  • Wanigasinghe J, Sumanasena S, Premarathne HDP, Senevirathne B, Gunawardhena S. “Designing an early intervention programme to meet the needs of children with disabilities and their families within a low resource setting”, International Conference on Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, in March, 2013, Lucknow, India.
  • Premarathne HDP, Wanigasinghe J, “Psychosocial needs of children with epilepsy”, 6th Annual scientific Sessions & international symposium on CNS demyelination, Association of Sri Lankan Neurologists, 16th – 18th November 2012  Programme, (P:65) (Awarded as the Best Poster Presentation).
  • Premarathne HDP, Kulasekara N,”Youth and their search for decent employment: Aspiration of Arts undergraduates”, International Research Conference 2012, 25-27 November 2012, The University of Sri Jayawardhanapura, (ISSN: 2279-22309)
  • Premarathne HDP, Sumanasena S, “Children with Down Syndrome: The needs of the Parents”, Asia Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health (APACPH) 2012,(Pp:329-330)
  • de Silva S, Premarathne HDP, Jayasekara, M, Cost of Hospitalization in a state sector hospital when compared to a hospital in the private sector, Asia Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health (APACPH) 2012.  
  • Premarathne HDP, “Impact of Goloblization on food consumer patterns of the University students: An Ethnographic study”, 2nd International Symposium 2012, 25-27 May 2012, University of South Eastern, Sri Lanka (ISBN: 978-955-627-303-3, Pp. 126-128).
  • Premarathne HDP, “A Study of Rural Women Empowerment for Poverty Alleviation” with reference to Regional Economic Advancement Project in Matale District, Annual Research Session, Centre for Women Research, Colombo,2012.
  • Premarathne HDP, “Food behaviour of the University Students of the Faculty of Arts., University of Peradeniya”, 5th Research Conference Abstract book, The Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka, 30th – 31st March 2012.
  • Premarathne HDP, &  Kulasekara N.K., An assessment of Interests, Attitudes, and Future Aspirations of First Year Students of the Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo, Annual Research Symposium 2012: “Converging Technologies & Sustainable Communities”, The University of Colombo, 16th and 17th August 201, Proceedings, ISBN 978-955-0460-32-8, Pp:98-100.


  • British Sociological Association, UK
  • Founder member of the National Obesity Forum,
  • Founder Member of the Sri Lanka Association of Child Development in Sri Lanka
  • Founder Member of the International Interaction club (2014), University of Peradeniya.
  • Life member of Alumni Association of University of Peradeniya
  • Life member of the University Explorers’ Club, University of Peradeniya
  • Life member of the Royal Asiatic society, Sri Lanka

Awards and scholarships

Awards of Fellowships and Travel Grant
  • The Travel Grant was awarded by the International Research Centre of the University of Peradeniya to participate the APACPH conference (Research Paper Presentation) held in Wuhan, China, 24-27th Oct, 2013.
  • The fellowship was awarded by the ADAPT, Mumbai, India and International Centre for Child Health, University college of London for the Asia Pacific Regional Training Programme (6 months), ‘Community Initiatives in Inclusion’, Mumbai, India , 2013
  • The Travel Grant was awarded by the Women’s Council, United Kingdom, 2013.
Research Awards
  • Best Poster Award at the 10th Annual Academic Sessions - 2013 of the Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists organized in collaboration with the Sri Lankan Psychiatrists’ Association – UK. (Poster presentation on An Assessment of the Education Needs of Children with Epilepsy)
  • Best poster Award at the 6th Annual scientific Sessions & International Symposium on CNS Demyelination, Association of Sri Lankan Neurologists, 2012. (Poster presentation on Psychosocial Needs of Children with Epilepsy)
Medals and Prizes
  • Won Dr, Mr. & Mrs. Stanley G.Abeysinghe Memorial Gold Medal for Greatest Competence in Sociology in 200, The University of Peradeniya.
  • Won Hilmy Manzil Memorial Prize for Greatest Competence in Sociology in 2007, The University of Peradeniya.
  • University Scholarship for Academic Excellence for First Class (Honour) Degree 2006/2007,The University of Peradeniya.
  • First place award at the Open Island-wide Essay competition held in commemoration of ‘THE INTERNATIONAL DISABLE DAY-2008’ organized by the Department of Social Service and Social Welfare and Saviya Sanwardhana Foundation of Sri Lanka.
  • Won the fourth place award at the Open Island–wide Essay Competition in Commemoration of ‘International Women’s Day 2007’, organized by the Human Rights Commission.
  • Mahapola Merit Scholarship, 2003-2007, University Grant Commission, Sri Lanka
University Coulours awards
  • The University Colours Awards - 2003/2004/2005/2006, The University of Peradeniya.
  • SLUSA Colours Awards For the Inter University Games 2003-2007, Sri Lanka University Sport Association.
  • Volunteer Student Counsellor, Faculty of Ats, University of Peradeniya
  • Working as a member of Ethical Review Committee of the Sri Lanka College of Paediatricians (SLCP), Colombo since 02.01.2012 up to date.
  • Working as a Visiting Academics since 06th June, 2013 up to date at the Faculty of Food and Nutrition, The University of Wayamba (Course of Sociology of food and Nutrition and Medical Sociology of Degree programme of BSc. Food and Nutrition).
  • Working as a visiting lecturer and examiner since 01st March, 2009 up to date at the Department of Social Studies, The Open University of Sri Lanka (Degree Programme of Sociology and Commonwealth Youth Development Study Programme)
  • Served as a Provincial coordinator (central province) in the Youth Survey of the National Human Development Report – 2014 with the team headed by Dr. Harini Amarasooriya, Open University of Sri Lanka, 2013.
  • Resource person in the two day workshop of ‘TOT workshop for children frontiers – child society leaders’ program’ organized by the world Vision Lanka dated on 18 – 19, August , 2014.
  • Conducted a Training programme for the trainers (TOT) on “Engage Men in Prevention of Violence Against Women” organized by the Ministry of women Empowerment and Child Development and Divisional Secretariat – Galgamuwa, on 09th December, 2013 in Galgamuwa Divisional Secretariat.
  • Worked as a moderator and facilitator in conducting Community Research and Focus Group Discussions of the research of climate changes and adaptation with a research group from Venderbilt University, USA (Prof. James Fraser) with the partnership of National Building Research Organization, from 06.06.2013 to 12. 06.2013
  • Worked as an Instructor in Social Work from 28. 01. 2010 to 02.05.2013, at the Department of Paediatrics, at the Faculty of Medicine, The University of Colombo.
  • Worked as an Academic – Sub warden from 22.02.2010 to 02.05.2013, at the De Seram Place Lady’s Hostel in The University of Colombo.
  • Coordinator of the Down Syndrome Self Help Group, Organized by the Intervention clinic, Lady Ridgeway Hospital for children in collaboration with Department of Paediatrics Faculty of Medicine, and The University of Colombo, Since 2011
  • Participated in the Social work workshop from 15th to 28th December, 2008 conducted by Amritha University –Kerala, India.