Ph.D. - Thesis submitted – 2015. Thesis: Making a ‘Home’. Internal Displacement and Resettlement Process in Sri Lanka in Border Areas of Sri Lanka 2002-2006. Gothenburg University, Sweden.
M. Phil - 2000.M. Phil Thesis: "A sociological study of the impact of Middle East Employment of Females on Socio Economic Situations of Rural Families in Kurunegala District of Sri Lanka. University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.
B.A. - Sociology (Hons). Second Class (Upper Division), University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya. Sri Lanka. 1992
2006 to date - Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology, University of Peradeniya
2001 - 2006 - Lecturer (Probationary), Department of Sociology, University of Peradeniya.
1993 - 1999 - Temporary Assistant Lecturer, Department of Sociology, University of Peradeniya
1994 - 1995 - Visiting Lecturer, University of Raja Rata, Anuradhapura
1994 - 1995 - Visiting Lecturer, Affiliated Pali Buddhist University of Asgiriya, Kandy.
Research interest areas are, Undergraduate and Research Methods, Peace and Development, Sociology of Migration, Human Displacement Refugees and Internal Displacement.
Completed and Ongoing Research
“Individual Mobility within Sinhalese Caste System". University Research Grants, University of Peradeniya. 1996 -1997.
"Impact of Middle East Employment of Women on the Socio-economic Situation in Sri Lanka". Poverty Impact Monitoring Unit (PIMU), GTZ. 1999-2000.
"Survey on Returned Women Migrant Workers in Sri Lanka" - Centre of Women's Research (CENWOR), Colombo. 2001-2002.
2012 - Shantha Wanninayake (2012) “Challenges and Obstacles in the Process of Return and Resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons during the Post War Period in Sri Lanka”. Journal of Samaja Vimasuma. Vol. 15. p2010
Shantha Wanninayake (2010)“Choosing of residence place, resettlement and Host Community Relations of Internal Displacement in Sri Lanka”. Journal of Samaja Vimasuma. Vol.14. p 21-65.
2006 - Shantha Wanninayake (2006). “Woman, Family and Middle East LabourMigration”; A Sociological and Anthropological Study.Journal ofSamaja Vimasuma,Vol.12. p 157-186. University of Peradeniya. Sri Lanka.
2000 - H. M. K. S. Wanninayake (2000) Factors affecting successes and failures of Returnee Women from the Middle East: A Sociological Study of Middle East Employment in Kurunegala District. PIMU, GTZ, Colombo.
1997 - M. W. Amarasiri de Silva and S. Wanninayake. De-stigmatising the Name or Moving up in the Caste Ladder: Name Changes among the Sinhalese. University of Peradeniya, Annual Research Sessions, Edited by B.R.R.N. Mendis, M.A. Careem and S.D.S. Seneviratne, November 1997, pp. 23-39.
1997 - M. W. Amarasiri de Silva and .S. Wanninayake.Class, Caste and Name Changes among the Sinhalese. Paper presented at the University of Peradeniya Research Colloquium, August 1997.
Conference Papers and Proceedings
2009 - Shantha Wanninayake (2009) “Internally Displaced Persons in Sri Lanka: Relationships between Self-Settled IDPs and Their Hosts in North Central Part of the Country”. South Asian Studies Association 2009 Conference at the University of Central Florida, USA. April 3-5, 2009.
2009 - Shantha Wanninayake (2009) “Self-Settled IDPs in Sri Lanka: An Alternative Approach to Internal Displacement? A case of North Central part of Sri Lanka”. The 12th Conference of the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration (IASFM12); Transforming Boundaries. The University of Nicosia, Cyprus. June 28-July 2, 2009.
2008 - Shantha Wanninayake (2008) “ Factores in the Residencial choices of Self-Settled IDPs in Border Villages Nothern and North-Central Province in Sri Lanka. To present a paper at the IPRA 2008 Global Conference, University of Leuven, Belgium, 15-19 July 2008.
2008 - Shantha Wanninayake (2008) “Socio-economic Relations between Internally Displaced Persons and Their Host Community. A case study of Sri Lanka” The 11th Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration (IASFM), The American University in Cairo. 6-10 January 2008.
2005 - Shantha Wanninayake (2005) “Forced Migration: Integration of Internally Displaced Persons in Sri Lanka"The 9th Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration (IASFM), São Paulo, Brazil Jan. 9-13, 2005.
2004 - H.M.K.S. Wanninayake (2004). Forced Migration and Internal Displacement in War Affected Area in Sri Lanka. Nordic Institute for Asian Studies, Leifsgade 33, Copenhagen, Denmark.
2004 - Shantha Wanninayake (2004). Economic Liberation and Labour Migration in Sri Lanka. 18th European Conference on Modern South Asian Studies, University of Lunds, Sweden.
1997 - M. W. Amarasiri De Silva and S. Wanninayake (1997), A Caste class and name changes among the Sinhalese. Annual Research Sessions, Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya..
1996 - M. W. Amarasiri De Silva and S. Wanninayake (1996). A Individual Mobility as depicted in Name, Changes among the Sinhalese. Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science, 52nd Annual Session Proceedings No. F. 19 Page 238.
Thesis and Dissertations
2015 - Ph.D Thesis: Making a ‘Home’. Internal Displacement and Resettlement Process in Sri Lanka in Border Areas of Sri Lanka 2002-2006. Gothenburg University, Sweden.
2001 - M. Phil Thesis : A Sociological study of the Impact of Middle East Employment of Females on Socio B Economics Situation of Rural Families in Kurunegala District, Sri Lanka.(Sinhala).
1992 - B.A. dissertation: A Sociological Study of beliefs, services and practices woven around the Sacred B0 Tree, Sri Maha Bodiya. Department of Sociology, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.(Sinhala).
2000 - H. M. K. S. Wanninayake (2000). Factors Affecting Successes and failures of Returnee Wome from the Middle East: A Sociological Study of Middle East employment in Kurunegala District@. Research Report Submitted to the Poverty Impact Monitoring Unit, (PIMU), Colombo.
Participation Conference and work shops
2007 - H.M.K. Shantha Wanninayake “Civil Society and Accountable Global Governance” Workshop at the School of Global Studies, Gothenburg University. Sweden, 13-15 June 2007.
2008 - H.M.K.S. Wanninayake “ Björn Hettne Conference on Security and Development” Conference at the School of Global Studies, Gothenburg University, Sweden, October 17-18, 2008.