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Department of Sociology

Faculty of Arts - University of Peradeniya

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Mr. Susantha Rasnayake

BA (Peradeniya), MA (Peradeniya), MPhil (Peradeniya)
Urban Studies, Society Environment and Culture, Development Studies

rasnayakarms@yahoo.com
+94 71 3888753

Biography

Susantha Rasnayake 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 Colombo, and the Department of Social Sciences, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka from 2007 to 2011. He earned his BA (Hons.) in Sociology in 2006 and MA in 2011 from the University of Peradeniya. Subsequently, he earned his MPhil mastering in Urban Anthropology in 2016 from the same University. His areas of expertise are urban space and development, development studies, environmental studies and, media and society.

Education

  • 2016 - MPhil in Sociology, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
  • 2011 - MA in Sociology, University of Peradeniy, Sri Lanka
  • 2002-2006 - BA (Sociology special) with First Class Honours, University of Peradeniy, Sri Lanka
  • 2008 - Diploma in HRM

Appointments

  • Lecturer in Sociology, Department of Sociology, University of Peradeniya, from 2nd May 2011
  • Visiting Lecturer, BSc Degree Programme/BSc (Nursing) Degree Programme in Natural Science 2013/2014, Open University of Sri Lanka, Kandy Regional Center, Academic Year 2013/14
  • Visiting Lecturer, BA Degree in Social Sciences Level V, Semester I, Open University of Sri Lanka, Kandy Regional Center, Academic Year 2013/14
  • Visiting Lecturer, Department of Social Sciences, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, Academic year 2012/13
  • Temporary Lecturer, Department of Social Sciences,Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka from 11th May 2009 to 1st May 2011
  • Temporary Assistant Lecturer, Department of Sociology, University of Colombo from 2nd July 2007 to 19th July 2009
  • Visiting Lecturer, Department of Applied Nutrition, Faculty of Livestock, Fisheries and Nutrition, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, 2012
  • Visiting Lecturer, Department of Social Sciences, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, Academic year 2007/2008
  • Visiting Lecturer, Department of Social Sciences, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, Academic year 2008/2009
  • Visiting Lecturer, External Degree Programmes & Extension Service Unite (EDPES) Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, Academic year 2010
  • Visiting Lecturer, External Degree Programmes & Extension Service Unite (EDPES) Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, Academic year 2011

Research Interests

  • Urban Studies
  • Post-Development Studies
  • Applied Sociology
  • Environmental Studies
  • Media and Society

Completed and Ongoing Research

  • City Beautification and Slum Resettlement in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Publications

