Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

University of Ruhuna

Upali Pannilage (Dr.)

Senior Lecturer/ Dean of the Faculty

Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
University of Ruhuna
Matara 81000
Sri Lanka

Phone: +94 717427156

Email: pannila@hotmail.com

Biography:

Dr. Upali Pannilage is the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Ruhuna. He was the Head of the Department of Sociology for three years and worked as a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Sociology for eight years. He worked as a Programme Manager and a Sociologist at a UK based international development agency for 18 years and obtained experience in the areas of social research, project management, monitoring and evaluation. Currently, he manages an international project on Strengthening Research, Education and Advocacy in Conflict, Peace and Development Studies, and coordinates the MA programme in Peace and Development Studies. Dr. Pannilage's academic contribution covers the fields of Sociology of Development, Research Methods, Conflict, and Peace Studies, Gender and Development, Rural Sociology, Social Issues, Globalization, Project Management and Community Development. He has authored, edited and published many books, book chapters, journal articles, abstracts and full papers.

Qualifications:

  • PhD (Ruhuna)
  • MPhil (Ruhuna)
  • PG. Dip. (Colombo)
  • BA (Hons) (Ruhuna)

Specialized fields and teaching areas:

Globalization, Sociology of Development, Social Science Research

Research Areas:

Social Issues, Gender, Community Development

Publications:

Journal publications

Journal Articles
  • Pannilage,U. (2017). Impact of Family on Children’s Wellbeing. Journal of Sociology and Social Work. Vol 5 (1),149-158.

  • Pannilage,U. (2017). Effect of Transnational Interventions of Alienation and Bureaucratization on Village Life. International Journal of Scientific Research and Innovative Technology. Vol 4(6), 26-38.

  • Pannilage,U. (2017). A Socio-economic Analysis on the Gender Wage Gap among Agricultural Laborers in Rural Sri Lanka. American Scientific Research Journal for Engineering, Technology, and Sciences (ASRJETS), 30(1), 338-350.

  • Pannilage, U. ( 2017). An Introduction to the Theoretical Perspectives of Globalisation. Journal of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Ruhuna.

  • Abeyrathne., U, Pannilage, U, Ranawaka ., N (2017) Authoritarian Trends and their Continuity in Sri Lankan Politics: A Study of Operationalizing of Authoritarianism from 2005- 2015 Period. African Journal of Political Science and International Relations, Vol 11(1): 6-12 January 2017
  • Pannilage,U., Gunawardena., C. (2016). Military war widows in post-war Sri Lanka. Journal of Conflict, Peace and Development Studies, Tribhuvan University, Nepal Vol 2 No 1: 1- 13.

  • Pannilage, U. ( 2016) Globalisation and Construction of Local Culture in Rural Sri Lanka. Journal on Sociology Study 6(7): 448-461 July 2016, David Publishing, USA.

  • Pushpakumara , M.J. Rajapaksha, C, Pannilage, U., (2016) A Sri Lankan Development Communication Model: Use of Traditional Forms of Communication. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly 6(8):427-454 · August 2016, David Publishing, USA.

  • Pannilage, U. ( 2015). The Post-conflict Rebuilding Process of Sri Lanka : A Content Analysis of Issues, Challenges and Lessons Learnt. Journal of Conflict, Peace and Development Studies, Tribhuvan University, Nepal. Vol 1 (1): 11- 28.

  • Pannilage, U. (2015). Excluding the Worthy: Need of participation of Marginalised in the decision making process. In Humanities and Social Sciences Review (E-Journal), Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Ruhuna , 2(2) ,86-98.

  • Pannilage U.(2013). Strengthening Good Governance in the Local Government System of Sri Lanka (Sinhala), in Prathimana. A Journal of the Department of Sociology, University of Ruhuna, Vol.08 ,168-193.

Conference publications

Full papers
  • Pannilage, U., ( 2017) Prejudices based discriminations encounted by women war widows. Papers on Peace, Reconciliation and Development Challenges. University of Ruhuna.

  • Pannilage, U. (2010). Access and mobility of rural women; Role of transport infrastructure in changing gender relations – Proceedings of the international workshop on Gender, Economic Integration, and Cross-border Road Infrastructure Development: Poverty and Mobility in the Context of Asia, AIT Conference Center, Thailand.

  • Pannilage, U. (2003). Capacity Building for Effective Delivery of Infrastructure Services– Proceedings of the forum on Pro-poor Delivery of Rural Infrastructure Services: The challenge of decentralization, ILO, ASIST-AP, Bangkok – November 2003.

