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Department of Sociology

Faculty of Arts - University of Peradeniya

academic

Dr. P. K. Seelagama

BA (Peradeniya), MA (Japan), PhD (Japan)
Social Institutions, Regional Development, Tourism and Development

poorniseelagama@gmail.com
+94 81 239 2611

Education

  • PhD in Regional Development, 2017, Saga University, Japan
  • Master of Arts in Development Economics, 2014, Saga University, Japan
  • PhD in Regional Development, 2017, Saga University, Japan

Appointments

  • Senior Lecturer (Grade II), Department of Sociology, University of Peradeniya.
  • Lecturer and Head of the Department of Languages at the Australian College of Business and Technology (ACBT) Kandy Campus, Sri Lanka from May 2018 to September 2018
  • Lecturer (Part time) at the Faculty of Economics, Saga University, Japan from 2016 to 2018
  • Lecturer (Part time) at the Faculty of Economics, Saga University, Japan from 2016 to 2018

Research Interests

  • Institutions, Tourism, Development, Gender, Early Childhood Education, Healthcare systems, Medical Sociology, Japanese Management System

Publications and Conferences

Publications:
  • Seelagama, P. K. (2017). “Postwar Tourism and the Institutional Paradox”, In De Silva, S. (ed.) Developmental Dynamics: Transforming Societies for Sustainable Futures, A Festschrift in Honour of Professor Piyadasa Ratnayake, The Economic Association of Saga University, Japan, pp. 261-275.
  • Seelagama, P., Ratnayake, P. (2016). “Tourism for Economic Development: The Invisible Hands that Hold the Pandora’s Box”. Saga University Economic Review, Vol. 48(6), pp. 39-58.
  • Seelagama, P., Ratnayake, P. (2015). “Impact of Formal Institutions on the Tourist Attractions subsector in Sri Lanka”. Journal of World Development Studies, Vol. 1(1), pp. 1-24.
  • Seelagama, P.K. (2014). “The Impact of Formal Institutions on Tourism Development: A Study on the Tourist Accommodation Sector in Sri Lanka”. Research Process, Vol. 3(1), pp. 99-114.
  • Seelagama, P. (2014). “Institutional Impact on Tourism Development: The Experience of Sri Lanka”. Saga University Economic Review, Vol. 47(4), pp. 1-28.
  • Seelagama, P. (2010). “The Importance of Gender Mainstreaming. Praja Shakthi, Volume January-June, pp 28-32.
  • Shifani, A.G.F. & Seelagama, P. (2010). “Domestic Violence in the Plantation Sector in Sri Lanka”.  In K. Athukorala, S. Pinnawala, T. Kamalrathne, P. Seelagama (eds.) The Plantation Sector in Transition. Department of Sociology, University of Peradeniya, pp 79-96.
  • Member of the four-member editorial board of the Volume The Plantation Sector in Transition (2010). Department of Sociology, University of Peradeniya: Sri Lanka.
Conferences
  • Seelagama, P.K. (2016). “The Impact of Informal Institutions on Tourism Development in Sri Lanka”, Proceedings of the 29th Annual Conference of the Japan Association for South Asian Studies, Kobe City University of Foreign Studies, Japan, September 24th -25nd, 2016.
  • Seelagama, P.K. and Ratnayake, P. (2015). “The Interaction and Interdependence of Formal and Informal Institutions and its Impact on Development of the Tourism Sector in Sri Lanka”, Proceedings of the Third Conference of Sri Lanka Japan Collaborative Research, University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, September 18th – 19th, 2015.
  • Ratnayake, P. and Seelagama, P.K. (2014). “Institutional Impact on Tourism Development: The Experience of Sri Lanka”, Paper presented at the Third International Conference on Challenges of Development in the 21st Century: Asian Perspectives, International University of Japan, Niigata, Japan, May 31st – June 1st, 2014.
  • Seelagama, P.K., Galahitiyawa, H.K. & Varnidha R. (2010).“Sexuality among Military Personnel”, Proceedings of the Peradeniya University Research Sessions (PURSE Volume 15), University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, December 16th 2010. 
  • Shifani, A.G.F & Seelagama, P.K. (2010).“Domestic Violence in the Plantation Sector in Sri Lanka”. Paper presented at the National Conference on The Plantation Sector in Transition, Department of Sociology, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, May 8th 2010.

Membership

  • Member of Japanese Association for South Asian Studies (JASAS) since July 2016
  • Member of the Japan Society for International Economics (JSIE) since July 2016

Awards and scholarships

Awards
  • Hilmy Manzil Memorial Prize for Sociology – General Convocation 2009, University of Peradeniya.
  • Mr. & Mrs Stanley G. Abeysinghe Memorial Gold Medal in Sociology – General Convocation 2009, University of Peradeniya.
Scholarships
  • Monbukagakusho Scholarship (MEXT) offered by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology of Japan for postgraduate Studies at Saga University, Japan (Oct 2011-March 2017).
  • JASSO (Japan Student Services Organization) Scholarship for undergraduate studies as an Exchange Student at Saga University, Japan (Oct 2005- Sep 2006).
  • Mahapola Merit Scholarship, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka (April 2003 – September 2005).
  • Fluent in Japanese, English and Sinhala Languages