Professor Lakshman Dissanayake

Prof. Lakshman Dissanayake

The Vice-Chancellor – University of Colombo

Senior Professor

B.Dev.S (First Class Honours) (Colombo); PG Diploma (Colombo); MA (Brussels); PhD (Adelaide); FRSA (United Kingdom)

Phone: Office: +94 2586111, Mobile: +94 72 856 2150  Email: l.dissanayake@leedsmet.ac.uk

Qualifications

♦ B.Dev.S (Honours) (Colombo); Post-graduate Diploma (Colombo); M.A.; (Brussels); PhD (Adelaide); FRSA (United Kingdom)

Teaching areas

♦ Advanced Demographic Analysis, Labour Force projection Methods, Health Demography, Business Demography

Research interests

Irregular Migration; Men’s Health; Reproductive Health of Older Women, Demographic Dividends, Population Ageing

Awards

1. AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN RESERACH, 2006, Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo

2. CVCD EXECELLENCE IN RESEARCH: THE HIGHEST GRANTS RECEPIENT, 2007, awarded by the Committee of Vice Chancellors and Directors, Sri Lanka

3. Adelaide University Award to visit the Adelaide University in Australia to work on a research project on The Process of Sri Lankan Migration to Australia Focusing on Irregular Migrants Seeking Asylum, February 2014.

4. UNFPA AWARD to function as the Lead Consultant to prepare Population Situation Analysis of Sri Lanka, January 2013 to November 2013

5. UNFPA AWARD to attend and make a presentation at the International Conference on Population of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP) in Busan, Korea in August 2013

6. UNFPA AWARD to attend as a member of the Senior Government Delegation at the Sixth International Conference on Population held in Bangkok, September 2013

7. UNFPA AWARD to function as a consultant researcher prepare a report on Gender-based Violence in Sri Lanka, 2012

8. UNFPA AWARD to function as a consultant researcher to prepare the report on ICPD Beyond 2014, 2012-13

9. UNFPA AWARD to function as a consultant researcher to prepare an Issue Paper: Population and Environment: an issue paper on Sri Lanka, 2012

10. SAARC AWARD to function as an Independent Expert for the preparation of SAARC Regional Poverty Profile 2009-10: Food security challenges for the poor and social inclusion, 2010-2011.

11. ASIAN UNIVERSITY FOR WOMEN (AUW) AWARD to attend and deliver three presentation to their faculty and students under Voices of Scholars Programme during the 20-21 September 2011 at the Asian University for Women, Chittagong, Bangladesh.

12. ASIAN UNIVERSITY FOR WOMEN (AUW) AWARD to attend and deliver a paper entitled ‘Natural Disasters and Forced Migration: the case of tsunami disaster in Sri Lanka’, at the International Conference on ‘Changing Nature of Forced Migration: vulnerabilities and responsibilities in South and South-east Asia, held during 22-24th September 2011, Asian University for Women, Chittagong, Bangladesh.

13. WHO AWARD to attend the Tsunami Recovery Impact Assessment and Monitoring System and make a presentation on “Qualitative Approach Developed for Sri Lanka”, 21st to 23rd March 2007.

14. NORAD AWARD to participate in discussions related to MONDEP Formative Process Research Project and present a paper on the “Institutional mechanism developed and adopted by the UC-JICA Joint Study Project: Lessons for the MONDEP Formative Research Project”, Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research, “2nd April 2004 to 10th April 2004 , Oslo, Norway.

15. UC-JICA AWARD to participate in the study tour on “Village Knowledge Centers” in Chennai & Pondicherry, India, MS Swaminathan Research Institute, 26th March 2004 to 29th March 2004.

16. SIDA/SAREC Award to participate in the training programme on “Higher Education Management” in the Universities of Oxford and Warwick, United Kingdom,

17. THE POPULATION COUNCIL FELLOWSHIP to follow PhD. at the University of Adelaide, Australia, Nov. 1993 – Oct. 1994.

18. EAST-WEST CENTRE AWARD to attend the Eighteenth Summer Seminar on Population, East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, June 1-27, 1987 and Beijing, China, June 28 – July 3, 1987.

19. INTERNATIONAL UNION FOR SCIENTIFIC STUDY OF POPULATION (IUSSP) AWARD to attend and present a paper entitled “The first generation with mass schooling and the fertility transition: The case of Sri Lanka” at the Seminar on “The Continuing Demographic Transition in honor of Professor J.C. Caldwell”, held in Canberra, Australia, 14-17 August 1995.

20. JAPAN INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION AGENCY (JICA) TRAINING AWARD at Ryukoku University, Kyoto Japan, from 4th March 2000 – 5th April 2000.

21. JAPAN INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION AGENCY (JICA) TECHNICAL EXCHANGE AWARD, to attend and exchange the experiences of PMD-JICA Project, South Sulawesi, Indonesia, and UC-JICA Project, Sri Lanka, from 18th – 25th February 2001, South Sulawesi, Indonesia.

22. UNITED NATIONS POPULATION FUND (UNFPA) FELLOWSHIP to follow PhD. at University of Adelaide, Australia, Oct. 1990 – Oct. 1993.

23. ABOS (BELGIAN GOVERNMENT) FELLOWSHIP to follow M.A. in Demography at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium, Oct. 1982 – Feb. 1985.

24. ROCKEFELLOR FOUNDATION AWARD to attend Workshop on Design and Management of Intervention Research on Sexual and Reproductive Health Issues, from April 18 – 23, 1999, Ahmadabad, India.

25. ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMISSION FOR ASIA AND PACIFIC (ESCAP) AWARD to attend the Technical Working Group Meeting on Migration from 1st to 5th December 1981, Bangkok, Thailand.

Involvement with other organizations

♦ Department of Immigration and Citizenship, The Australian Government

♦ SAARC Secretariat

♦ United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

♦ United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

♦ World Health Organization (WHO)

♦ Asian Development Bank (ADB)

♦ Norwegian Institute of Urban & Regional Research (NIBR)

♦ Oxfam America

♦ Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

♦ International Labour Organization (ILO)

♦ Rockefeller Foundation

♦ Acid Survival Trust International (ASTI)

♦ SAARC Cultural Centre, Sri Lanka

♦ Post-tsunami Coastal Rehabilitation and Resource management Programme and Post-tsunami Livelihoods Support Partnerships Programme (IFAD Funded project)

♦ Lanka Market Research Bureau (LMRB)

♦ Development Lotteries Board of Sri Lanka

♦ Sri Lanka Foundation

Executive and other positions on boards of international, national organizations

♦ Visiting Professor, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Leeds Metropolitan University, United Kingdom

♦ Adjunct Research Fellow, Australian Population and Migration Research Centre, The University of Adelaide, Australia

♦ Member, Irregular Migration Research International Review Panel of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, The Australian Government

♦ Member, Board of Management, Sri Lanka Foundation, Sri Lanka

♦ Independent Expert, SAARC, Secretariat, Kathmandu Nepal

♦ Member, Research Review Panel, SAARC Cultural Center, Colombo, Sri Lanka

♦ Former Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

♦ Former Rector, Sri Palee Campus, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

♦ Acting Vice Chancellor (various occasions), University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

♦ Member, The Senate, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

♦ Former Council Member, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

♦ Former Member, Graduate Studies Standing Committee, University Grants Commission, Sri Lanka

♦ Former Member, Humanities and Social Sciences Standing Committee, University Grants Commission, Sri Lanka

♦ Former Member, Chamber Academia Round Table, Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, Sri Lanka

Editorial work

♦ Co-editor, Changing Nature of Forced Migration: Vulnerabilities and Responsibilities in South and Southeast Asia, 2014, UPL Publication, Bangladesh (in press)

♦ Co-editor, Digital Public Administration and E-Government in Developing Nations: Policy and Practice, 2014, IGI Global, USA
Editorial Advisory Board, Human Rights and Information Communication Technologies by John Lannon; Edward Halpin, Published by IGI Global, 2012

♦ Member of Editorial Committee for the Book on Sri Lanka Challenges of a Society in a Transition, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo, 2006

♦ Member of Editorial Committee for the Book on Sri Lanka’s Ethnic Conflict in the Global Context, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo, 2006

♦ Member of the Editorial Committee for the Book on Demography of Sri Lanka, Department of Demography, University of Colombo, 2000

Books

1. Changing Nature of Forced Migration: Vulnerabilities and Responsibilities in South and Southeast Asia, 2014, UPL Publication, Bangladesh (in press)

2. Digital Public Administration and E-Government in Developing Nations: Policy and Practice, 2014, IGI Global, USA (co-editor)

3. Post-disaster Investigative Methods, LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing GmbH & Co. Germany, 2014(in press).

4. Regional Poverty Profile 2009-10: Food Security Challenges for the Poor and Social Inclusion, 2013, SAARC Secretariat, Kathmandu

5. Rising Above the Tsunami: Case Studies of PTCRRMP Interventions, 2013, Post-tsunami Coastal Rehabilitation and Resource Management Programme, Sri Lanka

6. Mortality, Migration and Fertility Transitions in Sri Lanka: Theory, Concepts, and Analysis, 2012, LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing GmbH & Co. Germany.

7. Regional Development Perspectives, (Editors: Lakshman Dissanayake & Edward Halpin), Kumaran Book House, Chennai-Colombo, 2009

8. Education and Fertility: Review of theoretical approaches to explaining the fertility transition: A new synthesis on mass education and the fertility transition, Kumaran Book House, Colombo-Chennai, 2009

9. Teenage pregnancies in the estate sector, Sri Lanka, Family Planning Association of Sri Lanka, Colombo, 2008

10. Reproductive health concerns of the youth in the plantation sector, Sri Lanka, Family Planning Association of Sri Lanka, Colombo, 2008

11. Indigenous Knowledge Systems: An Appraisal Towards Resource Development, (co-authored with T.Vasantha Kumanran and S. Anthony Nobert), Kumaran Book House, Colombo-Chennai, 2007

12. People’s consultation on post-tsunami relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction in Sri Lanka, United Nations development Programme, 2005

13. University-Community Extension Services: Conceptual Perspectives, UC-JICA Joint Study Project, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2004

Chapters and web documents

1. Natural Disasters and Forced Migration: the case of tsunami disaster in Sri Lanka (Chapter 2), Changing Nature of Forced Migration: Vulnerabilities and Responsibilities in South And Southeast Asia, 2014, UPL Publication, Bangladesh (in press)

2. Development of E-Governance in Sri Lanka, (Chapter 16), Digital Public Administration and E-Government in Developing Nations: Policy and Practice, 2014, IGI Global, USA

3. ‘Social Reconciliation in Sri Lanka’, Just Reconciliation: the practice and morality of making peace, (editor: John Elford), Peter Land AG, International Academic Publishers, Switzerland, 2011

4. “Tsunami Recovery Impact Assessment and Monitoring System (TRIAMS): Methodological Approach Developed for Sri Lanka”, in Regional Development Perspectives, (Editors: Lakshman Dissanayake & Edward Halpin), Kumaran Book House, Chennai-Colombo, 2009

5. “Participatory Rural Development and Local Governance in Sri Lanka: an exploratory study”, in Regional Development Perspectives, (Editors: Lakshman Dissanayake & Edward Halpin), Kumaran Book House, Chennai-Colombo, 2009

6. “Multi-level Participation: An improved method of participatory rural development”, in Regional Development Perspectives, (Editors: Lakshman Dissanayake & Edward Halpin), Kumaran Book House, Chennai-Colombo, 2009

7. “Economics of Population Ageing in Sri Lanka”, in Development Issues, Contradictions and Policy Options (editor: Ranjith Bandara), Social Scientists Association, Colombo 2008.

8. “Rural community development, lessons from the Japanese experience: an exploratory study”, The Distant Neighbour, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo: 317-338, 2003.

9. “Factors influencing stabilization of women’s age at marriage in Sri Lanka”, Demography of Sri Lanka, Department of Demography, University of Colombo: 89-105, 2000.

10. “Establishing a System of University-Community Extension: A proposal on the experiences gained through UC-JICA Joint Study Project”, Potential for University-Community Extension Services, UC-JICA Joint Study Project on Participatory Development, University of Colombo, 2001.

11. “Human Resources Development in the Rural Sector: Conceptual Perspectives”, Human Resources Development in the Context of Participatory Rural Development, UC-JICA Joint Study Project on Participatory Development, University of Colombo, 2001.

12. “Improving the Current Manpower: Crucial Issue in Sustainable Rural Development”, Human Resources Development in the Context of Participatory Rural Development, UC-JICA Joint Study Project on Participatory Development, University of Colombo, 2001.

