Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

University of Ruhuna

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

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 | spranabahu@geo.ruh.ac.lk

Biography:

Dr. R.A.S.P Ranabahu is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geography, University of Ruhuna. She graduated from the University of Colombo in 1995. She holds a BA Honours degree and MPhil degree in Geography from the University of Colombo and PhD in Population Studies from University of Ruhuna. She teaches undergraduate courses in Population Geography, Medical Geography, Research Methods, Globalization, Natural Environment and Resources, Adolescents and Reproductive Health 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.

Dr.Ranabahu serves as a Mentor in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. She is one of the Activity Coordinators of the project, AHEAD for the Department of Geography.

Qualifications:

  • PhD (Ruh)
  • 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
  • Research Methods
  • Globalization
  • Adolescents
  • Reproductive Health

Research Areas:

  • Population Ageing
  • Migration
  • Reproductive Health Issues

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.

  • Ranabahu, R.A.S.P. (2018) Productive Engagement among community-dwelling elders of Sri Lanka. Journal ofSocial Sciences and Humanities Review, Vol 3, Issue. 1, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka, 1-10.

  • Ranabahu, R.A.S.P., Siddhisena, K.A.P., Amarasinghe, S., Ali, S.K.M. (2018) Social Dimension of Active Ageing among community-dwelling elders in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Journal of Population Studies, Vol 18-19, Population Association of Sri Lanka, Colombo, 21-32.

  • Ranabahu, R.A.S.P., (2019) Perceived income security among community-dwelling elders of Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Journal of Population Studies, Vol 20, No 1, Population Association of Sri Lanka, Colombo, 37-50

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.
  • Ranabahu, S., Siddhisena, P., Amarasinghe, S., Ali, K., Amaraweera, P. (2018) Family Relationships and Social Support among Community-dwelling Elders of Sri Lanka.  International Sociological Association (ISA) Joint Conference for RC06 (Family) & RC41 (Population), National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore on 18 May 2018.

  • Ranabahu, S. (2018) Implications of Active Ageing among female elders of Sri Lanka.  International Federation on Ageing (IFA) 14th Global Conference on Ageing, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada on 10 August 2018.


Invited keynote talks and seminar presentation
  • Key note address – “Violence against Women and Girls in Sri Lanka” delivered at the District Symposium on Empowering Communities to address Violence against Women and Girls organized by the Foundation for Innovative Social Development and British Council Sri Lanka on 19 September 2019 at Walasmulla, Hambantota.