Dr Kanchana Ruwanpura

Published: 6 Oct 2016


Dr Kanchana Ruwanpura is a Senior Lecturer in Human Geography in the School of Geosciences. While a dual citizen (British-Sri Lanka), as a native of Sri Lanka, Dr. Ruwanpura’s primary focus of research has been on gender, ethnicity and conflict, post-disaster politics, and more recently labour politics, focussing on Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Her research spans three broad themes: a) the diversity of lived and structured spaces which focus on the connections between ethno-nationalism, post-disaster, materiality and the environment; b) the convergence and divergence of global governance regimes as everyday experiences for labour; and c) connections between civil society initiatives and uneven development processes. During her time working with the International Labor Office (Geneva, Switzerland), she was on mission in Bangladesh for an extended period of time.