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Department of Sociology

Faculty of Arts - University of Peradeniya

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Dr. Upali Weerakoon

BA (Peradeniya), M Phill (Peradeniya), Ph. D(Peradeniya)
Rural Sociology, Social issues, Social Work and Welfare, Sociology of Religion, Sociology of Education

weerakoonupali@yahoo.com , weerakoonupali@arts.pdn.ac.lk
+94 71 8495489 / +94 81 2392806 / +94 81 2392611

Biography

Dr. Upali Weerakoon is a Senior Lecturer attached to the Department of Sociology, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. He has worked as a Temporary Lecturer, Department of Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Rajarata University of Sri Lanka, Mihintale. He earned his B.A. (Hons) in Sociology from the University of Peradeniya in 1994. Subsequently, he obtained his M.Phil in Sociology from the same university in 2002 and obtained the PGD in Education from the Open University of Sri Lanka, Nawala, Nugegoda in 2006. Later he successfully completed his Ph.D at the University of Peradeniya in 2012. His interested research areas are rural sociology, social issues, social work and welfare, sociology of religion and sociology of education.

Education

  • Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. - 2012
    Thesis: “The Role of Kinship in Resettlement of People Displaced from Border Villages:”
    A study on selected internally displaced people in the Anuradhapura District, Sri Lanka.
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Education, Open University of Sri Lanka, Nawala, Nugegoda. Sri Lanka. 2006
  • M.Phil in Sociology, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.2002.
    Thesis: “A Sociological Study of the Role of the Family in Heroin Addiction in Sri Lanka”.
  • B.A. (Hons), in Sociology, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. 1994.
    Dissertation: “Heroin Addiction and Rehabilitation of Addicts in Sri Lanka”.

Appointments

  • Senior Lecturer (Gr. II), Department of Sociology, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. 2015 to date
  • Chief Editor, Magazine of Samaja Vimasuma, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya. From 15th March 2021 to date.
  • Chief Supevisor, Magazine of Samaja Niriksha, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya. 2016 to date
  • Reviewer - Prathimana Journal (Vol. No. 14, issue 1 - 2021), Prathimana Academic Journal, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Science, University of Rhuna.
  • Reviewer, PGIHS Research Congress- 2020, Post-graduate Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of peradeniya.
  • Reviewer, Ruhuna University International Conference on Humanities and Social Sciences RUICHSS Research Congress- 2020, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Ruhuna.
  • Committee Member of Arts Faculty Senior Common Room, Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya. 2020
  • Treasure, Sociology Association, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya. 2020 to date
  • Manual writer, Course Unit SUPE 210- Population and Society, Centre for Distance and Continuing Education, University of Peradeniya.2021
  • Senior Students Counselor, Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya. 2016, 2018, 2019
  • Member of Board of Survey to verify the inventory articles. (Departmental Board of Survey) 2016, 2017, 2018.
  • Member of the Faculty Student Affairs and Advisory Committee. 2016 - 2017.
  • Member of Facilities Viewing, Site Visits Schedule- Programme Review, Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya.2017
  • Volunteer Student Counselor- Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya. 2015
  • MCQ Questions Paper setter. Regional Heath Training Centre, Yatinuwara, Kadudannawa. 2016
  • Lesson Writer under Quality and Innovation (QIG) – HETC Project, Centre foe the Educational Technology and Media (CETMs), The Open University of Sri Lanka, Nawala, Nugegoda. 2015
  • Oral Examiner of the Viva-voce examination of the M. Phil Degree. The Higher Degree Committee of the Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya. 2015
  • Warden, Hindagala Hostel, University of Peradeniya, 2015
  • Temporary Lecturer, Department of Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Rajarata University of Sri Lanka, Mihintale.2007-2009
  • Assistant, Career Guidance Unit, Rajarata University of Sri Lanka, Mihintale. 2007-2009
  • Academic Sub warden. Mahasen Boys Hostel, Rajarata University of Sri Lanka. Mihintale. 2008-2009.

