Dr. Rapti Siriwardane-de Zoysa

Country of current residence

Germany

Current position

Post-doctoral researcher

Current institute employer

Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology

Since

2015

Website current institute
Office address

Fahrenheitstraße 6 28359 Bremen Germany

Office phone

+49(0)42123800174

Office fax

+49(0)4212380030

Previous positions

- UNFCCC Secretariat (Carlo-Schmid placement) - National Youth Council, Singapore (Programme Development Executive) - CGIAR-WorldFish Center (junior scientist, Governance for Small-scale Fisheries, CGIAR-Canada Linkage Fund), Penang, Malaysia - Beyond Social Services (Research and Training Manager)

Awards

Recipient of the Tan Boon Khak Gold Medal for Sociology, National University of Singapore, Jan 2003 Offered Graduate Social Change Fellowship (merit-based award at 80% tuition remission) at the Department for International Development, Community and the Environment, Clark University (USA) for Masters research (approx. 25, 600 USD / 24, 100 EUR, Feb 2007 Offered a Graduate Fellowship at the Keller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, USA (approx. 11, 000 USD / 10, 300 EUR), Feb 2007 Wolfson College, Oxford fieldwork grant (500 GBP / 700 EUR), May 2008 DAAD Doctoral Fellowship (via BMZ), funded by BMZ (approx. 39, 000 EUR), Aug 2011 Fieldwork grant, Foundation Fiat Panis (900 EUR), Dr. Hermann Eiselen Ph.D. Grant for doctoral research on food security, May 2012 Carlo-Schmid Scholarship (via DAAD & Robert Bosch Foundation), Jan 2016

Professional memberships

OceanGov (Ocean Governance for Sustainability:Challenges, Options and the Role of Science, an EU COST Action network) Too Big to Ignore - Global Partnership for Small-scale Fisheries Research (TBTI) Oxford University Alumni Network DAAD Alumni Network Rural Economic and Community Development Organisation (RECDO, Sri Lanka (Advisory Board)

Skills

Mixed-methods ethnographic research; Participatory Learning in Action methodologies

Profession

Social Scientist

Specialisation

Environmental anthropology; Political ecology; policy analysis; grant application consultancy; development progamme monitoring and evaluation

Degrees / expertise

2015: DPhil in Development Studies/Political Science (summa cum laude), Center for Development Research, University of Bonn

2008: MSc. in Environmental Policy (first class), School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford, UK

2004: B.Soc.Sci in Sociology with Honours, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, National University of Singapore (NUS)

Minors: English Literature and Theatre Studies

Professional experience

2011: National Youth Council (Singapore)

2009: CGIAR- WorldFish Centre Headquarters (Penang, Malaysia)

2008: Transition Towns (Glastonbury & northern Cornwall, UK), MSc. dissertation collaboration

2004: Beyond Social Services (Singapore) & inter-agency secondments to the Cooperativa Cafe Timor & the Alola Foundation (Dili, Timor-Leste)

2000: Worldview International Foundation (Colombo, Sri Lanka)

1999-2015: Paid internships and short projects - UNFCCC secretariat, Bonn; International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Colombo; International Labour Organization (ILO), Colombo

2016

Schulz, K., and Siriwardane, R.. 2016. The Risk Frontier: Perceiving Social Transformations in Rural and Peri-urban West Africa through a Territorial Lens. In: J. Yaro (eds.): Adaptation to Climate Change and Variability in Rural West Africa . Berlin: Springer .

