Department of Sociology

Faculty of Arts - University of Peradeniya

Dr. HMKS Wanninayake

Senior Lecturer

BA (Peradeniya), M Phill (Peradeniya), PhD (Gothenburg University, Sweden)

  •    Department of Sociology
  • Click to show phone number
  • Click to show mobile number



Gothenburg University, Sweden



University of Peradeniya



University of Peradeniya


Current Positions

Senior Lecturer (Grade 1) - Department of Sociology, University of Peradeniya

2006 - To Present

Positions Held

Lecturer (Probationary) - Department of Sociology, University of Peradeniya


Temporary Assistant Lecturer - Department of Sociology, University of Peradeniya

1993 - 1999

Visiting Lecturer - University of Raja Rata, Anuradhapura

1994 - 1995

Visiting Lecturer - Affiliated Pali Buddhist University of Asgiriya, Kandy

1994 - 1995


Society for Sociological Association - University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya


Representative of Postgraduate students for the Welfare Board - University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya



PhD Research Scholarship Holder - SIDA / SAREC, Sweden

2003 - 2008

Fellowship Holder - (PIMU), GTZ

1999 - 2000



Wanninayake, Shantha (2021). Human Migration and Overseas Women Labour Migration in Sri Lanka, (in Sinhala), S. Godage and Brothers (Pvt) Co.Limited, Colombo 10.

Wanninayake, Shantha (2020). Forced Migration: Conflict Induced Displacement and Resettlement in Sri Lanka. (in Sinhala). S. Godage and Brothers (Pvt) Co.Limited, Colombo 10.

Wanninayake, S. (2017) Making a ‘Home’. Internal Displacement and Resettlement Process in Sri Lanka in Border Areas of Sri Lanka 2002-2006. Sweden, Gothenburg University.


Wanninayake, Shantha (2021). ‘Welcome guests: settlements of Sinhalese IDPs and local integration process in Sri Lanka’. Sri Lanka Journal of Social Sciences, 44(1), pp.83–96.

DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljss.v44i1.8049.

Wanninayake, S. (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

Wanninayake, S. (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.

Wanninayake, S. (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


Wanninayake, S. and De Silva. M. W. A. (1997)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.

Wanninayake, S. and De Silva, M, A. (1997 ) Class, Caste and Name Changes among the Sinhalese. Paper presented at the University of Peradeniya, Research Colloquium.


Wanninayake, S. (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.


3rd International Conference on Innovation Challenges in Multidisciplinary Research Practices (ICMRP- 2015)

‘Finding a Place for Residence; IDPs Remaining in Host Communities: A case of Sri Lanka’

at Singapore

15-16, December 2015

04th International Conference on Peace and Conflict Management (ICPCM 2021), GARI Research Symposium

Understanding the Challenges of Post conflict Reconciliation in Sri Lanka

@ Galle Face Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka

19th March 2021

South Asian Studies Association 2009 Conference

Internally Displaced Persons in Sri Lanka: Relationships between Self-Settled IDPs and Their Hosts in North Central Part of the Country”. University of Central Florida, USA, April 3-5, 2009

The 12th Conference of the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration (IASFM12); Transforming Boundaries.

Self-Settled IDPs in Sri Lanka: An Alternative Approach to Internal Displacement? A case of North Central part of Sri Lanka, The University of Nicosia, Cyprus, June 28-July 2, 2009

IPRA 2008 Global Conference

Factores in the Residencial choices of Self-Settled IDPs in Border Villages Nothern and North-Central Province in Sri Lanka, University of Leuven, Belgium. July 2008

The 11th Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration (IASFM)

Socio-economic Relations between Internally Displaced Persons and Their Host Community. A case study of Sri Lanka, The American University in Cairo, January 2008

The 9th Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration (IASFM)

Forced Migration: Integration of Internally Displaced Persons in Sri Lanka, São Paulo, Brazil, January 2005.

Research Interests

Peace and Development, Migration, Disaster Management Human Displacement, Refugees and Internal Displacement, Resettlement and Reconciliation,

Research Grants Received

Survey on Returned Women Migrant Workers in Sri Lanka" - Centre of Women's Research (CENWOR), Colombo. 2001-2002.

Impact of Middle East Employment of Women on the Socio-economic Situation in Sri Lanka". Poverty Impact Monitoring Unit (PIMU), GTZ. 1999-2000.

Individual Mobility within Sinhalese Caste System. University Research Grants, University of Peradeniya. 1996 -1997.