Abstracts
  • Pannilage,U., Gunawardena., C. (2017). Experiences of Living alone: Perspective of mmilitary war widows of post-war Sri Lankan society. Proceedings of the 03rd International conference of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Ruhuna.

  • Pannilage, U., Athukorala, L.A.D. (2015). Leisure and Social Relations in the Beach Park area of the Matara City in Sri Lanka. Proceedings of the 13th Academic Session, University of Ruhuna.

  • Pannilage, U. (2015). Social Impact of Globalisation in a Rural Village in Sri Lanka. Proceedings of the International Conference on Post-Colonial Societies in Transition, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Ruhuna.

  • Pannilage, U. Epa., P.H., Devika, N. (2015). Socio-economic and cultural factors when finding out life partners in Sri Lanka. Proceedings of the International Conference on Post-Colonial Societies in Transition, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Ruhuna.

  • Pannilage, U. (2014). ‘Including the Excluded: Integrating People with Disabilities into the Mainstream Society’. Symposium on Exploring Disability: Towards an Inclusive Society. The Centre for Disability Research, Education and Practice (CDREP) Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo.

  • Pannilage, U., & Nilima, Rai. (2014). Socio- Economic Issues of Ex-women Combatants in the Context of Post conflict Sri Lanka. Proceedings of the 11th Academic Session, University of Ruhuna.

  • Amarasinghe, S.W., Pannilage U., Wijepala. U.S. (2014). Causes of child sexual abuses in Matara District, Sri Lanka. Proceedings of the Annual Academic Session-2014- University of Ruhuna.

  • Pannilage, U. (2013). Role of family as a social institution on children’s wellbeing. Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Social Sciences, the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka.
  • Pannilage, U. (2013). Villagers Participation in Governing Rural Development- Proceedings of the International Symposium on Community Governance Practices, Hilton Residence Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  • Chandradasa, A. M., & Pannilage U. (2013). The Gender pay gap among Laboures in the informal agricultural sector in Southern Dry Zone in Sri Lanka. Proceedings of the 10th Academic Session, University of Ruhuna.
  • Pannilage, U. (2010). Women’s Participation in Rural Development. Proceedings of the 12th International Cconference on Sri Lankan Studies, the Open University of Sri Lanka.

  • Pannilage, U. (2003). Community Governance in Rural Development. Proceedings of the 09th international conference on Sri Lankan studies, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka.

  • Pannilage, U. (2000). Community Participation in Village Roads Construction and Maintenance. Proceedings of the international Seminar on Accessibility Planning & Rural Development. Brilla Institute for Technology & Science,Rajasthan, India.

  • Pannilage, U. (1996). Strategies for Integrating Cycle Based Transport Modes in the Rural Transport System of Sri Lanka: Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference and Exhibition “Cycles: an Option for the 21st Century” Havana, Cuba.
Books
  • Pannilage, U.(2013). Role of Women in Rural Development, Gamana Guarantee Ltd, Colombo.ISBN: 978-955-5280-20-4
  • Pannilage, U. (2012). Disability, Poverty and Social Exclusion, Development with Disabled Network, Colombo.ISBN:978-955-4683-00-6
Book chapters
  • Pannilage, U. (2014). Villagers’ participation in governing rural development. In Community Governance Practices, Practical Action, Colombo. ISBN: 978-955-9417-67-5
  • Pannilage, U. (2012). 15. Role of transport infrastructure in changing gender relations in rural Sri Lanka. In K. Kusakabe (Ed.), Gender, Roads, and Mobility in Asia (pp. 27-50). Practical Action Publishing, U.K. ISBN-: 978 1 85339 734 9
  • Pannilage,U.(2008).Community Participation in Transport Infrastructure Management. In Community Based Rural Transport Interventions, Practical Action, Sri Lanka. ISBN:978-955-9417-42-2
  • Pannilage, U., & Wettasinghe, K. (2002). Cash Crops and Transport: Cashew growing and processing, in “Balancing the load” Women Gender and Transport, Zed Books, London and New York. ISBN: 1 85649 981 2 Hb
Editorial

Editing of collections of essays and books
  • Pannilage, U. (2017). (Eds) Post-war Peace Building and Development in Sri Lanka, University of Ruhuna, Matara. ISBN 978-955-1507-52-7
  • Pannilage, U. (2014). (Ed) Community Governance Practices, Practical Action, Colombo. ISBN: 978-955-9417-67-5

  • Pannilage, U. (2014). (Ed) Praja Palana magazine (Vol 14) published by Gamana Guarantee Ltd, Colombo. ISBN: 978-955-4564-00-08

  • Pannilage, U., & De Silva, Prajapa. (Ed) (2007). Community Based Rural Transport Interventions, Practical Action, Sri Lanka. ISBN: 978-955-9417-42-2.

