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Senior Research Professionals

Anupama Ranawana, Ph.D (Aberdeen)
Senior Research Professional

Anupama's doctoral work focused on religious political thought in the global political economy. She has  over eight years of research experience in both academic and policy based work.  Anupama's experience also spans the local and the global, having worked for organisations such as Oxfam GB and Caritas Canada, as well as the Centre for Policy Alternatives, Sri Lanka.  At the university level, she has taught courses on International Political Economy, Democracy and Conflict, Theories of International Relations and on Religion and International Development. Her research, teaching and professional experience has involved her in projects that have examined the following topics: faith and climate change,  civil society in developing contexts, transitional justice, peacebuilding and reconciliation, international development, critical political economy, gender and development,  postcolonial and decolonial approaches to the political economy. At CEPA, Anupama is part of the post-war development and migration thematic research  team.
Areas of Research Interest: Feminist Research Methods, Decolonial Thought, Critical Political Economy, Religious Political Thought, Liberation Theology, Peacebuilding and Reconciliation, Transitional Justice, International Development.

M. A. Mohamed Munas, Ph.D Candidate (Radboud University, Nijmegen)
Senior Research Professional

Munas is a doctoral candidate at Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands. His doctoral research looks at complexities of diaspora engagement in post-war communities, with special focus on the Northern and Eastern parts of Sri Lanka. Munas received his Master's Degree in Economics from the University of Colombo and read for his Bachelor's Degree in Agriculture at the University of Peradeniya. Munas's research work focuses on poverty, conflict, fisheries, migration and diaspora issues. He has also conducted mid-term and ex-post evaluations of several development projects in conflict-affected areas of Sri Lanka. He currently leads the Migration thematic at CEPA and task manages a three-year research and policy programme that focuses on new forms of diaspora and private sector engagement for post-war development, reconciliation and sustainable peace in Sri Lanka. 

Chaturanga Weerasekera, MLS (Colombo)
Senior Professional/Librarian

Chaturanga is a Chartered Librarian with over 20 years of professional experience in knowledge dissemination and Resource Centre management. She obtained her Master’s in Library and Information Sciences at the National Institute of Library and Information Science (NILIS), University of Colombo. Her dissertation focused on the challenges faced by authors when publishing in peer-reviewed journals. She is responsible for the overall function of the CEPA Resource Centre, including the physical and digital libraries and dissemination of CEPA publications. She coordinates dialogue and exchange events, such as the Book Club, Film Club, guest talks and various other information sharing programmes. Areas of interest: Digital Libraries, Institutional Repositories, Open Access Sources, Green and Gold Models, Digital Scholarship, Scholarly Publishing, Peer-Review Standards and Guidelines, Copyright Law