Dr. Swarna Ukwatta

aca-staff_clip_image002Senior Lecturer

Ph.D. (Adelaide), M.A.(Colombo), PG Diploma (ITC, The Netherlands), PG Diploma (Colombo), BDevS (Hons.)(J’Pura)

Office: +94 11 2586111, Mobile: +94 71 8667673,

E-mail: ukwattas@yahoo.com

Qualifications

♦ PhD (Adelaide, Australia)

♦ M.A.(Colombo, Sri Lanka)

♦ PG Diploma (ITC, The Netherlands)

♦ PG Diploma (Colombo, Sri Lanka)

Teaching areas

♦ Introduction to Demography

♦ Introduction to Data analysis

♦ Migration studies

♦ Mortality Studies

♦ Population Ageing

♦ Population and Development

♦ Research Methodology

♦ Other subjects related to Demography and Population Studies

Research interests

♦ Internal and international migration

♦ Gender studies

♦ Population ageing

Awards and Grants

♦ United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) award to attend the XXVII International Population Conference held in Bushan, Korea from 26-31 August 2013 and to present a paper.

♦ International Organization for Migration (IOM) research grant to conduct the study ‘Health issues pertaining to internal migration’ in 2011 for the preparation of the Migration Health Policy in Sri Lanka.

♦ Asian Population Association Award to attend the First Asian Population Association Conference, held in New Delhi, India from 16th – 20th November 2010 and to present a paper.

♦ National Centre for Advanced Studies award to read for PhD at the University of Adelaide, Australia, January 2007 to January 2010.

♦ Chinese Government award and invitation to attend the Regional Conference on Migration and Development in Asia held in Lanzhou, China from 14th-16th March 2005 and to present a paper.

♦ Economic and Social Commission for Asia (ESCAP) award to attend the Ad-hoc Expert Group Meeting on Migration and Development held in Bangkok from 27-29 August 2003 and to present a paper.

Involvement with other organizations

♦ Asian Development Bank (ADB)

♦ International Center for Migration, Health and Development (ICMHD)

♦ International Organization for Migrations (IOM)

♦ Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Bureau (SLBFE)

♦ Faculty of Medicine, Sir John Kotalawala Defense University (Visiting Lecturer)

♦ Department of Economics, University of Ruhuna (Visiting Lecturer)

♦ Department of Sociology of the University of Sri Jayawardanepura (Visiting Lecturer)

♦ Department of Town and Country Planning, University of Moratuwa (Visiting Lecturer)

♦ Department of Zoology of the, University of Colombo (Visiting Lecturer)

♦ Institute of Human Resources Advancement, University of Colombo (Visiting Lecturer)

♦ Postgraduate Institute of Business Management (PIBM) (Visiting Lecturer)

Executive and other positions on boards of international, national organizations

♦ Head of the Department of Demography (2010 September to 2013 September)

♦ Acting Dean (for a few days), Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo

♦ Member of the National Data Committee, Department of Census and Statistics, Ministry of Finance and Planning since October 2010

Editorial work

♦ Member of the Reviewing panel for Journal of Sociology Study, David Publishing, Company since October 2011

♦ Reviewer for the Journal of Gender, Place and Culture, Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group

♦ Reviewer for the Journal of Asian and Pacific Migration Journal, Sclabrini Migration Center

♦ Reviewer for the Journal of Child: Care, Health and Development, John Wiley and Sons Ltd.

♦ Reviewer for the Journal of Feminist Geography, Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, Ontario, Canada

♦ Reviewer for the Journal of Population Research and Policy Review, Southern demographic Association

♦ Reviewer for the Sri Lanka Journal of Social Sciences (SLJSS), National Science Foundation, Sri Lanka

♦ Reviewer for the Journal of Humanities and Social Science (VJHSS), University of Sri Jayawardane, Sri Lanka

♦ Reviewer for the Sri Lanka Journal of Population Studies, Population Association of Sri Lanka

Chapters and web documents

Books published

♦ Dissanayake, L. and Ukwatta, S. (eds.) (2015), Population and Development, Department of Demography, University of Sri Lanka.

♦ Ukwatta, S. (2012), Impact of female transnational migration on families in Sri Lanka (ISBN 978-3-8465-5945-1), LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing GmbH & Co. KG, Saarbrcken, Germany.

Papers published in books- International

♦ Ukwatta, S. (2015), Female migration for overseas employment: Social costs and benefits, Population and Development, In Dissanayake, L. and Ukwatta, S. (eds.), Department of Demography, University of Colombo, 379-392.

♦ Ukwatta, S. (2013), Sri Lanka, migration 1960s to present, In Immanuel Ness (ed.), Encyclopaedia of Global Human Migration, Blackwell Publishing Ltd., 1-6.

