Mrs. Thiwankee Abeywardena Wickramasinghe

Senior Lecturer (G I)

Social Studies
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Contact:

Select, Ground Floor, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, CYP Unit, Room No: GR 01

Office: 0112881402, Ext: 427

Email: thiwankee_w@yahoo.co.uk tawic@ou.ac.lk


Biography: 

An outgoing person with an original and creative mind, prepared to achieve excellence in professional challenges based on a foundation of undergraduate and postgraduate training in Mass Communication and professional credentials as an Attorney at Law of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka. My research focuses on Organizational Communication culture, Local Governance and Democracy. And I’m particularly interested in communication dynamics within the organizational culture.

Research: 

My current research focuses on the impact of communication on organizational culture, especially on organizational communication dynamics. Specifically, my work is informed by writings on good governance and communication, humanitarian diplomacy and open distance learning and student support mechanisms.

My previous research work focuses on media regulatory framework, media self-regulations and on media and technology-related issues.

Having selected a career in the academia within the discipline of Mass Communication as an communicationist, my strongest contribution have being listening to the voiceless community and to make them empowered to be might as the powerholders.

Area of Specialization:

Mass Communication & Law

Research Intrests:

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

Affiliations:

Bar Association of Sri Lanka

Programmes Coordination:

MA in Development Studies and Public Policy , Level 10

Course Coordination:

DSU3521 Introduction to Communication Theory and Practice DSU5323 Corporate Communication and Image Building DSU5326 Media Organizations and Management

Researches:

My current research focuses on the impact of communication on organizational culture especially on organizational communication dynamics. Specifically, my work is informed by writings on good governance and communication, humanitarian diplomacy and open distance learning and student support mechanisms.

My previous research work focuses on media regulatory framework, media self-regulations and on media and technology related issues.

Having selected a career in the academia within the discipline of Mass Communication as an communicationist, my strongest contribution have being listening to the voiceless community and to make them empowered to be might as the powerholders.

“Criminal Defamation and Mass Communication” BA (Special) Degree Dissertation, University of Kelaniya, (2004).

The Environmental Law Implication of Law Land Filling in Sri Lankan Urban Cities – A research paper submitted for the LL.B Programme, Open University of Sri Lanka, (2004)

Making Sense of Language Barrier: A case study of BA  Social Studies students recruited under the relaxed scheme of admission in 2003: A joint research paper with Prof. Upali Vidanapathirana, Annual Academic Sessions, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Open University of Sri Lanka, (2005)

“Making Sense of Media Responsibility with Freedom: A study on the scope for media self-regulation in Sri Lankan newspaper journalism” MSSc (Master of Social Sciences) Dissertation, University of Kelaniya, (2007).

In-depth quantitative and qualitative analysis of how children are being reported in the print and broadcast media (Press, TV and Radio), in the context of Sri Lankan current affairs, (2008)

W. T. A. Fernando, T. A. Wickramasinghe & I. Bulankulame, 2010, Enabling and Empowering the Differently-abled through Distance Education. A Case Study, Open Distance Learning in the 21st Century Challenges & Possibilities, pp 77-88

Theodore A. Fernando & Thiwankee Wickramasinghe, 2011, Towards an equitable educational order to enable and empower differently-abled students in Sri Lankan Universities through E- Learning, e-case & e-tech International Conference, Tokyo, Japan

Theodore A. Fernando & Thiwankee Wickramasinghe, 2011,Use Of Mobile Phones Among Rural Farmers In Sri Lanka (A Case Study), Annual Academic Session 2011, Open University of Sri Lanka

State Regulatory Mechanisms vs. Self-regulatory Mechanisms in Sri Lankan Newspaper Industry, 2012, “Free Media”, Government Information Department of Sri Lanka

The Regulatory Framework Relating to the Sri Lankan Press, 2012, Educators’ Guide for Students, UNESCO Curriculum Development Project.

Democratic Accountability of Elected Representatives Appraising of the Decision Making Process in Local Electoral System, VISTaAS, Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, Open University of Sri Lanka, Vol.10, 2016, 24-51

Implementation and Implications of the Citizens Charter: The Sri Lankan Experience in Making it a Reality in Local Governance (2017), A  Tribute To A Pioneer In Social Sciences: Emeritus Professor Upali Vidanapathirana, Open University of Sri Lanka, 256-271

Wickramasinghe T. Public Participation in the Decision-Making Process of Local Authorities in Sri Lanka. J Adv Res Pub Poli Admn 2018; 2(1): 1-12.

Ongoing Research:

Media Socialization of Children on Eating Habits:  A Study of How Television Content Nourish Their Lives

Publications:

Making Sense of Language Barrier: A case study of BA Social Studies students recruited under the relaxed scheme of admission in 2003: A joint research paper with Prof. Upali Vidanapathirana, Annual Academic Sessions, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Open University of Sri Lanka, (2005)

W. T. A. Fernando, T. A. Wickramasinghe & I. Bulankulame, 2010, Enabling and Empowering the Differently-abled through Distance Education. A Case Study, Open Distance Learning in the 21 st Century Challenges & Possibilities, pp 77-88

Theodore A. Fernando & Thiwankee Wickramasinghe, 2011, Towards an equitable educational order to enable and empower differently-abled students in Sri Lankan Universities through E- Learning, e-case & e-tech International Conference, Tokyo, Japan

Making Sense of Media Responsibility with Freedom: A study on the scope for media self-regulation in Sri Lankan newspaper journalism” MSSc (Master of Social Sciences) Dissertation, University of Kelaniya, (2007).

W. T. A. Fernando, T. A. Wickramasinghe& I. Bulankulame, 2010, Enabling and Empowering the Differently-abled through Distance Education. A Case Study, Open Distance Learning in the 21st Century Challenges & Possibilities, pp 77-88

Theodore A. Fernando &ThiwankeeWickramasinghe, 2011, Towards an equitable educational order to enable and empower differently-abled students in Sri Lankan Universities through E- Learning, e-case & e-tech International Conference, Tokyo, Japan

self-regulation in Sri Lankan newspaper journalism” MSSc (Master of Social Sciences) Dissertation, University of Kelaniya, (2007).

Theodore A. Fernando &ThiwankeeWickramasinghe, 2011, Use of Mobile Phones Among Rural Farmers in Sri Lanka (A Case Study), Annual Academic Session 2011, Open University of Sri Lanka

State Regulatory Mechanisms vs. Self-regulatory Mechanisms in Sri Lankan Newspaper Industry, 2012, “Free Media”, Government Information Department of Sri Lanka

The Regulatory Framework Relating to the Sri Lankan Press, 2012, Educators’ Guide for Students, UNESCO Curriculum Development Project.

Democratic Accountability of Elected Representatives Appraising of the Decision Making Process in Local Electoral System, VISTAS, Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, Open University of Sri Lanka, Vol.10, 2016, 24-51

Implementation and Implications of the Citizens Charter: The Sri Lankan Experience in Making it a Reality in Local Governance (2017), A Tribute to a Pioneer in Social Sciences: Emeritus Professor UpaliVidanapathirana, Open University of Sri Lanka, 256-271

Wickrasinghe T. Public Participation in the Decision-Making Process of Local Authorities in Sri Lanka. J Adv Res Pub PoliAdmn2018; 2(1): 1-12.

Theodore Fernando, I. L. D. Wijetunge, ThiwankeeWickramasinghe, M. K. GeethaniJeewanthi, H. U. C. Nuwansala, Media Socialization of Children on Eating Habits: A Study of How Television Content Nourish their Lives, World Journal of Social Science Research, Vol. 6, No. 3, 2019

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