Prof. K. Amirthalingam (PhD, Cmb) - Director

K. Amirthalingam is a Professor in Economics attached to the Department of Economics, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. He works both as a researcher and development consultant with a special interest in public finance, Sri Lankan economy and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

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Alikhan Mohideen (M.Phil, Peradeniya)

Mr. Alikhan is a lecturer in geography attached to the Univeristy of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka currently doing doctoral studies at Sussex University. He has been a visiting lecturer at the Department of Geography, University of Colombo and has experience working with a research team at the University of Sussex, UK in the areas of migration, IDPs and refugees. His interested areas of research are labour migration, IDPs, refugees, resettlement and gender. He did his MPhil at the Department of Geography, University of Peradeniya focusing on return and reintegration of Labour migrants.

Sakeena Alikhan (MSc)

Sakeena is a specialist in Geographic Information Systems(GIS). She has worked with the International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES) developing maps for projects on post war resettlement and women’s development. She has Masters in Environmental Science and Bachelors in Geography and has lectured at the University of Colombo. Sakeena’s areas of interest include migration and climate change and has a number of publications.

Prof. Iresha Lakshman (PhD, Monash)

Iresha M. Lakshman is a Professor at the Department of Sociology, University of Colombo. She obtained her BA (Hons) Degree in Sociology from the University of Colombo and her PhD from Monash University, Australia in 2004. Her research interests include sociology of education, gender and urban studies. She has authored one book and several journal articles.

Asela Ekanayaka (BA)

Asela works at the Central Bank. He was previously a research professional at the CEPA and project coordinator at ICES in a IDRC funded project on involuntary resettlement. He is a graduate from University of Colombo and his interested areas of research are resettlement, education, urban violence and resettlement.

Archana Patankar (PhD, Bombay)

Dr. Patankar is an independent consultant working in the field of environment, climate change vulnerability and adaptation and urban health. She has taught economics at postgraduate level for a number of years and has published many research papers on health and climate change adaptation. Her consultancies and multi country studies include the World Bank, Asia Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN), Japan, IRDR International Centre of Excellence, Academia Sinica, Taiwan SEA-START Regional Center, Thailand, International Institute for Energy Conservation (IIEC), Reliance Energy and Tata Power.

Prof. Sunethra Perera (PhD, Mahidol)

Sunethra Perera is a Professor in Demography attached to the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Her PhD from University of Mahidol, Thailand focused on international contract labour migration and children left behind in Sri Lanka. Sunethra holds a number of postgraduate qualifications on Population Studies and Economic Development. She has experience of analyzing survey and census data on migration in Sri Lanka. She has written extensively on internal and international migration.

Mahalingam Vijenthiran (MAFE, Cmb)

Vije has a focus on social development and policy. He has worked with numerous projects, agencies and institutions as both trainer and researcher. He has a BA in economics and MA in financial economics at the University of Colombo.

Prof. Wasantha Seneviratne

Wasantha Seneviratne is a Professor in Public and International Law in the Faculty of Law, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka and the Director of the Centre for the Study of Human Rights, a research institute affiliated to the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Currently she is the Head of the department of Public and International Law and a Member of the Expert Panel on New Constitution Making for the country. Professor Seneviratne teaches Public International Law, International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law both at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels in many law teaching institutions in Sri Lanka.

Viyanga Gunasekera (M.Phil, Peradeniya)

Viyanga Gunasekera is a Researcher at the International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES), Colombo who holds an MPhil in Psychology from the University of Peradeniya. Her research has covered the psychosocial wellbeing of ex-combatants and pluralistic memories of post war Sri Lanka. Currently, she is involved in studies that explore barriers to women’s representation in politics, issues related to land and gender, social wellbeing of coastal communities, social inclusion, and reimagining vulnerability during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Chinthaka Jayasundara (PhD, QUT)

Dr. Jayasundara is a lecturer at the Department of Economics, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. He obtained his PhD from the School of Economics and Finance at the Queensland University of Technology, Australia. He has a Masters in Economics (MEcon) from the University of Colombo and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Postgraduate Institute for Management (PIM), University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka.