Rajith Lakshman - Research Officer
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Rajith W. D. Lakshman is a financial economist by training with a PhD focused on stock market inter-linkages.
His subsequent work, however, has mainly focused on conflict, poverty and development within the specific areas of migration (forced and voluntary) and statelessness. He has experience in working with international and national organizations such as International Labour Organisation, Plan International and UK Home Office, performing research and policy advice work.
He has performed quantitative and qualitative analyses of household livelihoods in conflict and disaster affected areas where migrants have been forced into stateless communities. His work has been published in the form of peer-reviewed journal publications and book chapters, working papers and project reports.
Urban Resettlement in Colombo from a Wellbeing Perspective: Does Development-Forced Resettlement Lead to Improved Wellbeing?Journal of Refugee Studies (2017)
This article tries to determine how resettlement and associated social, cultural and economic transformations impact on beneficiaries' sense of wellbeing in the medium term. We examine how displacement and resettlement determine material, relational and subjective dimensions of wellbeing among the affected communities. More details
Inclusive Urbanisation and Cities in the Twenty-First CenturyIDS Evidence Report 220 (2017)
In academic and policy discourse, urbanisation and cities are currently receiving a great deal of attention, and rightly so. Both have been central to the enormous transformation the world has been going through during the past few centuries. More details
Assessing the Policy Impact of ‘Indicators’: A Process-Tracing Study of the Hunger And Nutrition Commitment Index (HANCI)IDS Evidence Report 185 (2016)
In recent years, the global literature on reducing hunger and malnutrition has come to view progress as much an outcome of a political process as of (nutrition) technical interventions. Political commitment is now seen as an essential ingredient for bringing food and nutrition security higher up on public policy agendas. More details
The Hunger and Nutrition Commitment Index (HANCI 2014): Measuring the Political Commitment to Reduce Hunger and Undernutrition in Developing CountriesIDS Evidence Report 150 (2015)
This report presents the Hunger And Nutrition Commitment Index (HANCI) 2014. More details
Equate and Conflate: Political Commitment to Hunger and Undernutrition Reduction in Five High-Burden CountriesWorld Development 76 (2015)
As political commitment is an essential ingredient for elevating food and nutrition security onto policy agendas, commitment metrics have proliferated. Many conflate government commitment to fight hunger with combating undernutrition. More details