SLSNet- Newsletter

Volume II (Issue 1)  October 2005

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In Search of Excellence

  [ * ]  SLSSRC-South Asia Regional Fellowship Program: Winners from Sri Lanka

Three researchers from Sri Lanka, Oscar Amarasinghe, University of Ruhuna; Nalani Hennayake, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka and Jagath Munasinghe, University of Moratuwa are among the eighteen winners of the 2005/06 South Asia Regional Fellowship Program of the SSRC(USA). The general theme for this year was “ The Long 50s. 

SLSNET congratulates their achievement and also expects them to be a source of inspiration for their peers.

For more information visit:

South SARFP of SSRC is usually announced in early months of the year. Visit

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10th ICSLS Update

10th ICSLS organizers have received 225 abstracts for consideration for presentations. Proving the ICSSL tradition, paper submissions show diversity in subject disciplines as well as that of the institutional affiliation of contributors. Abstracts are being reviewed.

Organizing activities are handled by five sub-committees that are assigned the responsibility of different conference activities. Each sub-committee is chaired by a member of the national organizing committee while international advisory committee members from Sri Lanka also extend their fullest support to the 10th ICSLS Coordinator.  Registration details are now available at the conference homepage.

For more details visit 10th ICSLS Homepage

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Young Researchers’ Corner

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NSF-SL and CARP-SL Research Funding for 2006

National Science Foundation of Sri Lanka  and Council for Agricultural Research Policy  usually publish calls for research funding in national newspapers in November and December. Applications are closed in end of January. Keep your proposals handy and watch for news.

Visit NSF Website:
Visit fCARP Website:

[ * ] Graduate Training Opportunities:  German Academic Exchange Service

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is continuing its aid program for the areas in South Asia that were worst hit by the tsunami by introducing new scholarships to enable the training of experts about how best to act when a catastrophe hits. Supported financially by the German Foreign Office, the DAAD will be sponsoring stays in Germany for graduates, doctoral students and scientists from India, Indonesia, Thailand, and Sri Lanka who would like to carry out further studies or research in such fields as the geosciences, ecology, medicine and, crisis and conflict management. The deadline for applications for 2006 is 30th November 2005.  Also learn how they can help you in reaching your career goals.

German Academic Exchange Service Homepage:

Useful Books on Research Methods and Academic Writing

[ * ]  Research Methods in Social Sciences

Bridget Somekh and Cathy Lewin ( Manchester Metropolitan University)

December 2004
Sage (India): Vistar Imprint
ISBN: 8178294931

This comprehensive and wide-ranging volume brings together the experiences of leading researchers from across the social science disciplines. It discusses the process of social research, its design, its sponsorship, its funding, the role of the researcher, and the ethical issues with which she/he must engage. It also addresses the major theories relating to research methods and examines the different types of social research ranging from those of a fundamental kind to more applied and policy-focused work.

Publisher's Website:

[ * ]  The Academic’s Guide to Publishing

Rob Kitchin: National University of Ireland at Maynooth  and
Duncan Fuller:  University of Northumbria, Newcastle-upon-tyne, UK

This definitive guide to successfully publishing social science research demonstrates that completing a project is only the first phase of research. Dissemination is the second phase, and it requires specific skills and knowledge. The book explains the different ways in which research can be disseminated: in journals, books, reports, the Internet, popular media, and conferences; demonstrates how the structures, practices and procedures involved work—making them easily understood and transparent; and situates research in the larger and changing context of higher education.

Professor Rob Kitchin is the Director of the National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis of the National university of Ireland, Manooth and also Professor of Human Geography

Visit Prof. Kitchin’s academic homepage:

Dr. Duncan Fuller is Lecturer in Human Geography within the Division of Geography at Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.

Visit Dr. Fuller ’s academic homepage:

July 2005
Sage (India): Vistar Imprint
ISBN: 817829592X

Publisher's Website:

[ * ]  The Essential Guide to Doing Research

Zina O’Leary: University of Western Sydney

This book is a comprehensive and practical guide to understanding and embarking upon social science research. Adopting an accessible and logical approach, the book encourages students to understand, think about, and engage with every aspect of doing research.

It is based on the premise that just being able to make sense of, or even being a scholar of methods, is not enough to `do’ research. The author stresses that all good research is a `thinking game’ and that research needs to be accompanied by a constant assessment of one’s work with a view to making the best possible decisions for obtaining credible data and trustworthy results. To that end she invites readers to think for themselves about the research methods that are best suited to their project.

July 2004
Sage (India): Vistar Imprint
ISBN: 8178294923

Publisher's Website:

[ * ]  Your Research Project: A Step-by-Step Guide for the First-Time Researcher  ( 2 Ed.)

Nicholas S R Williman: Oxford Brookes University

This new edition of a bestselling book even better with the addition of a number of new features whilst retaining all the benefits of the original. Will be a very useful guide to understand the research process and lay the foundations for a new research.