♦ Ukwatta, S. (2013), International migration of Sri Lanka females for employment: practices and challenges, In Huy, H. T. (ed.), Migration: Practices, Challenges and Impact, New York: Nova Publishers. 59-80.

♦ Ukwatta, S. (2005), Internal migration of women and development in Sri Lanka, Migration, Development and Poverty Reduction in Asia, International Organization for Migration, 181-194.

Papers published in books- National

♦ Ukwatta, S. (2015), Mixed methods research in library and information science, National Library of Sri Lanka: 25th Anniversary, Commemorative Volume, National Library and Documentation Services Board: 245-252.

♦ Ukwatta, Ukwatta, S. (2012), Sri Lankan transnational families: changes in gender roles and maintaining intimacy from a distance, Thirteenth National Convention on Women’s Studies, Colombo: Centre for Women’s Research in Sri Lanka (CENWOR),1-15.

♦ Ukwatta, S. and W.I. De Silva (2000), Development of population and reproductive health policy in Sri Lanka, Demography of Sri Lanka: Issues and Challenges, Department of Demography, University of Colombo, 32-52.

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

♦ Ukwatta, S. (1995), Family planning, Sri Lanka Demographic and Health Survey 1993, Department of Census and Statistics, 43-71.

♦ Gunasekera, H. R. and Ukwatta, S. (1995), Infant, child mortality and Maternal and child health, Sri Lanka Demographic and Health Survey 1993, Department of Census and Statistics, 102-128.

♦ Ukwatta, S. (1988), Background, Sri Lanka Demographic and Health Survey 1987, Department of Census and Statistics, 1-15.

♦ Ukwatta, S. (1988), Husbands contraceptive knowledge and use, Sri Lanka Contraceptive Survey 1985, Department of Census and Statistics, 59-68.

♦ Ukwatta, S. (1986), Internal migration, Census of Population and Housing1981, General Report, Vol. 3: 52-63.

♦ Ukwatta, S. (1984), Internal migration in Sri Lanka during the period 1971 – 1981, Statistical Newsletter, Department of Census and Statistics, Sri Lanka.

Refereed Journal articles

Journal papers – International Refereed

♦ Ukwatta, S. (2013), Sri Lanka: Modern era of migration, Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration, Wiley Blackwell Publishing Ltd. 1-6.

♦ Ukwatta, S. (2010), Sri Lankan female domestic workers overseas: mothering their children from a distance, Journal of Population Research, Springer, Australia, 107-131.

♦ Hugo, G. and Ukwatta, S. (2010), Sri Lankan female domestic workers overseas: the impact on their children, Asian Pacific Migration Journal, Scalabrini Migration Center, Philippines, 237-264.

Journal papers Sri Lanka Refereed

♦ Ukwatta, S. (2011), Migration of Sri Lankan females as domestic workers overseas and the children left-behind, Sri Lanka Journal of Population Studies, Vol. 12/13: 1-31.

♦ Ukwatta, S. and Hugo, G. (2007), Transnational mothering: some observations from Asia, Sri Lanka Journal of Population Studies, Vol. 10: 1-25.

♦ Ukwatta, S. (2004), Dominance of females in internal migration Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka Journal of Population Studies, Vol. 7: 1-20.

♦ Ukwatta, S. (2000), Migration and urbanization in Sri Lanka: An overview, Sri Lanka Journal of Population Studies, Vol. 3: 67-84.

Technical reports

♦ Ukwatta, S. (2012), Improving Connectivity to Support Livelihood and Gender Equality Project, Report prepared for the Asian Development Bank Sri Lanka based on the Performance Monitoring Survey Sri Lanka.

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

♦ Siddhisena, K. A. P., Ukwatta, S. and Boyagoda, K. (2006), Sexual behaviour, unwanted pregnancy and HIV/AIDS of female workers in Free Trade Zone in Sri Lanka, A formative research, Report prepared for UNFPA Sri Lanka.

Conference papers

Presentations – International conferences

♦ Ukwatta, S. (2013), Migration of Sri Lankan transnational domestic workers and families left behind: economic vs. Social costs, Paper presented at the XXVII International Population Conference to be held in Bushan, Korea from 26-31 August 2013.

♦ Ukwatta, S. (2010), Transnational mothering: Sri Lanka domestic workers, Paper presented at the First Asian Population Conference 2010, Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi, 16th  20th November 2010.

♦ Ukwatta, S. (2009), Sri Lankan transnational domestic workers: the social and economic impacts of their out-migration on the families and children left behind, Paper presented at the Seminar organised by the Department of Geographical and Environmental Studies of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Adelaide, 7th September 2009.

♦ Hugo, G. and Ukwatta, S. (2008), Sri Lankan female domestic workers overseas: the impact on their children, Paper prepared for the Conference on The Economics of Migration: Children of Immigrants and Temporary Migration, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver Canada, 11-12 May 2009.

