Dr. Harini Amarasuriya

Senior Lecturer (G I)

Social Studies
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Head of the Department

Central Campus, 2nd Floor. HSS Building, Room No 10

Office: 2881402, Ext: 402

E-mail: hnama@ou.ac.lk amarasuriyaharini9@gmail.com

Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Social Anthropology

Areas of Specialization:

Political Anthropology, Anthropology of Development

Research interests:

I am interested in state society relations and also about the everyday world of political activism, politcal and social mobilisation. I am also interested in the areas of education policy, gender and development.


Board Member, Centre for Women's Research (CENWOR)

Board Member, Law and Society Trust

Board Member, Nest

Course Coordination:

DSU3551 Introduction to Society and Culture; DSU4353 Kinship, Marriage and Family; DSU4355 Education and Social Mobility; DSU4354 Economy and Society


Selected publications:

Amarasuriya, Harini (2017) ‘State of Human Rights: Constitutional Reforms’,  State of Human Rights in Sri Lanka, 2017, Colombo: Law and Society Trust

Amarasuriya, Harini (2015) ‘Elite Poltiics and Dissent in Sri Lanka The South Asianist, Vol 4 No 1

Amarasuriya, Harini and Jonathan Spencer (2015),’ With that, discipline will also come to them”: politics of postwar urban Colombo in Current Anthropology, Special Issue

Haniffa, F, Harini Amarasuriya and Visakha Wijeynayake (2015), Where Have All the Neighbours Gone? Aluthgama Riots and its Aftermath: A Fact Finding Mission to Aluthgama, Dharga Town, Valipanna and Beruwela, Colombo: Law & Society Trust

Amarasuriya, Harini (2015) Protests and Counter Protests: competing civil society spaces in post-war civil society in Sri Lanka in Economic and Political Weekly Vol L No 9

Amarasuriya, Harini and Jonathan Spencer (2014) The Beautification of Post-War Colombo in The City and South Asia, The Harvard South Asia Institute, Cambridge Mass

Amarasuriya, Harini (2014) Leadership Training for Youth: a response to Youth Rebellion?  in Cadjan-Kiduhu: Global Perspectives on Youth Work, Brian Belton (Ed), Rotterdam, Sense Publishers

Lead Author, (2014), National Human Development Report Sri Lanka:  Youth and Development, UNDP Sri Lanka

Amarasuriya, Harini (2014), Abbuddase Kale: A time of Godlessness , Sri Lanka Journal of Social Sciences, Vol 40, University of Peradeniya

Member of Drafting Team  (2013), National Youth Policy for Sri Lanka

Amarasuriya, Harini and Spencer Jonathan (2012), Ngos, the state and ‘cultural values: imagining the global in Sri Lanka, Jude Howell (Ed.) The Global Dimensions of Non Governmental Public Action, Palgrave

Goonsekere, Savitri and Harini Amarasuriya, (2012), Early Marriage and Statutory Rape in Selected Districts in Sri Lanka, Study Report , UNICEF, Sri Lanka

Co-Author, (2011), Micro-Study on Rights and Entitlements of Women headed households in the Ampara District, Study Report, Good Practice Group for CARE, Sri Lanka

Amarasuriya, Harini, Discrimination and Social Exclusion of Youth in Sri Lanka, in the ‘Challenge of Youth Employment in Sri Lanka, Milan Vidopivec, Ramani Gunathilaka, Markus Mayer (Eds), World Bank, 2010

Abeyasekera, Asha and Amarasuriya, Harini, Why aren’t we empowered yet? Assumptions and Silences surrounding Women, Gender and Development in Sri Lanka, Charting Pathways to Gender Equality; Reflections and Challenges, CENWOR Sri Lanka, 2010

Co Author, Study Report on, Intellectual Property Rights Regime and Access to Knowledge Initiatives in Sri Lanka, Open University of Sri Lanka, 2009

Amarasuriya, H and Witharana, D, Implications of Intellectual Property Rights on Access to Knowledge in Education and Research, Conference Proceedings, 7th National Conference on Library and Information Science, Sri Lanka Library Association, Colombo, 2009

Amarasuriya, H, Gunduz, C, Mayer, M, Sri Lanka: Rethinking the nexus between youth, unemployment and conflict,

International Alert, International Alert, London, 2009

Co Author, A tool, a guide and a framework: Introduction to a psychosocial approach to development, Social Policy Analysis and Research Centre, Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo, 2009

Amarasuriya, H, Report on Child Labour in the Agriculture Sector in Sri Lanka, study report for ILO Sri Lanka, Social Policy Analysis and Research Centre, Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo, 2008

Witharana D, Amarasuriya H, Uvais, H, India Sri Lanka Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement : A Few Notes on Trade Agreements from a Social Justice Perspective, Working Paper 1, Impact of Globalisation on Development Project, Social Policy Analysis and Research Centre, University of Colombo, 2007

Amarasurity H, Discrimination and Social Exclusion of Youth in Sri Lanka, Research paper for ILO, Youth Employment Network, 2006 (Working paper)

Ongoing Research:

Collabrative study with the University of Edinburgh on Anthropolgy of Ethics, Conscience and Human Rights

The Open University of Sri Lanka
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