Research Interests

  • Rural Sociology
  • Social issues
  • Social Work and Welfare
  • Sociology of Religion
  • Sociology of Education

Publications

Books
  • Sociology of Education, Published by Author, Nethwin Printers, Getabe, Peradeniya. 2020.
  • Collected Letters of Social Sciences. Kandy Offset Printers Ltd. Peradeniya Road, Kandy. 2007
  • Identification, Classification and Production of Drug. Warakapola, Ariya Publication. 2003
  • Sociology. Analyze-1 Mapa Graphics and Publication, Urapola, Nittabuwa. 2003
  • Religious Beliefs and Rural People. Mapa Graphics and Publication, Urapola, Nittabuwa. 2003
Produce Teaching, Learning and Assessment Material
  • Politics and Social Movement, Session 09 - SSU 2156“Party Politics and Exploitation of Human Suffering” Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Open University, Sri Lanka, 2015. pp. 94-107
Research
  • “Pulleyar God Worship and Multiculturalism” Facilitating Local Initiatives for Conflict Transformation (FLICT), Colombo. 2010
  • “A Role of Vishnu God”. Ministry of Agriculture in Central Province, Kandy. 2017
  • “The Role of Kinship in Resettlement of People Displaced from Border Villages:” A study on selected internally displaced people in the Anuradhapura District, Sri Lanka (Ph. D. Research)
  • “A Sociological Study of the Role of the Family in Heroin Addiction in Sri Lanka” (M.Phil. Research)
  • “Heroin Addiction and Rehabilitation of Addicts in Sri Lanka”.(B.A. special degree in Sociology Research).
Research Abstract
  • “Role of Kinship in Resettlement Process of Internally Displaced People in Sri Lanka” International Conference on Social Work- Social Development and sustainable Development Goals. Organized by International Consortium Social Development (Asia –Pacific Branch) and department of Sociology, University of Peradeniya.29-30 September 2016
  • Deity Worship and Sinhala Tamil Relations in Post War in Sri Lanka. Postgraduate Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Peradeniya, Annual Research Congress – 31st March 2017
Research Paper
  • A Study of Pulleyer Cult in a Selected Area of the Vavuniya District from the Perspective of Sinhala-Tamil Relations and Multiculturalism Reflections 2010: Managing Diversity, Reconciliation and Development. 01- 02 November 2010, Galadari Hotel, Colombo. GTZ, Ministry of National Languages & Social Integration and European Union.
  • Religion and mental health in the conflict affected areas. Paper Presented with Professor K.T. Silva. 05-06 October 2010.University of Peradeniya. Trauma and Global Heath (TGH) Program of People’s Rural Development Association (PRDA) Sri Lanka.
Journal Article
  • “Analysis of Gender in Social Development” Sinduliya Magazine, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy Seva Vanitha Unit, 2021. pp. 68-71
  • “Ethnic Integration and God worship”, Professor Sarath Amarasinge Felicitation Volume, Sociology Department of Rhunu University: Martara. 2018 September. pp. 126-164
  • “An Examine the Users of Heroin Drugs” Minimuthu Magazine- 2nd Version, Education Unit in Central Province: Kandy, 2018. pp. 16-19
  • “The Displaced People” Minimuthu Magazine- 4th Version, Education Unit in Central Province: Kandy, 2018. pp. 21-22
  • “A Role of Vishnu Devala and the Festival of Kandy Perahera”. The Culture of Secret Dalada. Ministry of Agree Culture in Central Province: Kandy. 2017. Vol. 12 pp. 76-93
  • “Kin Relation and Resettlement of Displaced People” Sastra Locana- The Annual Journal of Literary Festival. Bhiksu University of Sri Lanka, Anuradhapura. 2017. pp. 483-499
  • “Causes of Displacement and its Consequences” Academic Article Series. Society of Educational Service, central Province, kandy. 2017. pp.31-50
  • “Analysis of Ethnic Group and Ethnic Conflict”, Prathimana: Ruhuna Journal of Sociology 2015/2016 Tenth Volume, Department of Sociology, University of Ruhuna, Matara.2016. pp.199-210
  • Introduction to Concept of Village and Border Villages. Felicitation Volume of Senior Professor AKG. Jayasinghe, Department of Sociology, University of Ruhuna, Matara. 2016 p.207
  • “Displaced People Due to War and Resettlement Process: A Role of Kinship”. Social Sciences and Humanities Review, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Ruhuna Volume 02, No. 02, March 2015, ISSN: 2279-3933. pp. 14-26
  • “Introduction to the Drugs and Analysis of the Definition of Drugs”. P.B. Prathiba “Uwasara” collection of papers in Honor of Senior Professor P.B. Ekanayake. Wijesooriya Granta Kendraya. Colombo. 2012. pp. 331-345
  • Does family obligation in the context of current challenges? Navayugaya. 2004 January. pp. 64-65
Journal Article
  • Visiting lecture at the Post-graduate Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Peradeniya. Sri Lanka- Lectured on an Interdisciplinary Diploma degree program on Sociology. 2018, 2019, 2020 to date
  • Visiting Lecturer in Sociology for External Degree Programme of the University of Sri Jayawardhanapura, Nawala. National Youth Service Council, Matale. 2000- 2008
  • Delivered a guest lecturer on “Women Contribution in Social Development” at the Devon Rest, Kandy. Organized by Cultural and Women Welfare Foundation of Kandy District in 13th of December 2019
  • Delivered a guest lecturer on “Dahama school child for the future” at the Bodimalu Temple, Kalugamuwa, Chief incumbent, Sri Seelawimala Dahama School, Bodimalu Temple, Kalugamuwa, Peradeniya in 26th 0f November 2018
  • Delivered a guest lecturer on “ Social Responsibility of Senior Citizens” at the Berawods College, Kandy. Divisional Secretariat, Kandy in 22nd of May 2018
  • Delivered a guest lecturer on “Protecting the older generation” at the Seewalee College, Hindagala, Peradeniya. Divisional Secretariat, Kandy in 28th of October 2017
  • Delivered a guest lecturer on “Introduction to Sociology” at the Gangarama Resource Training Centre, Lewella, kandy. Central Province Education Office, Kandy. 30th of November 2017
  • Delivered a guest lecture on “Drug Prevention” at the Doluwa Library Hall, Naranwita Temple and Panvillatenna Temple, Divisional secretarial, Doluwa, Gampola. 2003
Seminar Series
  • Monthly Sociology Seminar Series “Multiculturalism and God Worship” Arts Theatre, Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya. Department of Sociology, University of Peradeniya. 03rd of July 2019

