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Personal profile

Biography

Samanthi J. Gunawardana is a Senior Lecturer in Gender and Development in the Faculty of Arts, and a member of the Monash Gender, Peace and Security Centre. She is the Course Director for the Master of International Development Practice.

She has a PhD in Economics and Commerce from The University of Melbourne. Prior to joining Monash University, she was a Lecturer in Employment Relations at Griffith University, and an Instructor in Labour Studies at the Pennsylvania State University. Samanthi was the 2009-2010 Visiting Professor of International Studies at Trinity College in Connecticut, and in 2006 she was a Visiting International Fellow at Cornell University.

Samanthi’s research examines the impact of development policy on employment systems, labour, and livelihoods among rural women in South Asia, with a particular emphasis on gender, development and labour in Sri Lanka. Key topics explored include export processing zone employment systems, freedom of association, labour organizing, labour migration, and connections between the political economy of households and development policy.

Research area keywords

  • International Relations
  • Gender
  • Labour Force
  • Developing countries
  • Worker's Rights
  • Human Rights
  • Political Economy
  • Ethical Sourcing
  • Feminist political economy
  • Livelihoods

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Projects

Inclusive Economies and Enduring Peace: The Transformative Role of Social Reproduction

True, J., Gunawardana, S., Johnston, M., Rai, S., Pratt, N., Elias, J. & Lingham, J.

1/08/1931/07/21

Project: Research

Research Output

A continuum of participation: rethinking Tamil women’s political participation and agency in post-war Sri Lanka

Koens, C. & Gunawardana, S. J., 1 Jan 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : International Feminist Journal of Politics. 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Carceral Spaces and Social Reproduction: Exploring Export Processing Zones in Sri Lanka and Prisons in Argentina

Pereyra-Iraola, V. & Gunawardana, S., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Social Politics. 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Emerging economies, freedom of association and collective bargaining for women workers in export-oriented manufacturing

Gunawardana, S. J., 2018, The Routledge Companion to Employment Relations. Wilkinson, A., Dundon, T., Donaghey, J. & Colvin, A. J. S. (eds.). 1st ed. New York NY USA: Routledge, p. 372-386 15 p. (The Routledge Companion).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Gendered Depletion in Export-Processing Zones

Gunawardana, S. J., 27 Mar 2018, 1 p. Sheffield UK : Progress in Political Economy (PPE).

Research output: Other contributionOtherpeer-review

Gendered state assemblages and temporary labor migration: The case of Sri Lanka

Gunawardana, S. J., 2018, Revisiting Gendered States: Feminist Imaginings of the State in International Relations. New York USA: Oxford University Press, p. 85-101 16 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Activities

  • 14 Contribution to conference
  • 5 Contribution to workshop, seminar, course
  • 4 Public lecture/debate/seminar

Keynote: Report launch of Rural women’s participation and recognition in sustainable agricultural livelihoods across their life-course, in post-war Sri Lanka

Samanthi Gunawardana (Keynote/plenary speaker)

26 Mar 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to workshop, seminar, course

Panel discussant: Book launch of True, J., Parashar, S. & Tickner, A. Gendered States Revisited: Implications for 21st Century International Relations.

Samanthi Gunawardana (Invited speaker)

5 Jul 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to workshop, seminar, course

Gendered Care in Spaces of Seclusion and Exclusion in Sri Lanka and Argentina, Post-conflict care economy and depletion of women’s labour

Samanthi Gunawardana (Speaker), & V Pereya (Speaker)

2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to workshop, seminar, course

Gender, microfinance and micro-credit in Asia: Observations from Post-war rural Sri Lanka

Samanthi Gunawardana (Speaker)

13 Nov 201714 Nov 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to workshop, seminar, course

Monash Warwick Alliance Workshop 2017

Samanthi Gunawardana (Speaker)

10 Sep 201711 Sep 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to workshop, seminar, course

Press / Media

Gendered Depletion in Export Processing Zones

Samanthi Gunawardana

27/03/18

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Clothing. International Political Economy of Everyday Life

Samanthi Gunawardana

1/01/17

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment