E. L. Sunethra J. Perera

Dr. E. L. Sunethra J. PereraHead – Department of Demography & Senior Lecturer

Ph.D. (Mahidol), M.A.,Postgraduate Diploma, BA (Hons.) (Colombo)

Office: +94 112586111, Mobile: +94 716045292, Fax: +94 11 2581110

E-mail: sunethrae@gmail.com

Qualifications

♦ Ph.D. (Demography),IPSR,Mahidol University, 2009

♦ M.A. (Economics), University of Colombo, 1999

♦ PG Diploma (Population Studies-Merit Pass), University of Colombo, 1998

♦ PG Diploma (Economic Development), University of Colombo, 1997

♦ B.A (First Class), University of Colombo, 1994

Teaching

♦ Migration studies

♦ Population ageing

♦ sexual and reproductive Health

♦  Human resources & manpower Planning

♦ Population forecasting for socioeconomic planning

♦ Population data analysis

♦ Population theories

♦ Mortality and morbidity studies

♦ Economic demography

♦ Population and development

♦ Research methodology

♦ Computer applications for demographic analysis.

Research interests

♦ Internal and international migration & children

♦ Population ageing

♦ Fertility and reproductive health and Gender and poverty.

Awards and grants

 “Migration and Urbanization in Sri Lanka: Opportunities and challenges facing the urban population towards social and economic security. – Project No. AP/3/2012/CG/07. Under the University of Colombo Collaborative Research Grant 2012-2015.

  “Women’s Knowledge, perception and health seeking behavior related to their reproductive health issues in urban settlement communities in Colombo, Sri Lanka. – Project No. AP/3/2/2014/RG/15. Under University of Colombo Research Grants 2014-2017.

Postdoctoral award to do research papers on ageing ,functional disability and long-term care in Thailand, 2011 by the Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University, Thailand

Postgraduate Award to present a paper on The impacts of transnational migration and household wealth on children’s school enrolment in Sri Lanka: 9th Asia Pacific Sociological Association (APSA) conference 13-15, June, 2009:  Bali, Indonesia

Award to present a paper on Parents overseas migration and children left-behind in Sri Lanka at the Workshop on Transnational Parenthood and Children- Left- Behind in Oslo, Norway 20-21 November 2008.

Grant for Doctoral Degree National Centre for Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences (NCAS), Sri Lanka, 2006.

Award for Master Degree, Department of Economics, University of Colombo, 1998

Involvement with other organizations

Postdoctoral Fellow of the IPSR, Mahidol University

Member of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP)

Treasurer of Population Association of Sri Lanka (PASL)

Visiting Lecturer, Department of Zoology, Faculty of Science, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

Member of South Asia Migration Research Network

Book Chapters

Sunethra Perera & S. Ukwatta (2000) How popular is the Western Province among the migrants in Sri Lanka, Demography of Sri Lanka: Issues and Challenges, Page:140-155, Colombo, Department of Demography, University of Colombo .

Sunethra Perera (2010)Other Population Issues:A Study Guide. Faculty of Arts. University of Colombo. Page: 77-89.

Book review

Sunethra Perera (2010) Ghazy Mujahid and K.A.P. Siddhisena. (2009) Demographic Prognosis for South Asia: A Future of Rapid Ageing, Paper in Population Ageing, No.6, Bangkok, Thailand, Asia and the Pacific Regional Office, Sri Lanka Journal of Population Studies,Vol.11.

Refereed Journal articles

Perera Sunethra and Aree Jampaklay. 2011. International migration and children left behind: Impacts on children’s school enrolment in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Journal of Population Studies. Volume 12-13. Page 81-100.

Perera Sunethra. 2008. International contract migration in Sri Lanka: Dynamics issues and policy implications. Sri Lanka Journal of Population Studies. Volume 10. Page40-56.

De Silva W. I & Perera Sunethra. 2007. Trends and determinants of migration in Sri Lanka. Economic Review. Volume 33. Page 4-9.

Perera Sunethra. 2005. Patterns, determinants and consequences of Internal migration in Sri Lanka 1981-2001. IWE Journal, Institute of Workers Education. Volume 5. Page 76-101.

Perera Sunethra. 2004. Determinants of current attitudes to reproductive health among female labour migrants: A study of Katunayake Export processing Zone.Sri Lanka Journal of Population Studies. Volume 7. Page 36-51.

