Gender and Freedom of Association in Post-War Sri Lanka

Researcher Profile: Dr Samanthi Gunawardanasamanthi-profile

Project Title: Gender and Freedom of Association in Post-War Sri Lanka


Brief description of the research project: Monash Gender & Peace Security (GPS) is a group of policy and community engaged scholars whose research is focused in the field of gender, peace and security. We seek to use our research to inform scholarly debate, policy development and implementation, public understanding about the gendered politics of armed conflict and the search for peace. As the world faces multiple challenges in seeking to prevent and bring an end to conflict, Monash GPS provides the research data, analysis and frameworks for ensuring that these efforts include a gender perspective. In addition to research and academic publications, Monash GPS staff engage in undergraduate and graduate teaching and post-graduate supervision, community based activities, research and advocacy-based collaboration with civil society and industry partners, and formal consultation with governments and government agencies.

Position description/Role of intern:

This internship will involve desk and field based research with Dr Samanthi Gunawardana, in Australia and Sri Lanka. The research project looks at labour-intensive economic initiatives in post-war Sri Lanka, the inclusion of women, and freedom of association for workers in Western, Southern, and Northern Provinces.

The timeline of activities with be as follows:

  • desk research in late November- early December 2016 (Melbourne)
  • fieldwork January 2017 (Sri Lanka)
  • transcribing and wrap up in February 2017 (flexible location).

The internship will be of relevance to students who are interested in one or more of the following (a) post-war economic development (b) gender and pathways to empowerment (c) global supply chains, gender and economic development (d) political rights (e) social movements in post-war contexts (f) Sri Lankan history and development.

Key duties/deliverables:

  • Produce a desk based literature review in December.
  • Manage research itineraries and work with local partners to organise bookings, travel, interviews and focus groups.
  • Where applicable, work with Dr Gunawardana to interview research participants, and with her mentoring, run focus group discussions.
  • Take observation notes
  • Transcribe interviews where applicable
  • Photography where relevant and ethical.
  • Assist with the management of electronic files and knowledge management

Any special requirements/comments: Language competency in Tamil and/or Sinhala is necessary for students conducting fieldwork. 

Work Location: Clayton Campus and Sri Lanka

Estimated hours: 288 hours

Student Type: Postgraduate

Approximate start and end date: November 21st 2016- February 15th 2017

Available Places: 2