Books
  • Saman,H. & Rasnayake. S., (2011)
    Development Sociology (in Sinhala), Battaramulla: Samira Publishers
Book Chapter
  • Rasnayake,S., (2014)
    Media, Public Sphere and New Dynamics of Democracy, in Political Sociology-02, Eds. Saman Handaragama, Battaramulla: Samira Publisher.
Refereed Journal Articles
  • Rasnayake, S., Silva, K.T., & Herath, H.M.D.R. (2015).
    Governing Urban Poor: A Critique on the Discourse of Slum Free City in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Proceedings, Peradeniya University International Research Session, Vo 19. 2015.
  • Rasnayake, S., Silva, K.T., & Herath, H.M.D.R. (2015).
    Victims of Beauty: An Inquiry on the Livelihood Impacts of Slum Resettlement Programme Driven by City Beautification Project in Colombo, Proceedings,, International Research Conference- Changing-Socio-Economic dynamics in Sri Lanka: Contexts, Cultures and Imaginations, December 2015, Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo.
  • Rasnayake,S., (2014)
    An Introduction to Social Exchange Theory, Samaja Vimasuma, Vo.16, 2014.
  • Rasnayake,S., & Predeep,H.U.S., (2014)
    Environmental Degradations and the Reality of Global Consumption: An Environment Sociological Analysis,Sabaragamuwa University Journal, January
    2014, No 01.
  • Rasnayake, S., Kamalrathne,T. & Predeep,H.U.S., (2013)
    Diffusion of Religious Values and Repositioning  the God Sakra in Sinhalese Religious Pantheon: The Case of New Laksmi Shrine in Kataragama, Modern Sri Lanka Studies; A Journal of the Social Sciences, Vo iv, No 01.
  • Rasnayake,S., Handaragama,S., Predeep,H.U.S., Susanjika,N.,& Kamalrathne, T., (2013) Nimali Susanjika. The Role of Informal Women Entrepreneurs in Livelihood Development and Regional Development, International Journal of Arts and Commerce, vol:2, no :5, May 2013. Centre for Enhancing Knowledge, U.K.
  • Ramesh,R., Rasnayake,S & Kamalrathne,T., (2013)
    Women Rights in Sri Lanka: An Inquiry in to the Rights of Plantation Women.
    International Journal of Arts and Commerce, vol: 02, no: 07, July 2013. Centre for Enhancing Knowledge, U.K.
  • Rasnayake, S., (2010)
    Why We Should Understand Culture of Poverty in Sustainable Development?:A Sociological Study, Peace, Prosperous and Development: 21 Aspirations andChallenges of 21st Century, Prof. Dayanandha Somasunadara Felicitation Volume, edited by M.Sunil Shantha and Herath Madane Bandara- 2010.
  • Rasnayake,S., (2009)
    Socio-economic Changes and Modernization of Rural Paddy Cultivation: A Sociological Analysis, Sabaragamuwa University Journal, January 2010, No.01.
  • Rasnayake, S., (2008)
    Gender and Sports; A Sociological Analysis, Nivedani, vol.14, 2008 December, Women Education and Research Centre (WERC): Colombo. 06.
Conference Papers
  • Chamikara, M.A.P., Galappaththi, A., Sajanthan, K., Rasnayake, S., Manoji, C., Jayathilake, A.A.C.A., Yapa, Y.P.R.D., Kodituwakku, S.R., & Gunathlilake, J., (2014)
    Statistical and Sociological Analysis on Crime Data, Proceeding of the Postgraduate Institute of Science Research Congress, Sri Lanka, October, 2014.
  • Ihalagedara, M., Rasnayake, S., Sajanthan,K., (2014)
    Dynamics of Sexual Stimulations through Facebook among University Students, Proceedings, Peradeniya University International Research Session, Vo 18. 2014.
  • Sajanthan,K., Rasnayake, S., Kamalrathne,T., Chamikara, M.A.P., & Gnanarathne, A.K.A.S., (2014)
    Vulnerability of War-Widows in the Post-War Development Scenario: A Case Study of War-Torn Kandawai Divisional Secretariat Division of the Kilinochchi District in Sri Lanka.Proceedings, Peradeniya University International Research Session, Vo 18. 2014.
  • Rasnayake, S., & Jyasena, C. 2013. Cross-Cultural Dynamics of Abortion: A Sociological Study in Three Selected Ethnic Communities in Sri Lanka, Book of Abstracts, Peradeniya University Research Session; PURSE 2013.
  • Rasnayake, S., & Kamalrathne,T., Pradeep, H.U.S., (2012)
    The changing Role of the God Sakra in the Sinhalese Buddhist Tradition: An Anthropological View. The Millenium Challenge for Buddhism, International Buddhist Conference, 2012, Buddhasravaka Bhiksu University,Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka.
  • Hearath, H.M.D.R., Rasnayake, S., & Kamalrathne, T., ( 2012)
    Either God or Devil: Beyond Buddhism: An Anthropological View of Yakkama RitualPeradeniya University Research Sessions (PURSE),2012, Proceedings Vol. 16.