Editing of classical work/ book reviews
  • Pannilage, U, Fonseka, E.A.G, Disanayake P.K.M. (2017) (Ed) Avenues: Papers of the International Conference on Peace, Reconciliation and Development Challenges , Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences University of Ruhuna.

  • Fonseka, E.A.G, Pannilage, U., Abeyrathne, G.D.R.U. (2015) (Ed) Proceedings of the International Conference on Post-Colonial Societies in Transition, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Ruhuna.

  • Fonseka, E.A.G, Pannilage, U, Disanayake P.K.M. (2016) (Ed) Proceedings of the International Conference on Peace, Reconciliation and Development Challenges , Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences University of Ruhuna.

  • Pannilage, U.( 2015) (Ed) Krushikarmika ha diewara Prajawage samaja Arthika Janajeevithaya (Socio-economic livelihoods of Fisheries and Agricultural Communities). National Institute of Social Development, Colombo.

  • Subedi ,H.R., Pannilage, U, Chatterjee, S . N .,( 2015) (Ed) Journal of Conflict, Peace and Development Studies, Tribhuvan University, Nepal Vol 1 (1).

  • Subedi ,H.R., Pannilage, U, Chatterjee, S . N .,( 2016) (Ed) Journal of Conflict, Peace and Development Studies, Tribhuvan University, Nepal, Vol 2 (1).

Invited keynote talks and seminar presentations

Orations and presidential addresses
  • Key note address – Thematic Session on including the excluded. International Symposium on Community Governance Practices (2013).Hilton Residence, Colombo. Concept Paper available at http://www.care.lk/iscgp/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/01-upali_pannilage-iscgp_2013-s2-paper.pdf

  • Key note address - Yahapath Purawarayak Sandaha Karyakshama Sevavak (Efficient Services for a Better City). Forum of the members of the Sri Jayawardenapura Municipality, Palm Village Hotel, Uswetakeiyawa, Wattala, 19 July 2012.

  • Key Note Address – Annual Conference of World Federation of Teachers’ Union, Sri Lanka Foundation Institute, Colombo- 15th October 2011. Presentation Available at-http://www.slideshare.net/Pannilau/education-a-path-to-social-development

  • Panelists of a round table discussion of the Global Agro Industries Forum (2008) New Delhi, India. 09th April 2008-Details available at - ftp://ftp.fao.org/docrep/fao/011/i0354e/i0354e01.pdf

  • Key Note Address- International workshop on Community Participation in Transport Management- Making Rural Sustainability Happen, Cajamarka, Peru. 4th April 2005.

Other Presentations
  • Pannilage, U. ( 2015). Issues and Challenges of Post-conflict Rebuilding : The Sri Lankan Experiences. Presented at the International Workshop on Post-conflict Peace building Strategies: Issues on Governance and Development in Emerging Democracies. Department of Conflict, Peace and Development Studies, Tribhuvan University, Nepal- 18th – 20th March 2015.
  • Pannilage, U. (2012). “External Factors that Contribute to the Vulnerability of Mental Health in Children” at the National Workshop of Basic Needs Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Foundation Institute, Colombo on 16th February 2012.
  • Pannilage, U. (2010). Governance and Development: The Sri Lankan Experiences. Presented at the International Seminar on Federalism: Challenges and Opportunities in Nepal – 30th January 2010, Kathmandua, Nepal.
  • Pannilage, U. (2010). Gender Sensitivity in Community Governance presented at the workshop organized by Indian Institute of Education and Care, Bhubaneswar, India- 05th April 2010.
  • Pannilage, U. (2010). Gender Sensitivity in Community Governance presented at the workshop organized by Orissa State Volunteers and Social Workers Association, Bhubaneswar, India- 30th March 2010.
  • Pannilage, U. (2010). Gender Approach in Community Governance Mechanisms presented at the workshop organized by Society for Women Action Development, Bhubaneswar, India- 4th April 2010.
  • Pannilage, U. (2003). “Making Sustainable Happened”; From Theory to Practice. International Conference on Sustainable Development and Management of Natural Resources, 2003, Thirichirappalli, India.