Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

University of Ruhuna

Ranabahu, R.A.S.P. (Mrs.)

Senior Lecturer

Department of Geography
Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
University of Ruhuna
Matara 81000
Sri Lanka

Phone: +94 714469535

Email: Shyama.ranabahu@gmail.com / ranabahu@geo.ruh.ac.lk

Biography:

R.A.S.P Ranabahu is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geography, University of Ruhuna. She holds the BA Honours degree and MPhil degree in Geography from the University of Colombo. She teaches undergraduate courses in Population Geography, Medical Geography, Globalization, Natural Environment and Resources, and Geography of Southern Sri Lanka. Her ongoing research is mainly on Population Ageing and Migration. She takes an active interest in active ageing, aged care and elderly security in Sri Lanka.

She has served as the Deputy Senior Student Counsellor of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in 2009 and the coordinator of the Faculty Computer Unit in 2006-2007. Mrs. Ranabahu was the faculty coordinator of the programme “Orator of the year 2015 and 2016”. She was a member of the Student’s Appeals Investigation Committee, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in 2013 and 2014.

Qualifications:

  • MPhil(Col)
  • BA(Col)

Memberships and Affiliations:

  • Life member – Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science (SLAAS)
  • Life member- Population Association of Sri Lanka (PASL)
  • Life member – Sri Lanka Association of Geographers (SLAG)
  • Associate member- International Federation on Ageing (IFA)

Specialized fields and teaching areas:

Population Geography, Medical Geography, Urbanization and Development, Globalization

Research Areas:

Population Ageing, Migration, Women and Development

Publications:

Journal publications

  • Ranabahu, R.A.S.P.(1999) Population Pressure on Land: a case study within the Minuwangoda Divisional Secretariat Division of the Gampaha District. Sri Lanka Journal of Population Studies Vol.2, Population Association of Sri Lanka.

  • Ranabahu, R.A.S.P. (2004) The consequences of Urban In-migration in Sri Lanka: a case study of Gampaha District. Sri Lanka Journal of Population Studies, Vol.7, Population Association of Sri Lanka.

  • Ranabahu, R.A.S.P. (2005) Demographic Characteristics of Urban In-migrants in Gampaha District. Sri Lanka Journal of Population Studies, Vol.8, Population Association of Sri Lanka.

  • Ranabahu, R.A.S.P (2009) Children’s Perceptions on their parent’s Migration for Foreign Employment. Sixth Annual Academic Sessions, University of Ruhuna.

  • Watt, M.H., Perera, B., Ostbye, T., Ranabahu, S., Rajapakse, H., Maselko. J. (2014) Caregiving Expectations and Challenges among elders and their adult children in Southern Sri Lanka. Ageing and Society, 2014 May 1; 34(5): 838-858

  • Perera, B., Watt, M., Ostbye, T., Rajapakse, H., Ranabahu, S., Maselko, J. (2015) Perceptions of Successful Ageing in Sri Lankan older people: a qualitative study. Asian Journal of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 10 (1), 22-30.


Conference publications

  • Ranabahu, R.A.S.P. and Amaraweera, P.H. (23-24, January 2009) Forced to Move: problems of adaptation to a new environment: a case study of donor- driven Tsunami resettlement schemes of Matara Divisional Secretariat Division. National Geography conference 2009, Department of Geography, University of Peradeniya.

  • Ranabahu, R.A.S.P and Amaraweera, P.H. (8-9, January 2010) Work- family balance among married females in Sri Lanka: a case study of Gampaha District. National Geography Conference 2010, Department of Geography, University of Ruhuna.

  • Ranabahu, R.A.S.P. (2nd April 2011) Active Ageing: a review of the concept. Annual Academic Sessions, Population Association of Sri Lanka, Colombo.

  • Perera B , Ranabahu S., Wickramarachchi B., Ostbye T., Meselko J. (25-29, February 2012) Perceived social support, distress and suicidal ideation among elders in Sri Lanka. 2nd International Congress on Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine (ICGGM- 2012) Delhi, India.

  • Ranabahu, R.A.S.P. (22nd Oct 2013) Population ageing and Intergenerational Relationships: a case study in Colombo District.” First Annual Academic Sessions, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Ruhuna.
  • Ranabahu, R.A.S.P. (3rd March 2015) A Study of Productive Engagement among elders of Sri Lanka. International Conference on Postcolonial Societies in Transition, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Ruhuna.

  • Ranabahu, R.A.S.P. (21-23, June 2016) Income Security and Perceived Life Satisfaction among community-dwelling elders of Sri Lanka. 13th Global Conference on Ageing, Brisbane, Australia.