Mrs. B. Nishanthi Perera

Ms. Nishanthi Perera

Senior Lecturer

Reading for PhD (University of Otago, New Zealand), M.Sc. (LSE, UK), PG Diploma (Colombo), BA (Hons.) (Colombo)

Email: nishanthi7@gmail.com

Tel.: +94 112 586 111

Qualifications

MSc. in Population and Development, London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom (2011).

Postgraduate Diploma in Development Studies (Distinction), University of Colombo, Sri Lanka (2010).

Postgraduate Diploma in Population Studies, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka (2001).

Degree of Bachelor of Arts (Second Class Upper), University of Colombo, Sri Lanka (1998).

Teaching areas

Sexual and Reproductive Health

Population Dynamics, Family Planning and Health

Demography of Sri Lanka

Introduction to Demography

Population and Development

Social Demography

Fertility Studies

Population Ageing

Research interests

Reproductive health issues of women

Family planning and induced abortion

Nuptiality

Fertility studies

Population ageing

Female labour migration

Population and development

Migration and Urbanization

Awards and grants

LSE Masters Award, London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom.

Involvement with other organizations

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

Committee member of Population Association of Sri Lanka (PASL).

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

Refereed Journal articles

International

De Silva, W.I., Perera B.N. and Anuranga C. (2010). “Below to above Replacement: Increased Fertility and its Determinants in Sri Lanka”. Asia Pacific Population Journal, vol.2, No. 2, pp. 27-52.

De Silva, W.I., Dayananda R.A. and Perera B.N. (2006).Contraceptive behavior of abortion seekers in Sri Lanka”. Asian Population Studies, vol.2, No.1, pp. 3-18.

National

Perera B.N. (2014).“Preference for Traditional Contraceptive Use and Women’s Education: The Case of Sri Lanka”, Sri Lanka Journal of Population Association (SLJPA), vol. 14, 2014, Colombo, pp. 115-129.

Perera B.N. (2004). “Female Labour Migration in Sri Lanka: Socio-economic Costs and Benefits”. IWE Journal, University of Colombo, Colombo. vol.4, pp. 90-111.

De Silva W.I., Perera B.N. and Fernando S. (2002). “Population Ageing in Sri Lanka and its Socio-economic Consequences”. Sambhasha, vol.12, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Education and Cultural Affairs, Colombo, Sri Lanka, pp. 343-354, (Published in Sinhala).

De Silva W.I. and Perera B.N. (2001). “Induced Abortion in Sri Lanka: A Sociological Aspect”. IWE Journal, University of Colombo, Colombo. vol.3, No.1, pp. 57-66.

Conference Contribution – Published Proceedings: Abstracts

International Conferences:

De Silva W.I. and Perera N. (2013). “Has the declining age at marriage contributed to reverse fertility decline in Sri Lanka” Proceeding of the 27th IUSSP International Population Conference, Busan, Korea, (pp. 196).

National Conferences:

De Silva W.I. and Perera N. (2014). “The Role of Knowledge Economy and Demographic Dividend in Boosting the Economic Development in Sri Lanka”, Proceedings of the Annual Research Symposium (2014) of National Center for Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences, Colombo, Sri Lanka, (pp. 287-291).

Perera N. (2013). “Accepting tradition and rejecting modernity: Reasons for higher use of traditional contraceptive means among educated women in Sri Lanka” Proceedings of the University of Ruhuna Annual Academic Sessions, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Ruhuna, Matara, Sri Lanka, (pp. 62-63).

Perera B.N. (2013). “Women’s Education and Contraceptive Prevalence in Sri Lanka”. Proceedings of the University of Colombo Annual Research Symposium, Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo, Colombo, Sri Lanka, (pp. 38).

Perera B.N. (2012). “Reasons for Rejecting of Contraceptive Technologies: Case Study of Educated Women in Sri Lanka” Proceedings of the University of Colombo Annual Research Symposium, University of Colombo, Colombo, Sri Lanka, (pp. 39).

Perera B.N. (2009). “Trends in Marriage Patterns of Women in Sri Lanka and its Impact on Fertility” Proceedings of the University of Colombo Annual Research Symposium, University of Colombo, Colombo, Sri Lanka, (pp. 48).

Book chapters

Perera B.N. (2010). “Chapter Three: Mortality” in Introduction to Demography: A Study Guide, Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo, Colombo, pp. 24-37.

Perera B.N. (2010). “Chapter Four: Fertility” in Introduction to Demography: A Study Guide, Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo, Colombo, pp. 38-51.

Perera B.N. (2010). “Chapter Two: Change in Size and Composition of Population” in Population Issues: A Study Guide, Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo, Colombo, pp. 11-30.

Other Publications (non-refereed journals)

De Silva, W.I. and Perera B.N.(2001), “Internal Migration programme and population redistribution policies in Sri Lanka”. Janapuwath, Population Division, Ministry of Health, Colombo, vol.1. (Published in Sinhala).

Unpublished Thesis

“Factors Influencing the Reliance on Traditional Contraceptive Methods among Educated Women in Sri Lanka” (2011), aresearch study carried out as a partial fulfillment of the requirement of Msc. in Population and Development, London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom.

“Economic Impact of Population Ageing in Sri Lanka: A Gender Perspective” (2010), aresearch study carried out as a partial fulfillment of the requirement of Postgraduate Diploma in Development Studies, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo.

“Contraceptive Behavior of Abortion Seekers in Sri Lanka” – 2001, a research study carried out as a partial fulfillment of the requirement of Postgraduate Diploma in Population Studies, University of Colombo.

Surveys, international seminars and workshop attended

Research Assistant for WHO survey on Maternal and Perinatal Health in Asia (2007-2008) conducted by World Health Organization in Collaboration with Family Health Bureau, Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka.

International seminar on “Population and Development: New Approaches to Enduring Global Problems” at Brown International Advanced Research Institute, Brown University, USA from 7th to 21st June 2014.

Member of the VIII Migration Summer School: Social Movements, Systemic Change and Migration at Migration Policy Centre, European University Institute, Florence, Italy from 25th June to 6th July 2012.

Training course on empowering women through Social, Economic and Cultural interventions held from 17th to 22nd May, 2010 in Indonesia conducted by the Indonesian Family Planning Board in collaboration with the Indonesian government and sponsored by The Colombo Plan.

Workshop on Training in Research and Publications conducted by National Centre for Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences, Sri Lanka, 15-16 October, 2009.

Workshop on counseling conducted by Faculty of Arts of the University of Colombo held on 29th July 2009.

Training workshop on “Capacity Building Training Programme on Cleaner Production for University Academics”, organized by National Cleaner Production Centre, Sri Lanka, 22nd – 26th June, 2009.

Graduate supervision/ Coordination

Supervision of undergraduate thesis – Special degree in Bachelor of Arts (Demography).

Examination Coordinator for undergraduates, Department of Demography, University of Colombo since 2011.

Departmental Coordinator for Learning Management System for undergraduates, Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo.

Coordinator for Information and Documentation Center, Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo since 2012.

Other responsibilities

Student Counselor, Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo since 2011.

Member of the Annual Board of Survey, Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo – 2012, 2013 and 2014.