Department of Sociology

Faculty of Arts - University of Peradeniya

Ms. Kowsalya Duraisamy

Senior Lecturer (Grade II)

PhD (NUIG, Ireland - Reading), MPhil (Peradeniya), BA (Peradeniya)

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About Me

Kowsalya Duraisamy is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. She teaches in a variety of areas including Sociological Theory, Social Research and Applied Sociology. Her primary focus of research lies on a range of gender, health and development related study areas including public health; women, work and well-being; and various aspects of the Sri Lankan estate sector Tamil community that help the conversation of community health and social development.


PhD (Reading)

National University of Ireland





Current Positions

Senior Lecturer - University of Peradeniya

February 2012 - To Present

Positions Held

Visiting Lecturer - PGIHS, University of Peradeniya


Department Representative, (FQAC) - University of Peradeniya


Course Coordinator of ESS1006 - University of Peradeniya


Resource Person (Seminar Series) - Centre for Distance and Continuing Education


Translator - Centre for Distance and Continuing Education


Volunteer Student Counselor - University of Peradeniya


Lesson writer, Quality and Innovation Grant, HETC Project - OUSL

Temporary Assistant Lecturer - University of Peradeniya


Voluntary Lecturer - University of Peradeniya



Committee member - Peradeniya Arts Faculty Teachers’ Association


Member - Welfare Committee, University of Peradeniya


Committee member - International Conference on the Humanities and the social sciences (ICHSS)



Merit for Outstanding Performance, Skills Development Programme - Kandy Arts Council


Rathna Deepa Award for Literature Skills - Hill Country Cultural and Arts Association, Kandy.




Duraisamy, K. (2018). Health and Medicine among the Plantation Tamils in Sri Lanka: A Historical Perspective. 150 years of Tea in Sri Lanka. Express News Papers (Ceylon) Ltd. Sri Lanka.

Duraisamy, K. (2015). Labour Movements and Political Mobilization of Indian-Origin Estate Sector Tamils in Sri Lanka. ‘Politics and Social Movements’ course module, Open University of Sri Lanka, Nawala, Nugegoda, Sri Lanka.


Duraisamy, K. (2019) Book Review - Tea and Solidarity: Tamil Women and Work in Postwar Sri Lanka (By Mythri Jegathesan) Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences. PGIHS, Sri Lanka.

Duraisamy, K. (2014). Standard of Living of the Indian Origin Tamils in the Sri Lankan Estate Sector. International Journal of Scientific and Research Publications, Volume 4, Issue 3, March 2014, ISSN 2250-3153.

Duraisamy, K. (2014). Karl Marx on Religion, Ilangathir 2013/14, University of Peradeniya: Thamilchangam.

Duraisamy, K. (2012). Student Motivation in School Education – A Behavioural Approach, Ilangathir 2011/12, University of Peradeniya: Thamilchangam.


Duraisamy, K. (2019). Social Dimensions of Breastfeeding and Weaning Patterns in the Sri Lankan Estate Sector. The World Conference on Child and Youth. The International Institute of Knowledge Management (TIIKM). 04th-05th July 2019, Colombo.

Duraisamy, K. (2016). Estate Women in the Battle of Gendered Poverty: A Multidimensional Approach towards Feminization of Poverty in the Sri Lankan Estate Sector. International Conference on Social Work-Social Development and Sustainable Development Goals. International Consortium for Social Development, Asia Pacific Branch with Department of Sociology, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka and Charles Sturt University, Australia.

Duraisamy, K. (2015) Self-Reliance Strategy in Sri Lankan Rural Development: A Study with Special Reference to Seeds (Guarantee) Ltd of the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement, Peradeniya University International Research Sessions, November 2015, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.

Duraisamy, K. (2014). Income and Indebtedness in the Sri Lankan Estate Sector: An Investigation of Saving Habits among Indian-Origin Tamils in Sri Lanka, Peradeniya University International Research Session, July 2014, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.

Duraisamy, K. (2014). Sri Lankans in the International Job Market: Consequences of Brain Drain and the Need for Brain Gain, International Conference on Sri Lanka in World Affairs, July 2014, Department of International Relations, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Duraisamy, K. (2014). Tamil Diasporic Perceptions of Post-War Reconciliation in Sri Lanka: with Special Reference to Diasporic Portrayals Recorded in Social Media. 15th Annual Research Symposium, October 2014, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka.

Duraisamy, K. (2014). Uncovering the Latent Dimensions of Post-War Ethnic Reintegration between Sinhala and North-East Tamil Youths in the Sri Lankan State Universities. 15th Annual Research Symposium, October 2014, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka.

Duraisamy, K. (2013). A Medical Anthropological Study on the Significance of the Navagraha in Ritualistic Health Seeking Behaviours of Hindus, 2nd International Conference on Social Sciences, November 2013, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka.


Research Congress, PGIHS, 2019

Under-graduate Research Congress, Faculty of Arts (URCFA), 2018

iPURSE, 2017.

Research Interests

Public Health, Health and Development, Women’s work and well-being