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Thiyagaraja Waradas

Lecturer (Probationary)





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Academic Qualifications

M.SSc in Politics and International Studies (Specialization in Peace and Conflict) Department of Peace and Conflict Research. Uppsala University, Sweden (2014)
B.A (Honors) in International Relations Department of International Relations, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka (2010)


Research Interests

Peace, Conflict Studies, International Negotiations and Mediation, Collective Human Rights and Politics with special focus to South Asia and Sri Lanka.


Conference Presentations

Presented research papers at international conferences in Sri Lanka, USA and Sweden on Conflict Negotiation, China’s Development Assistance to African Countries, Indo-Sri lanka Relations and Conflict Transformation in Central African region.



Karunanayake, Dinidu and Waradas Thiyagaraja, “What Lessons Are We Talking About: Reconciliation and Memory in Post-Civil War Sri Lankan Cinema”, International Center for Ethnic Studies, Colombo. (September 2013)


Waradas, Thiyagaraja. “Post-war Reconciliation and Development in Sri Lanka: Implications from the Periphery.” Peacebuilding Issues in Contemporary Sri Lanka. Ed. Nayani Melegoda & Hideaki Shinoda. Institute for Peace Science Hiroshima University: English Research Report Series No. 30, March 2013. 14-29.


Waradas, Thiyagaraja, ed. Conflict Resolution: Strategies and Skills Module: 10 (in Tamil). Colombo: Open University of Sri Lanka: Department of Social Studies. 2011.


Publications (to be published)

Kristine Höglund, Mimmi Söderberg Kovacs & Waradas Thiyagaraja. “Peace-building and Diversity of Peace in Post-War Sri Lanka”, In Peace-Building in Theory and Practice, The Rotary Peace Centers.


Awards/Fellowships and Scholarships

Global Peace Index Ambassador Award (2016) – Institute of Economics and Peace (USA)

Oslo Summer School Scholarship (2015) – Peace Research Institute Oslo (Norway)          
Contact Group World Learning Award (2014) – Graduate Institute of World Learning (Nepal)
East-West Center Travel Grant Award (2014) – East-West Center, University Of Hawaii (USA)
Rotary Peace Fellowship (2012-2014) – The Rotary Foundation & Uppsala University (Sweden)


Volunteer Positions

Co-founder and Director Finance of Education Renaissance Programme, Sri Lanka (2013-2015)

Co-founder Pravada Kavaya, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka (2008-2009)