2015

Schulz, K., and Siriwardane, R.. 2015. Depoliticised and Technocratic? Normativity and the Politics of Transformative Adaptation. Earth System Governance Working Paper, No. 33 . (Open Access) Download [PDF | 264.14KB]
Further Information
Siriwardane, R.. 2015. 'Sambandam': Cooperation, Contestation and Coastal Lifeworlds in Postwar Sri Lanka. Doctoral thesis at Faculty of Arts, University of Bonn. Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bonn Further Information
Weerawardhana, C., and Siriwardane, R.. 2015. "Reis Mafia" in Colombo: Wahlkampf um das Präsidentenamt. Südasien, 35 (1), : 91-97. Download [PDF | 647.52KB]

2014

Schulz, K., and Siriwardane, R.. 2014. Normative or Transformative? Re-evaluating the paradoxes of localism and reliance in community-based adaptation thinking. Presented at the Norwich Conference on Earth Systems Governance: Access and Allocation in the Anthropocene, 1-3 July, 2014 (Norwich, UK) , .
Schulz, K., and Siriwardane, R.. 2014. Transformative discourses in climate change adaptation research: conceptual reflections on the role of localism and culture.. Presented at the Conference "Political Geographies of Development, Risk and Securitization", 30. Sep.- 2 Oct. 2014 (Bonn, Germany), .
Siriwardane, R. 2014. War, Migration and Modernity: The Micro-politics of the Hijab in Northeastern Sri Lanka. ZEF Working Paper, 127: 1-31. Download [PDF | 1.35MB]

2013

Siriwardane, R. and Abdeen, A.J. 2013. Re-cloaking the Abaya: The Politics of Public Veiling in Postwar Sri Lanka. presented at the panel: Religiöse Pluralität als Herausforderung für Religionen und Politik, 32nd German Oriental Studies Conference/Deutscher Orientalisentag, Münster, September 23-27, 2013, .
Siriwardane, R. and Winands, S.. 2013. Between hope and hype: Traditional knowledge(s) held by marginal communities. ZEF Working Paper, 115: 1-36. Further Information
Weeratunge, N., Béné, C., Siriwardane, R., Johnson, D., Nayak, P., Badjeck, M-C.. 2013. Small-scale fisheries through the wellbeing lens. Fish and Fisheries, 15 (2): 255-279. Further Information

2008

Siriwardane, R. 2008. Gendered subjectivities among low-impact eco-settlements in Southwest England, MSc. dissertation, Oxford Universiy. Thesis at School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford.

Forthcoming

Siriwardane, R.. Coastal Lifeworlds: Fishing , Cooperation and Contestation in Postwar Sri Lanka. Springer . Cham.

Research themes
  • Development Politics
  • Gender
  • Human Rights
Research countries
  • Sri Lanka
  • Malaysia
  • Singapore
Working groups

Development and Knowledge Sociology, Leibniz Center for Marine Tropical Ecology (Bremen, Germany)

Teaching

Critical Development Studies (in theory & practice); Environmental Anthropology; Political ecology; Life history research and narrative analysis; Visual ethnography

Professional experience

2011: National Youth Council (Singapore)

2009: CGIAR- WorldFish Centre Headquarters (Penang, Malaysia)

2008: Transition Towns (Glastonbury & northern Cornwall, UK), MSc. dissertation collaboration

2004: Beyond Social Services (Singapore) & inter-agency secondments to the Cooperativa Cafe Timor & the Alola Foundation (Dili, Timor-Leste)

2000: Worldview International Foundation (Colombo, Sri Lanka)

1999-2015: Paid internships and short projects - UNFCCC secretariat, Bonn; International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Colombo; International Labour Organization (ILO), Colombo

Degrees

2015: DPhil in Development Studies/Political Science (summa cum laude), Center for Development Research, University of Bonn

2008: MSc. in Environmental Policy (first class), School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford, UK

2004: B.Soc.Sci in Sociology with Honours, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, National University of Singapore (NUS)

Minors: English Literature and Theatre Studies

Rapti Siriwardane-de Zoysa

Former Junior Researcher

Private website:
http://www.rapti-siriwardane.net

Former Department:
ZEF A: Department of Political and Cultural Change

Office E-Mail:
rapti.siriwardane(at)zmt-bremen.de

Private E-Mail:
rapti.siriwardane(at)gmail.com