Ms. Purnima Perera

Senior Lecturer (G II)

BA (Peradeniya), PGD in Health Dev (Colombo), MPhil (Peradeniya)

Social Studies
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Senior Lecturer (G II)

Colombo Regional Center, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, The Open University of Sri Lanka, Nawala

Office: 2881402, Ext: 2406



I am specializing in Medical Anthropology and my research areas focus broadly on human reproduction related bioethics, biomedicine and biotechnologies.  As an academic in the Open University, I am interested in Open and Distant Education related learning strategies too.

Areas of Specialization:

Medical Anthropology

Research interests:

Sub-fertility, Bioethics, Open and Distance Learning (ODL, OER)


Life member of Sri Lanka association for the Advancement of Science
Member of the Open University Teachers Association (OUTA).
Member of the Sociological Association, Department of Sociology, University of Peradeniya.

Programme Coordination:

BA Degree in Social Sciences – Level 3 – (2007-2009), Level 5 – (2009-2011)

Course Coordination:

DSU5354 – Health and Society


NSF Travel Grants (208)

ADB (DEMP) Research Grant (2010)



Perera JAPS, Silva KT, (2011) “Getting Pregnant during Teen age – By Choice or By Chance?”.Second International Conference of Alternative Perspectives in the Humanities and the Social Sciences, CVR.009, “Culture Heritage and Legacy” 6-8 August. San Jose, Costa Rica.

Perera, P, Silva, K.T. (2011) “Determinants of Teenage Pregnancy in Urban Low Income Neighbourhoods in Colombo Municipal Council Area” International Symposium on Post-War Economic Development Through Science, Technology and Management, South Eastern University of Sri Lanka, Oluvil, ISBN: 978-955-627-002-0, p. 88

Perera, J.A.P.S., (2010), Social Exclusion and Teenage Pregnancy in Urban Slums in Colombo, XVII– International Sociological Association (ISA) World Congress of Sociology: Sociology on the Move, (2010S02019), Gothenburg, Sweden, P.365

Perera, P. (2008), “The Impact of Religiosity on Illness Adjustment in Cancer Patients”, 01st International Symposium on Contemporary Social Issues and Development. South Eastern University of Sri Lanka. ISBN: 978-955-627-020-4, pp-168-176

Perera, P, Vidanapathirana, U, Amarasuriya, H, Piyaratne, A, Seneviratne,S. (2009),“Suicide in Agrarian Communities in Sri Lanka : A review in a Socio-ecological Perspective”, Annual academic Sessions of the Open University of Sri Lanka, ISBN: 978-955-23-1127-7, pp 213-214



Perera, P. (2004) “Gender Prejudice against Women” (Kanthawa ha Bendunu Agatheen), Samaja Nireeksha, Sociological Association, University of Peradeniya, (3):13-21

Perera, J.A.P.S., (2010) “Health as a Social Institution”, Foundation of Sociology (SSF 2305) Academic Reading Module – Block-II, Vol 2, ISBN: 978-956-23-1134-6, The Open University of Sri Lanka, Nawala, pp-64-78.

Perera, P. (2008), “The Effectiveness of „Zakatƒ?? Contribution in Poverty Reduction Among Muslims in Sri Lanka” International Conference on Social Sciences in Sri Lanka, (ICSSL) Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, ISBN: 978-955-9044-64-2, P.317

Perera,P, Vidanapathirana, U, (2008), “Effectiveness of BCC Model in Changing the Risk Behavior pertaining to HIV/AIDS among Migrant Workers in the FTZs”, OUSL Academic Sessions, ISBN: 978-955-23-1054-6, pp 86-88

Perera,J.A.P.S. (2008), “Social support for teenage pregnancy in urban low income neighborhoods in Colombo Municipal council area” Post Graduate Research Symposium, Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya.

Perera,J.A.P.S., (2007) “The Causes of Domestic Violence and Its Impact on Rural Women Victims in South Asia”, Proceedings of the Peradeniya University Research Sessions, Sri Lanka, Vol.12, Part II, .ISSN -1391-4111, ISBN -978-955-589-101-, pp.357-358.

Perera J.A.P.S., (2006) “Factors Affecting Religious Conversion and the Socio- Cultural Problems Face by the People Who Change Their Religion”, Peradeniya University Annual Academic Research sessions (PURSE), p.357

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