Chapters include: Research and the Research Problem,  Information, and How to Deal with It, Types of Research, Nature and Use of Argument, More about the Nature of Research, Research Quality and Planning, Research Methods, Honesty and Research Ethics, Preparing the Research Proposal and Starting to Write.

June 2005
Sage (India): Vistar Imprint
ISBN: 8178295407

Publisher's Website:

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Resources for Researchers

[ * ] Modern Sri Lanka Studies: A Journal of the Social Sciences

Modern Sri Lanka Studies: A Journal of the Social Sciences is a journal of contemporary work in Social Sciences in Sri Lanka.  The publication of this well known journal is being reviewed.   The journal based at the University of Peradeniya had its last issue in 1997.

MSLS publishes articles on current research and theoretical developments on any discipline within Social Sciences related to Sri Lanka.  It aims an international audience. Articles relating to Humanities will also be considered for publication provided that they have shown their relevance and applicability to the Social Sciences.  Reviews of articles published in other journals and  reviews on contemporary books on Sri Lanka are also considered for publication. All articles/review articles/book reviews will be reviewed by a member of the editorial board and two outside experts in the relevant fields. 

Paper submission guidelines:
Please make e-mail inquiries through

[ * ]  Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program

Each year some 800 faculty and professionals from around the world receive Fulbright Scholar grants for advanced research and university lecturing in the United States.
Individuals who meet the eligibility requirements apply for grants through the Fulbright commission/ of Sri Lanka.

Read more about Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program. visit:

[ * ]  Ethnic Studies Report Past Issues Now Online

The Ethnic Studies Report (ESR), an internationally-circulated research journal on ethnicity, ethnic conflict and related issues is produced in January and July every year and is in its 18th year of publication. The ESR is abstracted in International Political Science Abstracts, Sociological Abstracts, PAIS International in Print and ICSSR Journal of Abstracts and Reviews. Past issues of ESR (1997-2002) is currently available for downloading as PDF files.

Visit ESR Homepage :

International Center for Ethnic Studies Homepage:

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Teaching and Learning Resources

[ * ] Humanities Net

H-Net is an international interdisciplinary organization of scholars and teachers dedicated to developing the enormous educational potential of the Internet and the World Wide Web. H-Net is based at the Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online,  Michigan State University. The site offers a guide to edited websites that publish  web sites publish peer reviewed essays, multimedia materials, and discussion for colleagues and the interested public.

Humanities Net Homepage:

[ * ]  Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Since September, 1995, this resource is managed by the Metaphysics Research Lab of the Center for study of Language and Information, Stanford University,  USA. The site adopts the principle of dynamic reference work, and each entry is maintained and kept up to date by an expert or group of experts in the field. All entries and updates are refereed by the editors before they are available to the public. The main site in the US is accompanied by three mirror sites in Australia, the UK, and the Netherlands.


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Organizational Profile

[ * ] Wayamba University of Sri Lanka

Wayamba University of Sri Lanka belongs to the third wave of building blocks to the national university system in Sri Lanka. In early 1990s affiliated university colleges were established to improve access to education at the regional level and to offer a curricula that suits more to the modern world. Northwestern Province Affiliated University College was upgraded to the university status in 1996 as the Wayamba Campus of the Rajarata University and was offered independent university status in 1999.
Wayamba University today has four faculties, Agriculture and Plantation Management, Livestock. Fisheries and Nutrition, Business Studies and Finance and Applied Sciences. The university has focused its research capacity to solve  problems in the area showing how a community can benefit by closer access to a university.

Recently launched Wayamba University Homepage:

 [ * ] British Association of South Asian Studies

The British Association of South Asian Studies (BASAS) is a professional association for scholars working on countries of South Asia and South Asian Diaspora.  Membership includes academics in British universities and others who are interested in the region.  Since 1987, BASAS organized an annual conference on South Asia. And publishes BASAS Bulletin Newsletter to disseminates current news. BAS has installed annual Nirman Foundation Lecture on topics of key interest and also awards a prize to the best student paper presented at its annual conference. The journal, Contemporary South Asia publishes its annual BASAS issue since 2003.

BASAS Homepage:

[ * ]  University of New England Asia Centre (UNEAC)

Established in July 1992, the University of New England Asia Centre (UNEAC) recognizes the long and extensive expertise and experience of Asia within the UNE.  The center closely works with the Asia Studies Program of the university and facilitates teaching and research on Asia.  The center also offers scholars of Asia from other institutions formal academic attachment as affiliated fellows, also manages UNEAC Research Fellowship aimed at attracting to the Centre sabbatical and other visiting scholars working on Asia facilitating stays upto three months. UNEAC Asia Papers is a peer reviewed electronic journal publishing recent research on Asia.