13. “Utilization of Physical Resources and Human Resources Development: An Important Link in Sustainable Rural Development”, Utilization of Physical Resources in the Context of Participatory Rural Development, UC-JICA Joint Study Project on Participatory Development, University of Colombo, 2001.

14. “Multi-Level Participation: An improved method of participatory rural development”, Potential for University-Community Extension Services, UC-JICA Joint Study Project on Participatory Development, University of Colombo, 2001, UC-JICA Joint Study Project on Participatory Development, University of Colombo, 2001.

15. “Demographic Situation in the British Era”, British Era in the Sri Lankan History, Department of History and Political Science, University of Colombo, 1991

16. “Social Investigation of Health Aspects Related to Contraceptive Use in Sri Lanka”, Journalism, 2005, Sri Palee Campus, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

Refereed Journal articles

1. Avoidable mortality and Men’s Health in Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka Journal of Population Studies, Population Association of Sri Lanka (forthcoming in 2013)

2. Mobility Transition n Sri Lanka, Nepal Population Journal, vol.16 (15): 57-72 (2011).

3. ‘Fertility Rituals and Societal Stability among Sinhalese Buddhists: An Exploratory Study’, SAAC Culture, Volume 1 (2010)

4. ‘Factors affecting demand for health care services in Sri Lanka’. Asian Profile, Vol. 38(5): (co-authored with Lakmal Weeratunga). 2010

5. ‘Fertility and Natural Disasters: The case of tsunami disaster in Sri Lanka, Asian Profile, Vol. 38(1): (co-authored with Manori Weeratunga). 2010

6. “Tsunami Mortality and the Future: The case of Sri Lanka”, Asian Profile, Vol. 37(3): 253-266. (co-authored with Manori Weeratunga). 2009

7. “mLearning: an innovative conceptualization to expand Education for everyone, anytime, everywhere,” Leeds Metropolitan University, UK . Sprouts Working Papers on Information Systems, 2009 9(4). http://sprouts.aisnet.org/9-4

8. “Central Village Concept: A New Approach to Rural Development with the use of Sri Lankan Experience as a Case Study”, Sri Lanka Economic Journal, Vol. 9 (2): 127-142. 2008

9. “Demographic issues related to development planning in Moneragala District”, Sri Lanka Journal of Population Studies, Population Association of Sri Lanka, Vol. 10, September 2007

10. “The economics of population ageing in Sri Lanka”, Sri Lanka Journal of Population Studies, Population Association of Sri Lanka, Vol. 7 September 2004.

11. “Mortality and morbidity and poverty in Sri Lanka”, Asian Profile, vol.31(1), 2003.

12. “Epidemiologic Transition in Sri Lanka”, Sri Lanka Population Journal, Population Association of Sri Lanka, 2000.

13. “The influence of breastfeeding on child mortality in Sri Lanka, Journal of Family Welfare, September/December, 1999.

14. “The exact timing of the onset of the fertility transition in Sri Lanka”, Asian Profile, vol. 6(2), 1998.

15. “Fertility behaviour of two ethnic minorities at the onset of the fertility transition in Sri Lanka”, The Journal of Family Welfare, vol. 44(4), 1998.

16. “Timing of first birth in Sri Lanka”, The Journal of Family Welfare, vol. 43 (4), 1997.

17. “The relative impact of starting, spacing and stopping behaviour of fertility in Sri Lanka”, The Journal of Family Welfare, vol. 42(3), 1996.

18. “The first generation with mass schooling and the fertility transition: the case of Sri Lanka”, Health Transition Review, Supplement to vol. 6, 1996.

19. “The timing and determinants of mass education in Sri Lanka, Asian Profile, vol. 23(3), 1995

20. Trends and differentials of mortality change in Sri Lanka, University of Colombo Review, vol. 8, Sri Lanka, 1988.

Technical reports

Monographs
1. ICPD Beyond 2014: the case of Sri Lanka, United Nations Population Fund, 2013

2. Gender-based Violence in Sri Lanka- A Review, United Nations Population Fund, 2013.

3. A Methodology to Prioritize Reproductive Health Interventions, United Nations Population Fund, 2013

4. Population and Environment, Issue Paper on Sri Lanka, United Nations Population Fund, 2012

5. Population of Situational Analysis, Sri Lanka, 2011, United Nations Population Fund, 2011

6. Tsunami Recovery Impact Assessment and Monitoring System (TRIAMS): Qualitative Component, Galle, Matara and Hambantota Districts in Sri Lanka, 2007

