Senior Professor, University of Colombo

Senior Prof. Premakumara de Silva is one of the most senior academics of the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo. He is the Dean of the Faculty and holds a number of positions in Sri Lankan state institutions.  In addition, he is an adjunct professor of the University of Deakin Australia. He completed his doctoral studies in University of Edinburgh. His interests are mainly aligned with the Anthropology and Sociology of religion, rituals and pilgrimage, Theravada Buddhism, Globalization, Governance and Indigenous Studies. In the SRES II Project, he is one of the Co-investigators of the Sri Lankan team and is primarily involved in the Qualitative Strand of the research work while overlooking the four strands.