  • Ramesh,R., Rasnayake, S., & Kamalrathne,T., (2012)
    Student Drop-out in the Plantation Sector in Sri Lanka: A Critical Analysis of Causes and Repercussions, The Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka, 5th Research Conference, March 30th -31st 2012.
  • Rasnayake, S., & Kamalrathne,T., (2011)
    Restrictions for Social Mobility and Rural Urban Migration in Sri Lanka; A Sociological Analysis, National Conference on Regional Development, South Eastern University, December 2011.
  • Sivakumar, N., Pradeep, H.U.S., & Rasnayake, S., (2011)
    The Importance of Public-Non-Profit Partnership at Sub-National Level for Post-War Regional Development in Sri Lanka, Youth Voices in Post-War Sri Lanka:Challenges, Aspirations &Opportunities for Transformation, Conference Proceedings, January 2012
  • Samarakoon, S.J.M.N.G, & Rasnayake, S., (2011)
    Youth Aspirations, Social Mobility and Goal Attainment of Education in Sri Lanka, FGS 12th Annual Research Symposium, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Kelaniya, November 2011.
  • Bandara, T.W.M.T., Perera, S., Kamalrathne,T., & Rasnayake, S., (2011)
    Eco-tourism for Rural Livelihood Development: Case study of Reverstern Area in Sri Lanka, International Conference, Sri Sai Ram Institute of Management Studies, Chennai 2011.
  • Rasnayake, S., & Jayasena, C., (2010)
    Abortion in War Affected, Marginalized Women in Sri Lanka,Towards Post War Development, 9th Annual Research session, Eastern University, Sri Lanka, December 2010.
  • Rasnayake, S., (2010)
    Changing Buddhist Perception in the Commercial Context,Proceeding of the Fourth International Conference of Sri Lanka Association of Buddhist Studies, Sri Lanka International Buddhist Academy, December 2010.
  • Rasnayake, S., (2009)
    Socio-economic Changes of Agricultural Modernization in Rural Society with special reference to Rasnayakapura Village in Nikaweratiya, Role of Sociology in Dealing with Contemporary Issues in Sri Lanka, Sociological Association of Sri Lanka, University of Colombo. 2009.
Manuscripts
  • Rasnayake, S., (2010)
    The Role of Media in the Process of Post-War Development,
    Prajashakti, Colombo: Rural Development Training and Research Institute, January 2010.
  • Rasnayake, S., (2009)
    Traditional Knowledge on Land and Water Management of Agriculture, Manuscripts and Paper presentation symposium, organizes by Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka. 2009.
  • Rasnayake, S., (2009)
    Poverty Alleviation Experience of Sri Lanka. Towards GoodGovernance, Department of Development and Research- NW- Provincial Administration, Vol 03, 2009.
Non- Refried Journal Articles
  • Pradeep, S and Rasnayake, S. 2013. "A Critical Analysis on the Concept of Citizenship of Classical Greece and Rome". Gnanoddeepanee: The compendium in commemoration of Most Venerable Nugethanne sri pannabhidhana.  Sri Sambuddathwa jayanthi Viharaya, Anuradhapura.
  • Rasnayake, S., (2009)
    An Anthropological Analysis on Culture of PovertyPrajna, The Compendium in Commemoration of Most ven. Rambukwelle pannasara Thero, edited by Rnjanlal Gammeddage. 2009.

Awards and scholarships

  • Awarded as the best research paper (with co-authors)- Eco-tourism for Rural Livelihood Development: Case study of Reverstern Area in Sri Lanka, International Conference, Sri Sai Ram Institute of Management Studies, Chennai 2011.

Academic and Administrative Experience

  • Volunteer Student Counselor, University of Peradeniya, Faculty of Arts, 2014
  • Academic Sub-Warden, James Peris Hall, University of Peradeniya, 2013/14
  • Seminar Coordinator, Department of Sociology, University of Peradeniya 2013/14
  • Seminar Facilitator, GAQ Seminar Series for the year 2014, Centre for Distance and Continuing Education, University of Peradeniya
  • Seminar Facilitator, BA Seminar Series for the year 2012, Centre for Distance and Continuing Education, University of Peradeniya
  • Co-coordinator for the Diploma in social Development & welfare, External Degree Programmes & Extension Service Unite (EDPES) Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, Academic year 2011
  • Student Counselor, Faculty of Social Sciences & Languages, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, 2009/2010
  • Syllabi Setter- Curriculum Revision-2009, Department of Social Sciences, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka