Dr. E.L. Sunethra J. Perera

Dr. E.L. Sunethra J. Perera

Senior Lecturer, Head – Department of Demography

Head – Department of Demography, Senior Lecturer

Ph.D. (Mahidol), M.A.,Postgraduate Diploma, BA (Hons.) (Colombo)Office: +94 112586111, Mobile: +94 716045292, Fax: +94 11 2581110
E-mail: sunethrae@gmail.com

 

Qualifications

  • Ph.D. (Demography),IPSR,Mahidol University, 2009
  • M.A. (Economics), University of Colombo, 1999
  • PG Diploma (Population Studies-Merit Pass), University of Colombo, 1998
  • PG Diploma (Economic Development), University of Colombo, 1997
  • B.A (First Class), University of Colombo, 1994

 

Teaching

  • Migration studies
  • Population ageing
  • sexual and reproductive Health
  • Human resources & manpower Planning
  • Population forecasting for socioeconomic planning
  • Population data analysis
  • Population theories
  • Mortality and morbidity studies
  • Economic demography
  • Population and development
  • Research methodology
  • Computer applications for demographic analysis.

 

Research interests

  • Internal and international migration & children
  • Population ageing
  • Fertility and reproductive health and Gender and poverty.

 

Awards and grants

  • Postdoctoral award to do research papers on ageing ,functional disability and long-term care in Thailand, 2011 by the Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University, Thailand
  • Postgraduate Award to present a paper on The impacts of transnational migration and household wealth on children’s school enrolment in Sri Lanka: 9th Asia Pacific Sociological Association (APSA) conference 13-15, June, 2009: Bali, Indonesia
  • Award to present a paper on Parents overseas migration and children left-behind in Sri Lanka at the Workshop on Transnational Parenthood and Children- Left- Behind in Oslo, Norway 20-21 November 2008.
  • Grant for Doctoral Degree National Centre for Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences (NCAS), Sri Lanka, 2006.
  • Award for Master Degree, Department of Economics, University of Colombo, 1998

 

Involvement with other organizations

  • Postdoctoral Fellow of the IPSR, Mahidol University
  • Member of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP)
  • Treasurer of Population Association of Sri Lanka (PASL)
  • Visiting Lecturer, Department of Zoology, Faculty of Science, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Member of South Asia Migration Research Network

 

Book Chapters

  • Sunethra Perera & S. Ukwatta (2000) How popular is the Western Province among the migrants in Sri Lanka, Demography of Sri Lanka: Issues and Challenges, Page:140-155, Colombo, Department of Demography, University of Colombo .
  • Sunethra Perera (2010)Other Population Issues:A Study Guide. Faculty of Arts. University of Col

 

Book review

  • Sunethra Perera (2010) Ghazy Mujahid and K.A.P. Siddhisena. (2009) Demographic Prognosis for South Asia: A Future of Rapid Ageing, Paper in Population Ageing, No.6, Bangkok, Thailand, Asia and the Pacific Regional Office, Sri Lanka Journal of Population Studies,Vol.11.

 

Refereed Journal articles

  • Perera Sunethra and Aree Jampaklay. 2011. International migration and children left behind: Impacts on children’s school enrolment in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Journal of Population Studies. Volume 12-13. Page 81-100.
  • Perera Sunethra. 2008. International contract migration in Sri Lanka: Dynamics issues and policy implications. Sri Lanka Journal of Population Studies. Volume 10. Page40-56.
  • De Silva W. I & Perera Sunethra. 2007. Trends and determinants of migration in Sri Lanka. Economic Review. Volume 33. Page 4-9.
  • Perera Sunethra. 2005. Patterns, determinants and consequences of Internal migration in Sri Lanka 1981-2001. IWE Journal, Institute of Workers Education. Volume 5. Page 76-101.
  • Perera Sunethra. 2004. Determinants of current attitudes to reproductive health among female labour migrants: A study of Katunayake Export processing Zone.Sri Lanka Journal of Population Studies. Volume 7. Page 36-51.

 

Other articles

  • De Silva W. I & Perera Sunethra. 2007. Trends and determinants of migration in Sri Lanka. Economic Review. Volume 33. Page 4-9.

