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Thiyagaraja Waradas

Lecturer (Probationary)





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Academic Qualifications

  • PhD candidate in Social and Policy Studies at the Department of Social and Policy Studies of University of Bath in the UK funded by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission for 2017-2020.  Topic: Queer Politics in Conflict Transitions
  • Master of Social Sciences in Politics and International Studies, specializing in Peace and Conflict Research (2012-2014) at Uppsala University, Sweden
  • Bachelor of Arts International Relations, at University of Colombo, Sri Lanka (2006 -2010)

Research Interests

Post-war reconciliation and LGBTIQ rights, Negotiating intra-state conflicts, Domestic politics in negotiations, Peace agreements, Human rights 

Professional Qualifications

  • Member of Phd Research School on Peace and Conflict Studies at the Peace Research Institute of Oslo (PRIO) in Norway from 2017-2020
  • Accredited teacher for Higher Education Institutions by Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA) of the UK in 2017 in the Commonwealth Countries.
  • Certificate in Teaching for Higher Education
  • Diploma in Psychological Counseling (2009-2011) at National Institute of Social Development, Colombo, Sri Lanka. 

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Kristine Höglund, Mimmi Söderberg Kovacs and Waradas Thiyagaraja (2016), “The Peace Triangle: Capturing Peace After Military Victory in Sri Lanka”, In Practical Approaches to Peacebuilding: Putting Theory to Work”, Pamina Firchow and Harry Anastasiou (ed.).USA: Lynne Rienner.
  • Karunanayake, Dinidu and Waradas Thiyagaraja (September 2013), “What Lessons Are We Talking About: Reconciliation and Memory in Post-Civil War Sri Lankan Cinema”, Colombo: International Center for Ethnic Studies, Colombo.
  • Waradas, Thiyagaraja (March 2013), “Post-war Reconciliation and Development in Sri Lanka: Implications from the Periphery”, Peacebuilding Issues in Contemporary Sri Lanka,  Nayani Melegoda & Hideaki Shinoda (ed.), Institute for Peace Science Hiroshima University: English Research Report Series No. 30, 14-29.

Conference Presentations

  • Waradas, Thiyagaraja (2017) “Queer Rights Activism: Question of Elitism and Urban-Rural Divide”, University of Wisconsin, Paper presented at the 46th Annual Conference on South Asia International Conference in Madison, USA. 28th of October, 2017.
  • Waradas, Thiyagaraja (2017) “Victims or Agents of Violence: An Analysis of Sexual Identities and Post –war Peacebuilding”, Sri Lanka Graduate Student Conference on Sri Lanka Studies, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA, Paper presented in  12-13 of October 2017.
  • Waradas, Thiyagaraja (2015), “Understanding Domestic Public Opinion in Civil War Negotiations: Analysis of Sri Lankan Experience”, University of Colombo, Paper presented to the International Research Conference on Changing Socio-Economic Dimensions of Sri Lanka. 3-4th of December 2015.
  • Waradas, Thiyagaraja (2015), “Peacebuilding and Peace Education”, The Rotary International, Paper presented to the Rotary International Peace Symposium in Sao Paulo, Brasil. 4-6th of June 2015.
  • Boulanger Martel, Simon Pierre and Waradas Thiyagaraja (2014), “The Securitization of Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora in Canada? Discourse and Policy Implications”, University of Colombo, Paper presented to the international conference on “Sri Lanka in World Affairs”, 3-4 July 2014.
  • Waradas, Thiyagaraja (2014), “China in Post-Conflict Countries: A Study of Rwanda and Sri Lanka”, Rotary Peace Center Annual Conference at Uppsala University, Uppsala, 3rd May 2014.
  • Waradas, Thiyagaraja (2014), “Politics of Securitizing ‘Kachchativu’: Analyzing the Discourse on Maritime issues in the Palk Bay between India and Sri Lanka”, 13th EWC International Graduate Student Conference, University of Hawaii- East-West Center, Honalulu, 13-14February 2014.
  • Waradas, Thiyagaraja (2012), “Issues in Post-war Indo-Sri Lanka Relations: A Sri Lankan Perspective”, Young Researchers’ Collective, Colombo, 20-21 January 2012.
  • Waradas, Thiyagaraja (2011), “Rwandan Conflict: the role of Agency and Structure”, 12th Annual Research Conference, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, 3-4 November 2011.

Awards and Scholarships

  • 2018 - Commonwealth Scholarship Commission Ambassador to the 20th Commonwealth Conference on Education Ministers in Fiji 19-23 of February 2018. Funded by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the U.K.
  • 2017-2020 - PRIO Doctoral Support Fellowship funding from the Peace Research Institute of Oslo, for doctoral support courses at PRIO, Oslo Norway.
  • 2017-2020 - Commonwealth Scholarship full funding from the UK, for doctoral studies at the University of Bath.
  • June-July 2017 - Oslo Summer School Scholarship- PRIO (Norway): Full Funding for summer course on peace research at PRIO in Oslo, Norway
  • Dec 2014 - Contact Group World Learning Award (USA- Nepal): Full Funding for CONTACT group two one week conflict transformative skill training workshop in Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Feb 2013 - East-West Center Travel Grant Award (USA): For presenting the research paper at the International Graduate Student Conference at East-West Center, Hawaii.
  • Aug 2012-July 2014 - Rotary Peace Fellowship (Sweden): Full Scholarship from The Rotary Foundation for Masters in peace and conflict study at the Rotary Peace Center of the Department of Peace and Conflict Research of Uppsala University.

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)