Academic Staff

     Picture Name Contact
Prof. Anton Piyarathne  (Head of the Department)
Professor
Research Interests: Identity Construction and Negotiations/ Ethnicity, Nationalism and Citizenship/ Youth, Conflict and Social Justice/ Citizenship and Democracy/ Social Change and Every Day Social Lifeworld/ Religion, Pilgrimage, Rituals and Religious movements/ Subjectivity, Inter-subjectivity and Objectivity/ Existential Social Realities
apiya@ou.ac.lk

Department of Social Studies
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

+94-11-2881126, Ext: 626

Prof. A. S. Chandrabose
Professor
Research Interests : Plantation Economy, Labour in the Tea Sector, Tea Smallholdings, Indian Tamils in Sri Lanka
Indian Tamil Culture in Sri Lanka , Population in Sri Lanka, Migrant Workers, Higher Education
ascha@ou.ac.lk

Department of Social Studies
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

+94-11-2881083, Ext: 300

Dr. N. S. Abeysinghe  (Director, Regional Educational Services)
Senior Lecturer (G I)
Research Interests : 

nsabe@ou.ac.lk

Department of Social Studies
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

+94-11-2881436, Ext: 436

Emeritus Professor Sirimevan Colombage
Emeritus Professor
Research Interests :
Macroeconomics, Monetary Policy and Central Banking, International Finance, Econometric Modeling
sscol@ou.ac.lk

Department of Social Studies
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

+94-11-2881417, Ext: 417

Emeritus Professor Upali Vidanapathirana
Emeritus Professor
Research Interests :
Plantation Economy, Labour in the Tea Sector, Tea Smallholdings, Indian Tamils in Sri Lanka
Indian Tamil Culture in Sri Lanka , Population in Sri Lanka, Migrant Workers, Higher Education

uvida@ou.ac.lk

Department of Social Studies
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

+94-11-2881436, Ext: 436

Dr. B. M. P. Mendis
Senior Lecturer (Grade I)
Research Interests :
Sociology of organizations with special interests in Totalitarian institutions like prisons, organizational politics and culture, professionalization and professionalism, Democratic institutional building, freedom of expression and the media, good governance and transparency, structural reforms as in education
mmend@ou.ac.lk

Department of Social Studies
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

+94-11-2881033, Ext: 533

Dr. S. N. Morais (Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences)
Senior Lecturer (Grade I)
Research Interests : Micro-finance, Micro-enterprise Development, Livelihoods
nsmor@ou.ac.lk

Department of Social Studies
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

+94-11-2881221, Ext: 221

Dr. Sepalika Welikala (Director, Staff Development Center)
Senior Lecturer (Grade I)
Research Interests : Socio-legal processes, Disputing and mediation, Human rights
sweli@ou.ac.lk

Department of Social Studies
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

+94-11-2881082, Ext: 582

Dr. Kanchana Sujananie Bulumulle
Senior Lecturer (Grade I)
Research Interests : Gender equality in higher education, Spirituality and peace, Love and love Labouring
kbulu@ou.ac.lk

Department of Social Studies
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

+94-11-2881000, Ext: 402

Mrs. Thiwankee Abeywardena Wickramasinghe
Senior Lecturer (Grade I)
Research Interests :
Democracy, Local Governance, Media Ethics and Self-Regulation, Comparative Studies on Media Regulatory frameworks in the Asian Region and in the Commonwealth, Evolutionary Process of Development and History of Mass Media, Humanitarian Diplomacy Media Management, Organizational Communication Culture, Open Distance Learning student support mechanisms
tawic@ou.ac.lk

Department of Social Studies
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

+94-11-2881402, Ext: 427

Dr. G.T. Madhubhashini Galagedarage
Senior Lecturer (Grade I)
Research Interests :
Development Communication, Rural empowerment, Right to Information, New Media, Social Media, ICT & Digital Divide, Disaster Communication, Communication Research and Audience Research, Traditional folk media communication, Women and Media, Children and Media, Animal Communication, Television and education,
gtmad@ou.ac.lk

Central Campus, Room number 7, Level 1,
Department of Social Studies
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

+94-11-2881403, Ext: 403

Ms. Purnima Perera
Senior Lecturer (Grade II)
Research Interests :
Sub-fertility, Bioethics, Open and Distance Learning (ODL, OER)
japer@ou.ac.lk

Colombo Regional Center, Department of Social Studies, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

+94-11-2881402, Ext: 402

Dr. Sanmugeswaran Pathmanesan
Senior Lecturer (Grade I)
Research Interests :
South Asian Caste System, Class, and Identity/ Hindu Temple Disputes, Temple Ideology, Sacred Landscape / Anthropology of Consciousness, Memory, Place, and Space / Migration, Diaspora, Transnationalism, and Globalization / Anthropology of Religion, Multi-Religiosity, and Cotemporary New Religious Movements / Displacement, Poverty, and Livelihood / Ethnomusicology, Bharatanatyam, Carnatic Music, and Tamil Music Drama Sri Lanka, India, and South Asia
spath@ou.ac.lk

Room No : 17, 2nd floor, , Department of Social Studies, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

+94-11-2881082, Ext: 582

Mrs. Lekha Erandi Karunadasa
Senior Lecturer (Grade II)
Research Interests :
Development communication,Women and Media,Religious Communication
klkar@ou.ac.lk

Room No.: 4, 1st Floor, Department of Social Studies, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

+94-11-2588034, Ext: 534

Mrs. Thushari Gamage
Senior Lecturer (Grade II)
Research Interests :
Media and Conflict, Media representation, Development Communication, Cross Cultural Communication, Media Impact on Children etc
gddam@ou.ac.lk

Room No.: 4, 1st Floor, Department of Social Studies, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

+94-11-2881034, Ext: 534

Dr. S. M. A. K. Samarakoon
Senior Lecturer (Grade II)
Research Interests :
Currently working on Sino-Sri Lanka Relations, and A Neo-Realist Analysis of Sri Lanka’s Relations with Major Powers
smasa@ou.ac.lk

Department of Social Studies
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

+94-11-2881082, Ext: 582

Ms. Udeni Herath
Senior Lecturer (Grade II)
Research Interests :
Youth Studies
udeni.herath@yahoo.com

Department of Social Studies
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

+94-11-2881417, Ext: 417

Mrs. Dulanii Liyanahetti
Senior Lecturer (Grade II)
Research Interests :
Knowledge economy, devolution of power, financial autonomy of provincial governments
ddliy@ou.ac.lk

Room No : 3, 1st floor,  Department of Social Studies, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

+94-11-2881034, Ext: 534

Mr. N. Balamurali – Jaffna R.C.
Senior Lecturer (Grade II)
Research Interests :
Labour Economics, Youth Issues, Time Series & Cross Sectional Data Analysis.
nbala@ou.ac.lk

Jaffna Regional Center, Department of Social Studies, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

+94-21-2223374

Mr. Binara Angammana – Kurunegala R.C.
Senior Lecturer (Grade II)
Research Interests :
Kinship Studies
arang@ou.ac.lk

Kurunegala Regional Center,
The Open University Regional Center, Malkaduwawa, Kurunegala, Sri Lanka

+94-37-2223473

Mrs. Achinthya Koswatta
Lecturer
Research Interests :
Trade-Growth Nexus, Institutions and the Economic Analysis, Tourism and Investment, Innovation and, R&D.
hmkos@ou.ac.lk

1st Floor, Department of Social Studies
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

+94-11-2881034, Ext: 534

Ms. Buddhima Padmasiri
Lecturer (Probationary)
Research Interests : Gender and Sexuality, Labour Studies, Human Rights and Conflict Studies
khpad@ou.ac.lk

Department of Social Studies
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

+94-11-2881436, Ext: 436

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