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Senior lecturer,
Department of Sociology, University of Peradeniya,
Sri Lanka

Mr Thushara Kamalrathne

Thushara Kamalrathne is a senior lecturer in Sociology attached to the Department of Sociology, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. He has been serving in the department since 2007 as an academic member. Thushara has been the deputy coordinator of the IRQUE/SAKTI Project which was funded by the World Bank from 2007 to 2010, at the Department of Sociology, University of Peradeniya. Thushara is a researcher at the Global Disaster Resilience Centre, University of Huddersfield. Currently, he is reading his Ph.D. at the Global Disaster Resilience Centre, School of Applied Sciences, University of Huddersfield, UK, under the supervision of Prof Dilanthi Amaratunga and Prof Richard Haigh. His research aims on developing an effective community-based approach in pandemic preparedness and response in the context of multi-hazard.

Thushara completed his MPhil in Sociology in 2015 at the Post Graduate Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences (PGIHS), University of Peradeniya. His MPhil research was on social determinants of child malnutrition in the estate sector in Sri Lanka. He holds a first-class degree in Bachelor of Arts, Sociology, at the faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya which was awarded in 2006. Further to his academic career, Thushara was appointed as a member of the Central Province Cooperative Employees Commission which is a three-member half judiciary commission, by the government of Sri Lanka and he served in the commission for more than 10 years from 2009 to 2020. Thushara contributed to a project funded by the Erasmus + Programme of the European Union called CABARET- Capacity Building in Asia for Resilience Education, as a member of the project team. The project aimed at building capacities among higher education institutions in Asia (Region 6) strengthening research and innovation capacity for the development of societal resilience to disasters.

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