Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

University of Ruhuna

Hemakumara, G.P.T.S. (Dr.)

Senior Lecturer

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

Phone: +94 714403871 / +94 362255589

Email: shemakumara@hotmail.com / sam@geo.ruh.ac.lk


Dr. G.P.T.S. Hemakumara is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geography, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka , Dr. Hemakumara has completed his PhD at the Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) under the Professor Ruslan Rainis in 2015. Also obtained a BA Honours degree in Geography from the University of Colombo in 1996, a Masters Degree in Remote Sensing and GIS at AIT, Bangkok in 2001 and the Postgraduate Diploma in Town and Country Planning at the University of Moratuwa. Before he joined the University of Ruhuna, he was an Assistant Director in the GIS section of the UDA of Sri Lanka where he obtained considerable industrial practice and experience in city planning. He is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Town Planners, Sri Lanka.


  • PhD-USM
  • MSc(AIT-Bangkok)
  • PGD (Moratuwa)
  • BA(Hons)Col

Memberships and Affiliations:

  • Chartered Town Planer-ITPSL
  • Chartered Environmentalist – IEPSL
  • Life Member – GISSL

Specialized fields and teaching areas:

Remote Sensing, GIS, Urban Planning , Geo-statistical Modeling

Research Areas:

GIS Modeling, Spatial Analysis, Land use Planning Environmental Sensitive Analysis , Urban Housing


Journal publications

  • Hemakumara, GPTS, & Rainis, Ruslan ( 2017) Geo-Statistical Index for Reshaping the Pattern of Households Emerging over the Low Lying Areas of the Colombo Metropolitan Region, International Journal of Information and Decisions Science IJIDC_Inderscience Publiser, Scopus Journal

Conference publications

  • Hemakumara, GPTS, & Rainis, Ruslan. (2015). Geo-statistical modeling to evaluate the socio-economic impacts of households in the context of low-lying areas conversion in Colombo metropolitan region-Sri Lanka.- AIP Conference ( ISI and Scopus ) Proceedings.http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4907478 )

Invited keynote talks and seminar presentations

  • GIS based Rectification of GN ( Villages) Boundaries for Household Planning, Invited Talk on 21/02/2008 at Geo Information Society of Tsukuba University, Japan DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.17954.84161