Pavithra Jayawardena (PhD)

BA (Colombo) MA (Colombo) PhD (Wellington)

I am a senior lecturer at the Department of International Relations, Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo.  I currently teach introductory course for International Relations, Geopolitics and Research Methodology at the undergraduate level and critical theories in International Relations, Gender, Migration and Research Methodology at the postgraduate level both in Sinhala and English medium. I use decolonial teaching techniques in the class room.  Apart from teaching, I am also the Director of Undergraduate Studies at Faculty of Arts, UOC.

As a researcher, I am more drawn to explore dynamics in international migration, challenges of democratic citizenship regime, transnationalism and Sri Lankan diaspora. I am more interested in multidisciplinary research that cross International Relations, Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology. Currently I am working on understanding the ways in which Sri Lankan immigrants’ make sense of their home and host country citizenship.

I can be reached via: pavithraj@inr.cmb.ac.lk / jayawardenapavithra1@gmail.com

Tel. 0094112500433

 

 

Academic Qualifications

  • PhD 2021

    Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science

    Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

  • MA 2015

    Master of Arts in International Relations

    University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

  • BA (Hons) 2013

    Bachelor of Arts in International Relations

    University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

Professional Qualifications

Advanced Qualitative Research and Analysis in Education, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, 2017

Diploma in Intercultural Leadership, Swedish Institute, Sweden, 2016/2017

Certificate in Teaching in Higher education, Staff and Education Development Association (SEDA), England, 2015

Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education, Staff Development Centre, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2015

Certificate in Teaching International Humanitarian Law, Faculty of Law – University of Colombo and International Committee of the Red Cross, 2014

Executive Certificate in Project Management, Institute of Human Resource Advancement (IHRA), University of Colombo, 2012

Certificate in Human Resource Management, Charted Institute of Personal Management (CIPM), 2011

Certificate in Tamil Language, Institute of Human Resource Advancement (IHRA), University of Colombo, 2010

Diploma in Television Media, Sri Lanka Rupavahini (TV) Corparation, 2008/2009

 

Awards, Achievements and Academic Engagements

2021, April – August: The Second Annual Sri Lankan Summer School in Decolonial Thought – “Decolonising the Body” Organised by Goldsmiths College, University of London. Funded by The British Academy

2018/2019: Grant for PhD research work by Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

2018: Early Career Researchers’ workshop, Auckland, New Zealand. Funded by Jean Monnet Network: Policy, Politics, Culture: EU Migration and Integration

2017: PhD grant by National Centre for Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences (NCAS), Sri Lanka

2016/2017: Fully funded diploma and the leadership training of Young Connectors of the Future Program by Swedish Institute (Si), Sweden

2013: National delegate at the Commonwealth Youth Conference, Hambanthota, Sri Lanka

2012: Sri Lankan Assistant National Leader at the 24th Ship for World Youth Program by the Government of Japan and the United Nations University.