Other articles

De Silva W. I & Perera Sunethra. 2007. Trends and determinants of migration in Sri Lanka. Economic Review. Volume 33. Page 4-9.

Technical reports/ working papers

  Ukwatta, S.,Siddhisena, K. A. P.,Perera,E. L. S. J. andBalasuriya, A. 2011, Health issues pertaining to internal migration, A report prepared for the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka.

Poverty and social integration among Female migrant workers in Export Processing Zone Katunayake. IMCAP, University of Colombo, 2002.

Conference paper presentations / workshop attended

 Participated in the Asian Meta Centrer’s Hands- on Workshop on modeling and projecting population organized by the Asian Demographic Research Institute (ADRI), from 5-12 April, 2017.

 Participated in the Asian Population Forum 2016 organized by the Asian Demographic Research Institute (ADRI), from 9th – 12th October 2016 held in Gucun Park Hotel, Shanghai.

 Perera Sunethra (2016). Population ageing and public policy in Sri Lanka: applied demographic perspectives, a paper presented at the Annual Research Symposium of the Department of Demography, University of Colombo, 8th December 2016.

 Perera Sunethra (2016). Attitudes of female youth on sexual and reproductive health and their needs: A case of urban settlement communities in Colombo, a paper presented at international research conference, Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo (Co- authored).

 Perera Sunethra (2016). Knowledge and attitudes towards menopause: Experience of post-menopausal women in Urban Settlement Communities Colombo, A paper presented at International Research Conference, Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo (Co- authored).

 Perera Sunethra (2014). Internal migration patterns and issues in Sri Lanka. Paper presented at Annual Research Symposium 2014, Department of Demography, University of Colombo 17th, December, 2014

 Perera Sunethra (2014). Health vulnerability among women prisoners in Sri Lanka. Fourteen national conventions of women’s studies, 3rd December 2014, Center for women’s research (CENWOR), Colombo (Co- authored)

 Perera Sunethra (2014). Unmet desire for having additional children of Sri Lankan women. Paper presented at 16th Annual Sessions of Population Association of Sri Lanka, 5th July, 2014 Colombo. (Co-authored)

 Perera Sunethra (2014). Demographic compositions and employment issues of urban Settlement communities in Colombo district. Paper presented at Annual Research Symposium 2014, National Centre for Advanced Studies (NCAS), 21st March, 2014

 Perera Sunethra (2013). The emerging patterns and issues of internal migration in Sri Lanka. Paper presented at 15th Annual Sessions of Population Association of Sri Lanka, 8th September, 2013 Colombo

 Perera Sunethra (2013). Ageing and disability among institutionalized elderly in Sri Lanka; Paper presented at the Annual Research Symposium-2013, Faculty of Arts, and University of Colombo

 Perera Sunethra (2013). Factors affecting children’s education in urban settlement communities in Colombo; Paper presented at the Annual Research Symposium-2013, Faculty of Arts, and University of Colombo (Co-authored)

 Perera Sunethra (2013). The impact of parental overseas migration on education of the children left-behind in Sri Lanka; Paper presented at the International Conference on Migration (ICSOM): Sri Lankans on the Move organized by the National Scientific Foundation, Sri Lanka, 23-25 January 2013 (Co-authored)

 Perera Sunethra (2012). Feminization of ageing and Functional disability among Elderly: A Panel study of the Kanchanaburi Demographic Surveillance System, Thailand.Paper presented at 2nd Asian Population Association Conference, 26th -29th August, 2012: Bangkok, Thailand (Co-authored)

 Perera Sunethra (2012). The Pattern of Household Receiving Remittance in KDSS, Thailand Paper presented at 2nd Asian Population Association Conference, 26th -29th August, 2012: Bangkok, Thailand (Co-authored)

 Perera Sunethra (2012). Migration impact and patterns in Sri Lanka: A literature review and a data source with potential for household level gender analysis 2012 Annual Conference, Barcelona, June 27-29. (Co-authored)

 Perera Sunethra (2012). Fertility preferences among married women in Sri Lanka: the role of modern contraceptive technology, Annual Research Symposium 2012: Converging technology and sustainable communities, 16th – 17th August, 2012, University of Colombo. (Co-authored).

Sunethra Perera. 2011. Participated in the South Asia Migration Research Network: Course 4: Migration, inequality and social change: September 19th 25thNegombo, Sri Lanka.

SunethraPerera. 2011. Participated in the international training programme on Empowering Women through Social, Economic and Cultural Intervention, 18h – 23nd July 2011 Indonesia.

