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Biography

Samanthi J. Gunawardana is a Lecturer in Gender and Development in the Faculty of Arts, a member of the Monash Gender, Peace and Security Centre. From 2014-2018, she was 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.

Keywords

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

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Research Output 2007 2018

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

Industrialization, feminization and mobilities

Gunawardana, S. J. 2018 Handbook on the International Political Economy of Gender. Elias , J. & Roberts , A. (eds.). Cheltenham UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, p. 440-455 16 p.

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

Rethinking labour migration and the state

Gunawardana, S. J. 2018 Revisiting Gendered States: Feminist Imaginings of the State in International Relations. Parashar, S., Tickner, J. A. & True, J. (eds.). New York USA: Oxford University Press, USA, p. 85-104 20 p. (Oxford Studies in Gender and International Relations)

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

Activities 2004 2018

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

Press / Media

Gendered Depletion in Export Processing Zones

Samanthi Jayasekara Gunawardana

27/03/18

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment