Mrs. Lekha Erandi Karunadasa

Senior Lecturer (G II)

BA (Hons,J’pura) , MA(Colombo)

Social Studies
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Colombo Regional Centre, Colombo Regional Centre, 1st floor, HSS building, Room No: 4 W5

Office: 112588034, Ext: 534


I am attached to the Communication Stream in the Department of Social Studies. And I would like to explore how communication can be used effectively to empower deferent sectors in the country .In my previous studies, I have focused on community development with the special reference to women and I investigated the ways that strategic communication could be planned to bridge the gap between development planners and beneficiaries at the grassroots to reach the goals of community development operations. Through exposure, I strongly believe that communication should be considered as a intraday part of the development operations. Apart from that teaching is my passion and one of my enjoyments

Areas of Specialization:

Development Communication

Research interests:

Development Communication, Political Communication, Women and Media, Women Empowerment, Community Development, Environmental Communication, Advertising &Promotion, Distance learning

Programme Coordination:

BA in Social Sciences Level 3

Course Coordination:

DSU4621Participatary Communication for Development

DSU4324 Advertising & Promotions

DSU4622Environment Communication


My current research focuses on strategic communication process in political parties to encourage women towards politics. Underrepresentation of women in politics has become a major academic topic of research from a variety of perspectives around the world. This fact directly effects ensuring gender equality and the genuine democracy of a country. This research will investigate how the prevailing political communication process in Sri Lanka motivates women towards politics from a communication


Journal Articles

Karunadasa K.L.E, Liyanahetti, D.D, Fernando, G.D.T.D.K, Using Elearn facilities in education during a pandemic, election of undergraduates. Volume 14, Issue 2, Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, VISTAS, The Open University of Sri Lanka,


Extended Abstracts

Karunadasa K.L.E (2014) Communication strategies for microfinance operations in Gemidiriya; A case studyBased on Hathellegoda GS division in Rathnapura district .Annual Academic research sessions. The Open University of Sri Lanka



Karunadasa K.L.E,Liyanahetti2,D.D ,Fernando Challenges and Opportunities faced by Undergraduates using E-learning Facilities in Education – Special reference students in the Communication Stream of OUSL, Sub theme – Geography, GIS, Data Science and ICT, Advances in Social Sciences and the Humanities: challenges and opportunities3rd International Symposium on Social Sciences and Humanities (IRSSSH) ,2 The Nationwide Caterers Association 020.

Karunadasa K.L.E,Liyanahetti2,D.D ,Fernando T,Transforming from Traditional Learning to Elearn Platforms; Constraints Experienced by Undergraduates of Open University of Sri Lanka (OUSL), , FGS- Annual Research Sessions-2020,Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo,Sri Lanka

Karunadasa K.L.E. 2017,Effectiveness of using ICT in Gemidiriya:A study based on Hathellegoda GS division in Rathnapura District, ICH2015,3rd International conference on the Humanities;New dynamics,divergences, directions, Inaugural conference, The faculty of Humanities, University of Kelaniya, SriLanka.

Karunadasa K.L.E2016, The impact of communication on attitudes of rural women in Gemidiriya Microfinance

Operations; A Case study based on Hathallegoda GS division (Rathnapura GS division), ICH2015, International conference

 On the Humanities; New dynamics, divergences, University of Kelaniya,Sri Lanka.


Book Chapters

Karunadasa K.L.E,(2022),Sanwardhana Ilakka Sapura Genimedi Sannivedanaye Bhumikawa(Role of Communication in Achieving Development Goals),Galagedarage, M.,(Eds),Sannivedanaya ha Madya Adyanaya ,(Communication & Media Studies; Theory and Practice), Godage publishers,(pp50-59), ISBN 978-955-30-2022.


Sannivedanaya Pilibada handinweemak,(Introduction of Communication)First issue,MediaTodayISSN2279-3402, December2013.

Sannivedana Mattam,(Level of Communication) Volume 1, Second issue, Media Today, ISSN2279-3402,January 2014

Sannivadana Badha,(Noise in Communication) Third issue, Media Today, 2279-3402.Febryary 2014

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