Department of Political Science

University of Peradeniya


Dr. Ramasamy Ramesh

BA(Hons.), MRDP, PhD



  • PhD in Public Administration 2014 - 2018, under the joint program between the University of Bergen, Norway, Tribhuwan University, Nepal and the University of Peradeniya.
  • Masters in Regional Development and Planning (MRDP) 2010, University of Colombo.
  • B.A.(Special Degree) in Political Science 2008 with Second Upper-Class Honors, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.


  • Lecturer, Department of Political Science, University of Peradeniya (2013 onwards).
  • Visiting Lecturer, Department of Social Studies, Open University of Sri Lanka (2012-2013).
  • Assistant Lecturer, Department of Political Science, University of Peradeniya (2011-2013).
  • Assistant Lecturer, Department of Social Sciences, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka (2010-2011).
  • Program Officer for Citizens Rights Project, World University Service of Canada (WUSC), Sri Lanka (2008-2010).
  • Resource Person – Center for the Study of Human Rights, the University of Peradeniya (mainly taught minority rights, International human rights mechanism, good governance human rights etc.) (2011-2013).
  • Visiting Lecturer at the School of Politics, Colombo (2013).
  • Academic Sub-warden, James Pieries Hall, University of Peradeniya (2011-2013).
  • Volunteer student counselor (2011-2013).
  • A member of the resource panel for post graduate program, Department of Political Science, University of Peradeniya. (2013- 2017).

Research Interest and Teaching

  • Governance, public administration, institutional trust, the quality of government, public policy, corruption, human rights and the plantation community.

Research Conferences

  • Presented the paper entitled “Corruption in Decentralized Governance: the case of Local Government in Sri Lanka, at the International Conference, held at South Eastern University, 2013.
  • Presented the paper entitled “citizens trust in public institutions of Sri Lanka” at the International Conference on Social Sciences held at University of Peradeniya, 2016
  • Presented the paper entitled “citizenship rights, social margins and the public service delivery in Sri Lanka”, at the PhD seminar, University of Bergen, Norway, 2015.
  • Presented the paper entitled “Public administration in Sri Lanka: structure, changes and management” at the conference on Public Administration in South Asia, held in Kathmandu, Nepal, 2015.
  • Presented the paper on “Status of Social Citizenship Rights of the Plantation Tamils in Sri Lanka” at the International Conference on Social Sciences and Humanities, held at the University of Colombo, 2015
  • Presented the paper entitled “citizenship rights, access to public services and the quality of government in Sri Lanka” at the EADI conference, held Bergen, Norway 2017.
  • Presented the paper entitled public service delivery, institutional trust and quality of government in Sri Lanka at the ICES conference, held in Colombo, Sri Lanka 2017.
  • Presented the paper entitled “Institutional Trust in Paradox: The case of Plantation people in Sri Lanka, at the Annual Academic Session, Eastern University of Sri Lanka, 2017.

Articles Published in Peer-Reviewed Journals

  • Does Ethnicity Matter: an inquiry on citizens trust in public institutions of Sri Lanka, Millennial Asia (Sage), 2017.
  • Local government service delivery, citizenship rights and social margins in Sri Lanka, Canadian Journal of Politics and Law, 2016, Vol 09 (10).
  • Youth Unemployment in the Plantation Sector in Sri Lanka: A critical analysis of Causes and Consequences, the journal of National Institute of Plantation Management, 2012.
  • Good Governance in Sri Lanka: A Critical Analysis of Challenges and Possibilities, the Palgalai Journal, Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya, 2013.
  • The Impact of Decentralization on Regional Development: An Inquiry-based the Provincial Council System in Sri Lanka, the Parliament Research Journal of Sri Lanka, 2013.
  • Women Rights in Sri Lanka: An inquiry on the Rights of Plantation Women, the International Journal of Arts and Commerce, Vol 7. No 2, July 2013.


  • Politics of Poverty and Poverty Alleviation, Electoral Politics, Government and Politics in Sri Lanka
  • Is Men and Women’s Political Representation Equal? Theory and Practice of Gender Quotas, (Tamil Translation) Fredrich Ebert Stiftung, Colombo, 2012.
  • Increasing Women’s Political Representation in Local Governments: Challenges and Expectations, (Tamil Translation) Fredrich Ebert Stiftung, Colombo, 2012.
  • Local Government Service Delivery and Plantation Community in Sri Lanka: A Human Rights Perspective, Kumaran Book House, Colombo 2013.
  • Contemporary Political Concepts (co-authored), Information Welfare Center, Kandy, 2015.
  • A Manual on Obtaining Social Security Benefits in Sri Lanka, USAID, 2015

Book Chapters

  • Party politics in the plantation sector of Sri Lanka: growth and changes (2017). In, Amita Shastri and Jayadeva Uyandoga, (eds,) Political Parties in Sri Lanka: changes and continuity. Oxford University Press.
  • Public Administration in Sri Lanka: An Inquiry into Structure, Reforms, and Management (coauthors), 2018. In, Ishtiaq Jamil, (ed), Civil Service Administration in South Asia (in print). Palgrave Macmillan, USA.

Awards and scholarships

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Other Credentials

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