 

Technical reports/ working papers

  • Ukwatta, S.,Siddhisena, K. A. P.,Perera,E. L. S. J. andBalasuriya, A. 2011, Health issues pertaining to internal migration, A report prepared for the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka.
  • Poverty and social integration among Female migrant workers in Export Processing Zone Katunayake. IMCAP, University of Colombo, 2002.

 

Conference paper presentations / workshop attended

  • Sunethra Perera. 2011. Participated in the South Asia Migration Research Network: Course 4: Migration, inequality and social change: September 19th 25thNegombo, Sri Lanka.
  • SunethraPerera. 2011. Participated in the international training programme on Empowering Women through Social, Economic and Cultural Intervention, 18h – 23nd July 2011 Indonesia.
  • Sunethra Perera. 2010. The impact of remittances and gendered process of international migration on children left behind: A case study of Kalutara District, Sri Lanka: 12th International Conference on Sri Lanka Studies. (ICSLS) conference, 18th -20th March, 2010, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  • Sunethra Perera. 2009.The impacts of transnational migration and household wealth on children’s school enrolment in Sri Lanka: 9th Asia Pacific Sociological Association (APSA) conference 13-15, June: Bali, Indonesia.
  • Sunethra Perera. 2008. Parents overseas migration and children left-behind in Sri Lanka- a paper presented at the Workshop on Transnational Parenthood and Children- Left- Behind in Oslo, Norway 20-21 November 2008.
  • Sunethra Perera. 2008.Gender Differentials in the Pattern and Determinants of International Labour Migration: Evidence from Sri Lanka: NCAS Conference, 17th -18th October : Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  • Sunethra Perera. 2008.Female internal labour migration, living conditions and vulnerability: a case study of Katunayake export processing zone Sri Lanka. AcademicWorkshop on Migration vulnerability and Security, SLFI, Colombo.20-22, August, 2008
  • Sunethra Perera. 2005.Reproductive health of Katunayake FTZ migrant female workers: A study of their intimate relationships, contraceptive knowledge and sexually transmitted disease; Paper presented at 10th International Conference on Sri Lanka Studies, 16th -18th December: University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka.
  • Sunethra Perera. 2005. Trends, characteristics and patterns of internal migration in Sri Lanka 1981-2001, Paper presented at 8thAnnual sessions, Population Association of Sri Lanka, 15th October, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

 

Publications

  • Perera Sunethra and Aree Jampaklay (2011), International migration and children left behind: Impacts on children’s school enrolment in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Journal of Population Studies, 2011, Volume 12-13: 81-100
  • Perera Sunethra (2008), International contract migration in Sri Lanka: Dynamics issues and policy implications. Sri Lanka Journal of Population Studies, Vol. 10: 40-56.
  • De Silva W. I & Perera Sunethra (2007), Trends and determinants of migration in Sri Lanka. Economic Review ,Vol.33 (4-9)
  • Perera Sunethra (2005), Patterns, determinants and consequences of Internal migration in Sri Lanka 1981-2001, IWE Journal, Institute of Workers’ Education, Vol. 5 : 76-101.
  • Perera Sunethra (2004), Determinants of current attitudes to reproductive health among female labour migrants: A study of Katunayake Export processing Zone, Sri
  • Lanka Journal of Population Studies, vol. 7: 36-51.

 

Theses

  • International contract labour migration and children left behind in Sri Lanka: the impact on children’s education. A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Demography), Faculty of Graduate Studies, Mahidol University, 2009.
  • Internal Migration Patterns in the Western Province in Sri Lanka – 1998 – A Dissertation submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Postgraduate Diploma in Population Studies, University of Colombo, 1998.
  • Socio-economic implications of ageing population in Sri Lanka – A Dissertation submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Postgraduate Diploma in Economic Development, University of Colombo, 1997.

 

Graduate supervision / coordination

  • Coordinator, Postgraduate Diploma in Population Studies
  • Thesis supervision – M A in Development Studies
  • Dissertation supervision – Postgraduate Diploma in Population Studies
  • Dissertation supervision- B A (Special Demography in Demography)

 

Other responsibilities

  • Student Counselor, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.