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Dr. Maneesha Wanasinghe - Pasqual

Senior Lecturer

Head, Department of International Relations








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Conflict Analysis, Foreign Policy Analysis, International Peace Studies, International humanitarian Law, Human Rights Law and Peace Education


Academic Qualifications


PhD. in Conflict Analysis, School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University, USA. “An analysis of the efficacy of positive intergroup contact among Sri Lankan Diaspora” (2011)

MA, International Peace Studies, Joan B. Kroc Institute, University of Notre Dame, USA “Speaking to Heart: Educating for peace in Sri Lanka” (2002)

BA (Hons), University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. “Trends in food imports in Sri Lanka since independence” (1998)

Advance Training in International Humanitarian Law (AISAAT) by ICRC

Training in International Humanitarian Law (STATS) by ICRC


Professional Qualifications


SEDA Qualified (UK) and CTHE Qualified (Sri Lanka).


Research Interests


Though eclectic, remain predominantly focused on Conflict Analysis and Human Security. Currently working on Zones of Peace and Peacekeeping, has conducted research on Human Security, Peace Education, Human Rights and Diaspora. Interests also include area studies on America, South Asia, South East Asia and the Pacific, and Europe.

Disability Studies, Human Rights, Conflict Analysis, Peacekeeping, Women's Rights, Foreign Policy


Conference Presentations – which include human rights, peace education, foreign policy, human security, diaspora, conflict analysis, narrative analysis, education and peacekeeping – highlight the range of interests.


Publications (to be published)


“Engaging the Sri Lankan diaspora: an examination of a future potential amongst current hindrances” (book chapter in Sri Lanka Fast Forward)

“Basic Human Needs of female youth in Sri Lanka” (book chapter)

“South Asia in the Vortex of Change: change in post-war Sri Lanka through the peacebuilding lens” (book chapter)


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Awards/Fellowships and Scholarships


George Mason Arthur Anderson Award (2005).

George Mason Foundation Scholarship (2004).

University of Notre Dame Tuition Scholarship (2000-2002).

A Junior Fulbright Scholar (2000-2002).

Professor Tikiri Abayasinghe Memorial Gold Medal for best performance in Special Degree in Modern History (1998).


Volunteer positions

Deputy Director, Learning Resources Virtual Centre of the University of Colombo (VCUC) University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
Executive Committee Member, AFTA University of Colombo, Faculty of Arts

Secretary, Sri Lanka Federation of University Women (SLFUW) and the Council Member, Sri Lanka Historical Association.



Conflict Analyst
Qualitative (Narrative// Discourse) research expert