7. Identifying Vulnerable Communities in Tsunami Affected Areas in Sri Lanka and Prosing an Appropriate Method for Mobilizing Vulnerable Communities, United Nations Development Progarmme and Disaster Relief Monitoring Unit, Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka, 2005

8. How Do Sri Lankan Institutions Respond to Relief and Rehabilitation after the Tsunami?, Colombo University Community Extension Centre, 2005

9. “Relief to Development: Specific Recommendations, Gampaha District”, Relief to Development, United Nations Development Progarmme and Disaster Relief Monitoring Unit, Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka, 2005

10. “Relief to Development: Specific Recommendations, Colombo District”, Relief to Development, United Nations Development Progarmme and Disaster Relief Monitoring Unit, Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka, 2005

11. “Relief to Development: Specific Recommendations, Kalutara District”, Relief to Development, United Nations Development Progarmme and Disaster Relief Monitoring Unit, Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka, 2005

12. “Relief to Development: Specific Recommendations, Galle District”, Relief to Development, United Nations Development Progarmme and Disaster Relief Monitoring Unit, Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka, 2005

13. “Relief to Development: Specific Recommendations, Matara District”, Relief to Development, United Nations Development Progarmme and Disaster Relief Monitoring Unit, Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka, 2005

14. “Relief to Development: Specific Recommendations, Hambantota District”, Relief to Development, United Nations Development Progarmme and Disaster Relief Monitoring Unit, Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka, 2005

15. “Relief to Development: Specific Recommendations, Ampara District”, Relief to Development, United Nations Development Progarmme and Disaster Relief Monitoring Unit, Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka, 2005

16. “Relief to Development: Specific Recommendations, Battiacaloa District”, Relief to Development, United Nations Development Progarmme and Disaster Relief Monitoring Unit, Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka, 2005

17. “Relief to Development: Specific Recommendations, Trincomalee District”, Relief to Development, United Nations Development Progarmme and Disaster Relief Monitoring Unit, Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka, 2005

18. “Relief to Development: Specific Recommendations, Mullativu District”, Relief to Development, United Nations Development Progarmme and Disaster Relief Monitoring Unit, Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka, 2005

19. “Relief to Development: Specific Recommendations, Killinochchi District”, Relief to Development, United Nations Development Progarmme and Disaster Relief Monitoring Unit, Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka, 2005

20. “Relief to Development: Specific Recommendations, Jaffna District”, Relief to Development, United Nations Development Progarmme and Disaster Relief Monitoring Unit, Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka, 2005

21. “Relief to Development: Specific Recommendations, Puttalam District”, Relief to Development, United Nations Development Progarmme and Disaster Relief Monitoring Unit, Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka, 2005

22. Northwestern Provincial Five Year Development Plan: 2005-2009, Colombo University Community Extension Centre, 2005

23. Industrialization in Small and Medium Towns: the case of Embilipitiya Town, Research Report prepared for the RDSC, University of Colombo (Co-authors S.Chandrasiri, S. Vidyaratne, and D. Wanasinghe), 1999.

24. Census of Street Children in Colombo Municipal Council Area, Research Report prepared for UNICEF, Colombo, (Co-author K.A.P. Siddhisena), 1998.

25. Census of Street People in Colombo Municipal Council Area, Research Report prepared for Colombo Municipal Council, (Co-author K.A.P. Siddhisena), 1998.

26. Income generating activities of youth and women in Matale district, Research Report prepared for IFAD, Rome (Co-authors K.A.P. Siddhisena and S. Serasundera), 1998.

27. The Nature of Technical College Education in Sri Lanka, Research Report prepared for the Ministry of Youth Affairs in Sri Lanka, (Co-author K.A.P. Siddhisena), 1995.

Working Papers (disseminated internationally)

1. Demographic Issues Related to Regional Development Planning: The Case of Moneragala District, Working Paper # 7, MONDEP Formative Process Research Project, University of Colombo, 2003.

2. Demographic Factors Impinging upon Rural Development in Wayamba Province, Working Paper of the UC-JICA Joint Study Project on Participatory Development, University of Colombo, 2000.

3. Development of non-farm employment activities in the Moneragala district, RDSC Working Paper No. 1, Regional Development Studies Centre, University of Colombo (Co-author S.M.P. Senanayake), 1999.