Sunethra Perera. 2010. The impact of remittances and gendered process of international migration on children left behind: A case study of Kalutara District, Sri Lanka: 12th International Conference on Sri Lanka Studies. (ICSLS) conference, 18th -20th March, 2010, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Sunethra Perera. 2009.The impacts of transnational migration and household wealth on children’s school enrolment in Sri Lanka: 9th Asia Pacific Sociological Association (APSA) conference 13-15, June:  Bali, Indonesia.

Sunethra Perera. 2008. Parents overseas migration and children left-behind in Sri Lanka- a paper presented at the Workshop on Transnational Parenthood and Children- Left- Behind in Oslo, Norway 20-21 November 2008.

Sunethra Perera. 2008.Gender Differentials in the Pattern and Determinants of International Labour Migration: Evidence from Sri Lanka: NCAS Conference, 17th -18th October : Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Sunethra Perera. 2008.Female internal labour migration, living conditions and vulnerability: a case study of Katunayake export processing zone Sri Lanka. AcademicWorkshop on Migration vulnerability and Security, SLFI, Colombo.20-22, August, 2008

Sunethra Perera. 2005.Reproductive health of Katunayake FTZ migrant female workers: A study of their intimate relationships, contraceptive knowledge and sexually transmitted disease; Paper presented at 10th International Conference on Sri Lanka Studies, 16th -18th December: University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka.

Sunethra Perera. 2005. Trends, characteristics and patterns of internal migration in Sri Lanka 1981-2001, Paper presented at 8thAnnual sessions, Population Association of Sri Lanka, 15th October, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Publications

♦ Perera Sunethra (2017). Social and economic differentials among households of urban migrants: Evidence from Kalutara District, Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Journal of Social Sciences, National Science Foundation, Sri Lanka:Vol. 41(1) JA/16/SS/17 (forthcoming)- Co-Author

♦ Perera Sunethra (2017). Ageing Population of Sri Lanka: Thematic Report Based on Population and Housing- 2012, UNFPA & Department of Census and Statistics: Colombo, Sri Lanka

Perera Sunethra (2015). Mobility, 20.4 Million: Sri Lanka’s Population at a Glance, UNFPA: Colombo, Sri Lanka.

♦ Perera Sunethra (2014). The children left behind by international migrants from Sri Lanka: victims or beneficiaries of globalization in Giorgia Dona and Angela Veale (eds) Children, migration & globalization, Palgrave- Co-author.

♦ Perera Sunethra (2014). Feminization of ageing and Functional disability among Elderly: A Longitudinal study of the Kanchanaburi Demographic Surveillance System, Thailand. . Sri Lanka Journal of Population Studies, Volume 14(Co-author)

♦ Perera Sunethra and Aree Jampaklay (2011), International migration and children left behind: Impacts on children’s school enrolment in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Journal of Population Studies, 2011, Volume 12-13: 81-100

♦ Perera Sunethra (2008), International contract migration in Sri Lanka: Dynamics issues and policy implications. Sri Lanka Journal of Population Studies, Vol. 10: 40-56.

♦ De Silva W. I & Perera Sunethra (2007), Trends and determinants of migration in Sri Lanka. Economic Review ,Vol.33 (4-9)

♦ Perera Sunethra (2005), Patterns, determinants and consequences of Internal migration in Sri Lanka 1981-2001, IWE Journal, Institute of Workers’ Education, Vol. 5 : 76-101.

♦ Perera Sunethra (2004), Determinants of current attitudes to reproductive health among female labour migrants: A study of Katunayake Export processing Zone, Sri Lanka Journal of Population Studies, vol. 7: 36-51.

Theses

International contract labour migration and children left behind in Sri Lanka: the impact on children’s education. A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Demography), Faculty of Graduate Studies, Mahidol University, 2009.

Internal Migration Patterns in the Western Province in Sri Lanka – 1998 – A Dissertation submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Postgraduate Diploma in Population Studies, University of Colombo, 1998.

Socio-economic implications of ageing population in Sri Lanka – A Dissertation submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Postgraduate Diploma in Economic Development, University of Colombo, 1997.

Graduate supervision / coordination

Coordinator, Postgraduate Diploma in Population Studies

Thesis supervision – M A in Development Studies

Dissertation supervision – Postgraduate Diploma in Population Studies

Dissertation supervision- B A (Special Demography in Demography)

Other responsibilities

Student Counselor, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.