Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

University of Ruhuna

Akurugoda, I.R. (Dr.)

Senior Lecturer

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

Phone: Mobile:+ 94 718999060
Office: +94 412222681/ Ext.3110/ 3701

Email: indiakuru@gmail.com, irakurugoda@hss.ruh.ac.lk

Biography:

Indi Ruwangi Akurugoda did a PhD in Political Science and Public Policy at the University of Waikato, New Zealand and later obtained a post-doctoral writing scholarship awarded by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Waikato. She is a lecturer in Political Science attached to the Department of Public Policy, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka, working in the areas of decentralisation, local government, community development, conservation ecology and NGO politics. Her publications include books, articles and research papers. She has also contributed towards volunteer conservation and community development projects in Sri Lanka and overseas.

Qualifications:

  • Post-Doc (Waikato, New Zealand)
  • PhD (Waikato, New Zealand)
  • MA (JNU, India)
  • BA (Colombo, Sri Lanka)

Memberships and affiliations:

  • Member of the New Zealand Political Studies Association
  • Member of the Midwest Political Science Association
  • Member of the International Public Policy Association

Specialized fields and teaching areas :

Decentralisation and local government, Local development and community participation, Non-governmental politics, Political ideology, Policy processes, Environmental politics, Research studies

Research areas:

Local government, Community development, NGO politics, Local development and people’s participation, Conservation ecology

Publications:


Major publications

  • Akurugoda, I.R. (2018). NGO politics in Sri Lanka: Local government and development. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-3-319-58586-4. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-58586-4.

  • Akurugoda, I.R. (2014). The politics of local government and development in Sri Lanka: An analysis of the contribution of non-governmental organisations (NGOs). PhD thesis. New Zealand: University of Waikato. http://hdl.handle.net/10289/8930.


Journal publications


Conference publications

 

  • Akurugoda, I.R. (2017, June). Empowering the local: NGOs to promote sustainable local development in Sri Lanka. Conference proceedings (online) - ICPP 3, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. Singapore National University. Singapore: Singapore National University.

  • Akurugoda, I.R. (2016, April). Addressing local development needs: Positive role of NGOs to empower local government in Sri Lanka. Conference proceedings - 74th Annual Midwest Political Science Association Conference. Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, Illinois, USA: Midwest Political Science Association.

  • Akurugoda, I.R. (2016, July). Imperial agents or development partners: The role of NGOs at the local level in Sri Lanka. Conference proceedings – The Seventh Oceanic Conference on International Studies, University of Queensland. Brisbane, Australia: University of Queensland.

  • Akurugoda, I.R. (2016, November). Local needs, development agendas and centrally-led NGO projects: The Sri Lankan experience. Conference proceedings – New Zealand Political Studies Association Conference 2016, University Waikato. Hamilton, New Zealand: University of Waikato.

  • Akurugoda, I.R. (2015). NGOs as imperial agents in post-colonial contexts: The Sri Lankan experience.Conference proceedings – New Zealand Political Studies Association Conference, Massey University. Palmerston North, New Zealand: Massey University.

  • Akurugoda, I.R. (2015). Addressing local development through local government: The positive role of NGOs.FASSGRAD 2015 postgraduate conference proceedings, University of Waikato. Hamilton, New Zealand: University of Waikato.

  • Akurugoda, I.R. (2014). Promoting local government and development in Sri Lanka: The contribution of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the post-tsunami and post-war situations. Conference proceedings – New Zealand Political Studies Association Conference, University of Auckland. Auckland, New Zealand: University of Auckland.

  • Akurugoda, I.R. (2014). Promoting local government and development in Sri Lanka: The contribution of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the post-tsunami and post-war situations. FASSGRAD 2014 postgraduate conference proceedings, University of Waikato. Hamilton, New Zealand: University of Waikato.

  • Akurugoda, I.R. (2013). Promoting decentralisation and grassroots development in Sri Lanka – non-state actors and local government. Conference proceedings – New Zealand Political Studies Association Conference, University of Canterbury. Christchurch, New Zealand: University of Canterbury.

  • Akurugoda. I.R. (2013). Promoting decentralisation and grassroots development in Sri Lanka – non-state actors and local government. FASSGRAD 2013 postgraduate conference proceedings, University of Waikato. Hamilton, New Zealand: University of Waikato.

  • Akurugoda, I.R. (2012) Neglected grassroots: Research findings of eastern province, Sri Lanka. FASSGRAD 2012 postgraduate conference proceedings, University of Waikato. Hamilton, New Zealand: University of Waikato.