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Pavithra Jayawardena











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Academic Qualifications

Reading for PhD in International Relations at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. 
Master of Arts in International Relations 2015
BA (Hons), 2nd Class (Upper Division), University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Professional Qualifications

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


Research Interests
Foreign Policy, Environmental Governance, Regional Integration


Conference Presentations

“The Role of the Election Commissioner: A Case Study on 2015 General Election, Sri Lanka”, The International Conference on ‘Elections and Political Parties in South Asia: A 21st Century Perspective’, Kalyani Univresity, West Bengal, India, 2015

“Importance of Diaspora towards a Sustainable Social Integration: A Case Study on Canadian Tamils of Sri Lankan Origin”, University of Colombo Annual Research Symposium. 2015.

“The conceptual relationship between Buddhism and Idealism on the notion of Peace”, The International Conference on the Humanities: New Dynamics, Directions and Divergences, Faculty of Humanities, University of Kelaniya, 2015

“Youth: As a non-state actor”, Ipurse, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 2014

“Sri Lanka & Regional Integration: Lessons from a comparative study on NAFTA & SAFTA.” International Conference on Sri Lanka in World Affairs. University of Colombo, 2014

“Partnering with Non-state actors for Higher Educational Enhancement: An analysis of UN contribution to Sri Lanka.” University of Colombo Annual Research Symposium. 2013.

“Use of Sri Lankan Foreign Policy as a Tool of Domestic Development.” International Conference on Science and Management for Peace and Development. Institute of Human Resource Advancement, 2013

Sri Lanka in changing the world order: Together with BRICS”, The seventh International Research conferrence of General Sir John Kothalawala Defence University, 2013



“Influence of Sustainable Development in Foreign Policy Creation: Realist Framework.” Research Symposium. Uva Wellassa University. 2015.

“Environmental Governance: A Case Study on Bangladesh” (To be Published), University of Colombo, 2015

“Non State Actors in World Politics”, Joint Chapter for the Study Guide. Department of International Relations. University of Colombo. 2014.

“An analysis on the potentials of BRICS in changing the world order.” University of Colombo. 2013.

Award/Fellowships and Scholarships
Sri Lankan Youth Delegate, World Youth Conference, Sri Lanka 2014
Sri Lankan youth delegate, Commonwealth Youth Conference, Sri Lanka, 2013
Sri Lankan Assistant National Leader, 24th Ship for World Youth, Japan, 2012
Workshop in International Relations, United Nations University, Tokyo, Japan, 2012
Best Debater, Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo, 2011