Membership:

  • Member of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science, Vidya Mandiraya, 120/10, Colombo 7.
  • 2010: Research Grant from the Facilitating Local Initiatives for Conflict Transformation (FLICT), Colombo, Sri Lanka. Research on pulleyar cult in a selected area of the vavuniya district from the perspective of Sinhala–Tamil relation and multiculturalism

Awards and scholarships:

  • Senior Students Counselor, Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya. 01/01/2016 to  31/12/2016
  • Volunteer Student Counselor- Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya. 2015
  • Member of the Faculty Student Afairs and Advisory Committee. 28th January 2016 to  28th January 2017.  
  • Member of the Arts Faculty Student Affairs and Advisory Committee effected from 28th January 2016.
  • Treasure, Sociology Alumina Association, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya 2015/2016 
  • Warden, Hindagala Hostel, University of Peradeniya, 15/01/2015 to 31/ 12/2015
  • Academic Sub warden. Mahasen Boys Hostel, Rajarata University of Sri Lanka. Mihintale.  2008-2009.
  • Member of the Syllabus Revision Committee for preparing a report related with the QEF 3rd round of the IRQUE Project, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities,  Rajarata University of Sri Lanka, Mihintale.- 2008
  • Television Programmes - “Development Notes” in Sinhala. Programme No. 27 Telecasted on the 05th of June 2011, Young Asia Television Channel. Net. Development Diaries. Young Asia TV 
  • Justice of the Peace ( All Island) Regi. No.09/10/CP/MD/114. Appointed by Ministry of Justice and Law Reforms, Sri Lanka.