The center’s current activities includes coordination of  “ SouthAsiaNet” , an electronic focal point on academic activities on South Asia and plays a key role in the South Asian Studies Association of Australia (SASA), and its refereed journal, South Asia.

Visit UNEAC Homepage:

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Conference Announcements

[ * ]  Eighth International Meeting of the Society for Social Choice and Welfare.

13 -17 July 2006, Istanbul, Turkey.

The conference solicits papers in all areas related to the ethical and positive aspects of welfare economics and collective choice theory. Co-authored papers should be submitted by the author who intends to present the paper. Please note that each participant may present at most one paper in the contributed sessions. Papers or extended abstracts must be submitted before March 15, 2006, through the electronic submissions page of the conference website.

Conference Homepage:

[ * ]  The 19th European Conference on Modern South Asian Studies (ECMSAS)

27–30 June 2006 in Leiden, the Netherlands.

The conference will be hosted by the Department of South Asian Studies at Leiden University with organizational assistance from the International Institute of Asian Studies (IIAS).  The organizers has approved 39 panels approved and there is a chance os new panels accepted. Deadline for sending abstract is 1 March 2006, and a limited number of travel grants will be available for paper presenters and/or panel organizers from developing countries.

More details:

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New Publications on Sri Lanka

[ * ]   After the Tsunami: Human Rights of Vulnerable Populations

Laurel E. Fletcher, Eric Stover, and Harvey M. Weinstein (eds.)

Publisher: Berkeley: Human Rights Center, University of California, Berkeley
And Honolulu: East-West Center
Publish Date: October 2005
ISBN: 0-9760677-1-4

After the Tsunami: Human Rights of Vulnerable Populations is based on interviews conducted by research teams in March and April 2005 with hundreds of tsunami survivors, government officials, human rights activists, and aid workers in five tsunami-affected countries—India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, and Thailand.

(Available for downloading free of charge)

Publisher's Website:

Chapter on Sri Lanka

 Download at:

[ * ]    Balancing Irrigation and Hydropower: A Case Study from Southern Sri Lanka

Molle, F.; Jayakody, P.; Ariyaratne, R.; Somatilake, H. S.

Construction of Samanalawewa Reservoir and diversion of water from the main river course of Walawe River for power generation has led to a conflict between the farmers of Kaltota Irigation Scheme and the Ceylon Electricity Board. This study analyses the conflict and proposes solutions for better use of water.

Research Report 94
International Water Management Institute (IWMI).
Colombo, Sri Lanka:

ISSN 1026-0862
ISBN 92 9090 607 3

Full Paper (PDF format) :

[ * ]    Locating the Poor: Spatially Disaggregated Poverty Maps for Sri Lanka.

Amarasinghe, U.A.;  Samad, M.; Anputhas, M.

The study generates poverty maps for Sri Lanka at sub-district level to identify the poor and their locations and demonstrates the use of poverty maps in understanding causes of poverty and in geographical targeting of poverty-alleviation interventions.

Research Report 96
International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
Colombo, Sri Lanka:

ISSN 1026-0862
ISBN 92 9090 617 0

Full Paper (PDF format) :

[ * ]    Input Output Tables for Sri Lanka - 2000

D. Amarasinghe and Jayatilleke S. Bandara

This publication contains: the Input-Output table of the Sri Lankan economy for the year 2000 at producer prices, the inverse of the basic Input-Output Table, a separate import matrix, a detailed procedure of compilation of Input-Output tables, reconciliation of Input-Output tables with the Sri Lankan National Accounts and also offers a description of the economy in the year 2000.

June 2005
Institute of Policy Studies of Sri lanka
Macroeconomic Policy Series No. 16,

Publisher's Website:

[ * ]    Sri Lanka 's National Accounts 1950 – 2002

Terrence Savundranayagam

This study fills a vacuum in the available estimates of National Accounts by presenting a long term comparable series of Gross National Product and Gross National Expenditure measured at both current and constant prices. In addition, it presents for the first time, long term estimates of important components of the National Accounts such as Capital Formation, Consumption and Savings, while setting out and evaluating the sources and methods used in the estimates.

May 2005
Institute of Policy Studies of Sri lanka
Macroeconomic Policy Series No. 15,

Publisher's Website:

[ * ]    An Overview of the External Debt Situation in Sri Lanka

Palitha Pathberiya and Albert Wijeweera

Outstanding external debt of Sri Lanka has mounted to a staggering level of US$ 10 billion in 2003. Using data from the last five decades, this paper suggests that the capacity to service external debt is becoming a difficult task in the face of deteriorating terms of trade, mounting current account deficit, depreciating local currency value, heavy dependency on imports and tightening borrowing conditions. Authors also find that Sri Lanka should not be too complacent about its external debt situation although it has received much needed foreign debt assistance in the form of debt write offs and debt moratoriums from its creditors after tsunami in December 2004.

UNEAC Asia Paper 9

Full Paper (PDF format) :

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