As an emerging department with an interdisciplinary approach towards the field of Social Science research in Sri Lanka, our academic staff carry out both individual and group research in a number of disciplines. The department is dedicated to conduct research under six broad research themes with substantial focus on individual specializations. Details related to the research interests of the academic staff members are given below.



Staff Member

Broad Area of Research

Sub Disciplines

Dr. WMAGHA Premarathne

Economic Development

Institutions and Rural Development, Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Development, Tourism Sector Development

Dr. MM Jayawardena

Economic Development

Defence and Peace Economics, Urban and Rural Development

Dr. LS Liyanage

Social Work

Mental Health, Strengths Based Practice, Ethnographic Research

Dr. KKNP Rathnayake

Development Studies

Public Management, Rural Development

Mr. HMN Herath

Social Anthropology

Conflict Resolution, Anthropology of Peace, Anthropology of Religion, Ethnographic Research

Ms. HMAGK Ekanayake


Urban Geography, Population Geography, Development Geography, Migration, Tourism


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