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Research Staff

Muragala | Centre for Progressive Politics & Policy is a research collective which aims to generate ideas, enrich the discourse, and mobilise social action to create more equal and equitable societies in Sri Lanka and the region.

Harindra B. Dassanayake
Senior Analyst and Co-Founder


Mr Harindra B. Dassanayake is a senior researcher, policy analyst and visiting lecturer based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Formerly he was employed as Director (2015-2019, Research, Presidential Secretariat/Member – Gramashakthi National Advisory Council), Director (2012-2015), Department of Official Languages), and Head of Translations and Publications, & Research Coordinator (2008-2011, Colombo Institute for Advanced Study of Society and Culture). He was also a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Kelaniya, University of Colombo, and University of Peradeniya. He received a B.A. General Degree with Second Class Honours (Upper Division) at the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka; an MA in Development Studies and Public Policy at the Open University of Sri Lanka; and an MSSC in Philosophy at the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka.

Nuwani Rathugama
Research Analyst


Ms Nuwani N. Rathugama’s research interests lie in human rights, transitional justice and international humanitarian law. She was a research assistant at the School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast, UK, researching on good practices of gender equality across the UK universities to suggest recommendations for Queen’s School of Law (December 2022- June 2023). She was attached to the United Nations as a Project Support Associate, based at the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka from 2019-2022. Nuwani has an LLM in International Human Rights Law from Queen’s University Belfast, UK, MA in Human Rights and Democratisation from the Centre for the Study of Human Rights, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka and an LLB (Hons) from the Faculty of Law, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. She is also an Attorney-at-Law of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka.

Manuja Wijesuriya
Research Assistant


Ms Manuja Wijesuriya is a final-year Geography student at the University of Peradeniya, with a particular interest in human geography and social sciences. Her primary focus is on Cyberspace and Social Movements, serving as the core of her final year dissertation. She is eager to explore the dynamics of current social issues, especially in South Asian countries, and seek practical solutions through empirical research.

Nethmi Rajawasam
Research Assistant


Ms Nethmi Rajawasam is reading for a B.A. (Hons) in English and TESOL, Linguistics at Coventry University. She has a Diploma in Journalism from Sri Lanka College of Journalism. She has worked in various capacities as a journalist and content writer, including in Economy Next, Echelon, Surge Global, and Daily FT. She has an avid interest in writing content that influences thought and decision-making and has proactively worked with industry experts.

Akeedha Bhanu
Research Assistant


Ms Akeedha Banu Nilavudeen is an undergraduate student pursuing a BA (Hons.) in Geography at the University of Peradeniya. She has a strong passion for social science research and a desire to contribute to meaningful initiatives. Her past work experience includes freelance translating, and volunteering at Sisterhood Initiative and Search for Common Ground.

Hashini de Silva
Research Assistant

Hashini de Silva is a recent graduate of Social Sciences from General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University. Her interest in sociology, anthropology, and South Asian studies has deepened her understanding of cultural dynamics and social structures, enriching her analytical skills and broadening her perspective on diverse societal issues. She also loves volunteering to help the needy, as she has a strong desire to make a positive impact on her community. She is the only awardee of the Global UGRAD Exchange program in Fall of 2023 from Sri Lanka and has also been an awardee of the Sakura Science Exchange Program in Japan. Having worked as an intern at Verite Research and a researcher/media coordinator at the Centre for Monitoring Election Violence, she has a keen interest in the works of further research in areas that are crucial for mankind.

Research Advisors

Muragala | Centre for Progressive Politics & Policy is a research collective which aims to generate ideas, enrich the discourse, and mobilise social action to create more equal and equitable societies in Sri Lanka and the region.

Shreya Singh
Research Associate


Dr Shreya Singh is an academic researcher and consultant with research expertise in visual politics, nuclear weapons, and national identity, grounded in the politics of India. Her PhD is titled, ‘Visualising India’s Nuclear Tests: How Images Shape National Identity’. It examines how influential domestic media sources represented India’s nuclear tests and what consequences follow from these representations. She was conferred her PhD from the University of Queensland, Australia in 2022 under the supervision of Professor Roland Bleiker, Professor Ian Hall and A/Professor Marianne Hanson. Dr Singh was a consultant for a project by Lex International, a Swiss research organization, on the visual narratives of the nuclear weapons’ threat in the Russia-Ukraine War in 2022. She is a research team member of ‘Abolitionist Approaches to Critical Geographical Research’, a multi-country research grant awarded by the Institute of Human Geography. Her work looks at the Anti-CAA protests that erupted all through India in 2019-2020, with a focus on gender and the visual politics of space. She is currently working as an advocacy and learning resources officer for a medical device company in Brisbane, Australia.