♦ Ukwatta, S. (2005), Internal migration of women and development in Sri Lanka, Paper presented at the Regional Conference on Migration and Development in Asia, Lanzhou, China, 14th-16th March 2005.

♦ Ukwatta, S. (2003), Improvement of Socio-economic Status of Women and Internal migration of females in Sri Lanka, Paper presented at the Ad-hoc Expert Group Meeting on Migration and Development, Bangkok, 27-29 August 2003.

Presentations – Sri Lankan conferences

♦ Ukwatta, S. (2013), Sri Lankan women on the move: social impact of their migration, 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.

♦ Ukwatta, S. (2012), Globalization, international migration and transnational communication, Paper presented at the Annual Research Symposium: Converging Technologies and Sustainable Communities organized by the Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo, 16th and 17th August 2012.

♦ Ukwatta, S. (2012), Sri Lankan transnational families: maintaining intimacy from a distance, Paper presented at the Thirteenth National Convention on Women’s Studies held at the Foundation Institute Sri Lanka, Colombo organised by the Centre for Women’s Research in Sri Lanka (CENWOR), Colombo, 27-30 July 2013.

♦Ukwatta, S. (2011), Population ageing: unprecedented challenge, Paper presented at the Population Symposium 7 Billion organised by the Population Association of Sri Lanka in collaboration with the UNFPA Sri Lanka, Galle Face Hotel, 27 October 2011.

♦ Ukwatta, S. (2011), Doing research for advancement of knowledge, Paper presented at the Workshop to Relate your Experiences as Doctoral Researchers, National Centre for Advanced Sciences (NCAS), Colombo, 28th October 2010.

♦ Ukwatta, S. (2010), How to efficiently complete your PHD, Paper presented at the Workshop to Relate your Experiences as Doctoral Researchers, National Centre for Advanced Sciences (NCAS), Colombo, 7th October 2010.

♦ Ukwatta, S. (2010), Transnational mothering: some observations from Sri Lanka, Paper presented at the 12th Annual General Meeting of Population Association of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka Foundation Institute, Colombo, 27th February 2010.

♦ Ukwatta, S. (2008), Migration of women and family well-being, Paper presented at the National Workshop on Enhancing Social Security Policies to Strengthen Family Well-being in Sri Lanka organised by the Institute for Health Policy and United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, Sri Lanka Foundation Institute, Colombo, 13 -14 March, 2008.

♦ Ukwatta, S. (2008), Transnational mothering: some observations from Asia, Paper presented at the 11th Annual General Meeting of Population Association of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka Foundation Institute, Colombo, February 2008.

♦ Ukwatta, S. (2004), Dominance of females in internal migration in Sri Lanka, Paper presented at the 7th Annual General Meeting of Population Association of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka Foundation Institute, Colombo, September 2004.

♦ Ukwatta, S. (2000), Changing patterns of female migration in Sri Lanka since 1981, Paper presented at the Year 2000 Celebrations, Faculty of Arts Auditorium, University of Colombo, 14 December 2000.

♦ Ukwatta, S, (2000), Internal migration patterns in Sri Lanka, Paper presented at the Silver Jubilee of the Department of Demography, ICT Auditorium, University of Colombo, 26 May 2000.

♦ Ukwatta, S. (1996), Unemployment in Sri Lanka, Paper presented at the Seminar on Population and Employment, University of Sri Jayawardanepura, Strengthening Population Studies in Selected Universities UGC/UNFPA Project, 25-26 October 1996.

♦ Ukwatta, S. (1996), Internal Migration, Paper presented at the Seminar on Migration, University of Kelaniya, Strengthening Population Studies in Selected Universities UGC/UNFPA Project, 23-24 August 1996.

♦ Ukwatta, S. (1995), Family Planning, Paper presented at the Seminar organized to present Demographic and Health Survey 1993 data to the users, ARTI Auditorium, Colombo, 1995.

♦ Ukwatta (198), Background Information, Paper presented at the Seminar organized to present Demographic and Health Survey 1987 data to the users, BMICH Auditorium, Colombo, 1988.

♦ Ukwatta, S. (1984), Internal Migration, Paper presented at the Seminar organized to present Population and Housing Census data to the users, BMICH Auditorium, Colombo, 1984.

Unpublished theses

MA Thesis

♦ Internal migration in Sri Lanka in 1981 and 1994: A scenario depicting female dominance

Graduate supervision

♦ Supervision of theses of Masters in Demography students of the Department of Demography, University of Colombo.

♦ Supervision of dissertations of Postgraduate Diploma in Population Studies students of the Department of Demography of the University of Colombo.

♦ Supervision of dissertations of undergraduate students of the Institute of Human Resources Advancement, University of Colombo.

♦ Supervision of the dissertations of undergraduate students of the Department of Economics, University of Ruhuna.

Other responsibilities

♦ Administrative work of the Department of Demography.