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Maithree Wickramasinghe


Maithree Wickramasinghe (PhD) is Professor of English at the Department of English and was the founding Director of the Centre for Gender Studies at the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. She is also a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Higher Education and Equity Research (CHEER), University of Sussex, United Kingdom.


Her work spans a number of subjects/disciplines as evinced by her numerous publications which include Towards Gender Equity / Equality: A Scan of Gender Sensitive Laws, Policies and Programs (2012), Feminist Research Methodology – Making Meanings of Meaning Making (2010), Beyond Glass Ceilings and Brick Walls – Gender at the Workplace co-authored with Wijaya Jayatilake (2006), Gender Dimensions in Disaster Management co-authored with Madhavi Malalgoda Ariyabandhu (2003/2005) (translated into Urdhu, Hindi, Tamil and Sinhala). She is also the author of From Theory to Action - Women, Gender and Development (2000).


Professor Wickramasinghe was an Associate Editor of the Wiley Blackwell Encyclopaedia on Gender and Sexuality Studies (2016). Other work includes a comprehensive training module titled An Introduction to Gender Mainstreaming Universities (2010) developed for the Association of Commonwealth Universities.


An expert on gender, she is a scholar whose work interfaces research, teaching/training, policy development, advocacy and activism. She counts over twenty-five years of experience in formulating gender equity and equality polices/strategies, conducting gender sensitization trainings and evaluating women’s and gender programs for local and international organizations. She has worked with a number of organizations including the ILO, the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), CARE International and Practical Action as well as the Sri Lanka University Grants Commission (UGC).


Professor Wickramasinghe has delivered keynotes and plenaries for academic and professional organizations in China, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malta, Pakistan, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, the UK, the US and Zimbabwe.