Kavindra Paranage is a PhD Candidate in Sociology at Monash University. His research focuses on Sri Lanka, engaging with a broad range of theoretical and ethnographic issues related to development in irrigated-agriculture. These include the politics of development in irrigation projects, regulatory failures occurring in the schemes of irrigated-agriculture, and the place of expert knowledge and trusteeship in the development schematic. Kavindra obtained honours degrees both in Sociology and Law, and in 2017 received MIPRS and MGS scholarships for his Doctoral Candidature. He has also served as a lecturer at the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka and has presented his work at numerous national and international conferences.
Exploring the concept of “development” in Sri Lanka’s irrigation projects
development, irrigation, regulation, ethnography
Kavindra’s PhD project examines the politics of development in irrigation projects, regulatory failures occurring in the context of irrigated-agriculture, and the place of expert knowledge and trusteeship. Running through much of these topics is an overarching concern with how discourses organized around concepts such as “development” and “modernity” interact with the lives of ordinary people.