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Rajith Lakshman - Research Officer

Health and Nutrition; Cities
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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.

In what ways do regulations, policies and implementation practices affect the wellbeing of Syrian refugees and host communities in urban areas of Lebanon and Jordan? This project reviews and synthesises knowledge on this topic to inform policymakers, donors and humanitarian practitioners.

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This projects aims to study the links between malnutrition and poverty and between maternal and child malnutrition in OIC countries.

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HANCI measures and ranks governments’ political commitment to reduce hunger and undernutrition on an annual basis.

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Wellbeing and Urban Governance: Who Fails, Survives or Thrives in Informal Settlements in Bangladeshi Cities?

Cities 72. Part B. (2017)

In this paper we present the case for understanding towns and cities in terms of levels of human wellbeing achieved by the people who live in them. More details

IDS publications on international development research

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 Century

IDS 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 Countries

IDS Evidence Report 150 (2015)

This report presents the Hunger And Nutrition Commitment Index (HANCI) 2014. More details

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Thematic Expertise:
Citizenship; Conflict Violence and Security; Food Security; Migration; Nutrition.

Related Programmes and Centres:
Reducing Hunger and Undernutrition.

Geographic Expertise:
South East Asia; Sri Lanka.