Prof. A. S. Chandrabose


BA (Peradeniya), MA (Peradeniya), MPhil (JNU), PhD (JNU)

Social Studies
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

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I am from plantation community in Sri Lanka and my home town is in Kotagala and currently living in Wattala.  I joined the Department of Social Studies (SSD) of the Open University of Sri Lanka OUSL in 1992. Prior to joining the OUSL, I was a temporary lecturer at the Department of Geography of University of Peradeniya. My main responsibility is teaching and evaluating the social science subjects of the BA and MA degree programmes at the OUSL. I have also introduced a new study programme titled ‘Social Harmony’ and it was commended by the Vice-Chancellor of the OUSL.


My research incorporates social, economic and cultural changes of the plantation community in Sri Lanka. I examined distribution of income and wealth of the plantation workers and subsequently done a comparative analysis of  production and exports of tea and carried out a study on a comparative analysis of labour in the Tea plantations sector in Indian and Sri Lanka by taking into consideration of the selected tea gardens in Darjeeling, Nilgris in India and Large Scale Tea Estates and Tea Smallholdings in Sri Lanka. Apart from this , I also studied about the issues related to ethnic identity and distribution of Indian Tamil population in the country and my study on cultural changes and the subject of the caste also published in prominent publications. A study on central issues of that Impact the plantation community in Sri Lanka also carried out with the support of  CCFD France and HDO in Kandy. Similarly I too involved in assessment of labour situation in Tea Smallholding sector in the DS division of Kotapola in Deniyaya in Sri Lanka. The study on evaluation of employable skills, higher education of the women workers also conducted with the support of Indian Institute of Dalit Studies in Sri Lanka in 2014. I also involved in studying  about the out growing system, which is a new field operation system introduced by the Employers Federation of Planters Association in the country, and the study was patronage by the Institute of Social Development (ISD) in Kandy, subsequently the organization of Plantation and Rural Education Development Organization (PREDO) in collaboration with USAID have also supported to carryout in-depth study on the new system of field operation in the tea plantation and I joined as a co-researcher of the project.  Currently, I am engaging a study about the changing pattern of employment of the plantation community.

Areas of Specialization:

Labour in the Plantation Sector

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



Programme Coordination:

1. M.Phil/Ph.D in Development Studies

Course Coordination:

Certificate in Social Harmony


1. Indian Council for Cultural Relation, scholarship to ursue postgraduate studies in Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi in 1997.


Chandrabose, A.S. (2019). Labour in the Tea plantation Sector: A Special Reference to Privatized Large Scale Tea Estates in Sri Lanka. International Journal of Arts and Commerce, 8(4), 36-45.

Red Colour of Tea’ : Central Issues that impact the tea plantation Community in Sri Lanka, published by HDO in Collaboration with CCFD France, 2011.

Caste Discrimination among Indian Tamil Plantation Workers in Sri Lanka‹¨« in Caste less or Caste-blind? By IDSN/IIDS, Kumaran Book House, 2009Alcohol consumption amongst the plantation community: with special reference to large scale tea estates in the district of NuwaraEliya in Sri Lanka.‹¨« –

Labour Turnout In Small Tea Holdings: A Comparative Study Of Nilgiri Tea Gardens in South India and Tea Region of Low Elevation In Sri Lanka, Economic Review,Peoples Bank , Sri Lanka in September/December 2006 4. ‹¨«Migration of Tea Plantation Workers: India and Sri Lanka Experiences‹¨« (in Tamil) published in Manivila Malar by the Diamond Jubilee Committee of Prof. S. Sandarasegaram, Colombo, 2004. 5. ‹¨«Demographic Profile of Sri Lanka‹¨«, Published by the FES, Sri Lanka in 2004. The Tamil version of this article has been also published by the FCT in 2005 6. ‹¨«Distribution Pattern of Indian Origin Tamils in Sri Lanka‹¨«, Published by the memorial committee of Late R. Sivalingam, No. 2. Mangala Road, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2003

Ongoing Research:

1. Hired Labour in the Tea Small Holding Sector in Sri Lanka. 2. Outgoing Labour Force from the Large Scale Plantation: A Special reference to Tea Estates in Sri lanka.

Research Supervisions:

1. Supervising a MA dissertation on Marginal labour in the Wavuniya District of Sri lanka.


A book titled as ‘Red Colour of Tea’ has been published by the HDO in Kandy in collaboration with CCFD, France in 2012. The book was not only translated in Tamil but also translated in in Japanese language by the Asian Health Institute in Nagoya, Japan.

Tea Plantation community in Sri Lanka – 150 Years (1867-2017),  A book edited by myself and other colleague from University of Peradeniya had published by the Express Newspapers Ceylon (Ltd) in 2017. The contained 29 articles on plantation community to commemorate 150 years of tea in Sri Lanka

Tea smallholdings in Sri Lanka: Nature of Growth and   Development. in Mahim Mendis (ed,). A Tribute to a Pioneer in Social Sciences at OUSL. Department of Social Studies, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences: The Open University of Sri Lanka. Published in 2017.

Cultural Identity of the Indian Tamils in Sri Lanka: A Measurement of Multi-Dimensional Status of Indian Tamil Society in Sri Lanka.  Published in Circulation of Cultures and Cultural Circulation, Edited by Sanjay Garg, SAARC Cultural Centre, Sri Lanka, 2014.

Ethnic Conflict and Upcountry Tamils A Multiple View (Tamil), (core editor), Collection of Essays published by the Late R. Sivalingam Memorial Organisation, BQ 2/2 Maning Town, Mangala Road, Colombo 08 on 22.09.2007

Demographic Profile of Sri Lanka, Published by the FES, Sri Lanka in 2004. The Tamil version of this article has been also published by the FCT in 2005.

Selected publications in the website:…/5thinternational/religiousandculturalstudies/51.pdf







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