4. Basic information on six project villages in Wayamba Province, Sri Lanka, UC-JICA Data Book #1, UC-JICA Publication, UC-JICA Project on Participatory Rural Development, (Co-author Kalyani Nanayakkara), 1999.

5. The Changing Demography of South Australian Families, Working Paper No. 1, Working Papers of SA Geodemographic Research Group, South Australia, University of Adelaide (Co-author Graeme Hugo), 1997.

6. Abridged life tables for districts: Sri Lanka, 1970-72, DTRU Working Paper no. 3, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka (Co-authors W.I. de Silva and I. Gajanayake), 1983.

7. The pace of mortality decline in Sri Lanka, 1921-1979, DTRU Working Paper no. 4, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka (Co-authors I. Gajanayake and W.I. de Silva), 1986.

8. Decomposition of life expectancy change; a new approach, DTRU Working Paper No. 6, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, 1987.

9. Life Tables for Sri Lanka, 1980-82, DTRU Working Paper, no. 9, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, 1988.

Conference papers (selection only)

1. “Emerging Health Issues in Sri Lanka’, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, 18th July 2014, Leeds Metropolitan University, United Kingdom

2. ‘Recent fertility increase and neglect of contraceptive need for older women in Sri Lanka’, Presidential Address – Population Association of Sri Lanka, Scientific Sessions and Annual General Meeting, 05th July 2014 at the Hector Kobbakaduwa Agrarian Research and Training Institute.

3. Presentation on the Population Situation Analysis in Sri Lanka, at the IUSSP Population Conference, 27th August 2013, Busan, Korea

4. “Demographic Dividends in Sri Lanka”, Fifteenth Annual Sessions of the Population Association of Sri Lanka, 4th September 2013, Colombo

5. “Avoidable mortality and men’s health status in Sri Lanka, Fourteenth Annual Sessions of the Population Association of Sri Lanka, 8th June 2012, Colombo

6. Presentation on the ‘UNFPA State of the World Population Report 2011”, Population Symposium on 7 Billion, Organized by the United Nations Population Fund, 27th October, Galle Face Hotel, Colombo

7. Deliver three presentations to the faculty and students of the Asian University of Women under Voices of Scholars Programme during the 20-21 September 2011 at the Asian University for Women, Chittagong, Bangladesh.

8. Presentation on ‘Natural Disasters and Forced Migration: the case of tsunami disaster in Sri Lanka’, at the International Conference on ‘Changing Nature of Forced Migration: vulnerabilities and responsibilities in South and South-east Asia, held during 22-24th September 2011, Asian University for Women, Chittagong, Bangladesh.

9. “Epidemiologic Transition in Sri Lanka”, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences Seminar, 18th September 2010, Leeds Metropolitan University, United Kingdom.

10. “Lessons learnt from tsunami: conflicts arising from aid distribution”, Seminarrio “Calidad en la accion humanitarian: lecciones aprendidas del tsunami, Madrid, 4th April, 2006.

11. “Lessons learnt from tsunami”, Centre for Development Studies, 10th August 2006, Kerala, India

12. “Increasing Vulnerability of the Poor: Tsunami Affected Areas in Sri Lanka”, National Workshop on the impact of the tsunami on “vulnerable groups” and women, 20th October 2005, Colombo, Sri Lanka

13. “Changes in Death and Disease Patterns in Sri Lanka”, 5th Asia Pacific Social Science and Medicine Conference, Kandy, Sri Lanka, September 24-28, 2000.

14. “The last generation without mass schooling and the fertility transition: the case of Sri Lanka”, First Annual Sessions of the Population Association of Sri Lanka, 28th February and 1st March 1998, Sri Lanka Foundation Institute, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

15. “Family Transition in South Australia, Australian Population Association, Eighth National Conference”, Australia’s Population into the next Millennium, 3-6 December, 1996, University of Adelaide, Australia.

16. “Pre-marital Conceptions in Sri Lanka: Is it a recent phenomenon?” International Conference on Reproductive Health, 15-19th March 1998, Mumbai, India.

Unpublished theses

1. The influence of education on the fertility transition in Sri Lanka, PhD thesis, Population and Human Resources Program, Department of Geography, The University of Adelaide, South Australia, 1995.

2. The effect of nuptiality on fertility in Sri Lanka, M.A. thesis, Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Belgium, 1985.