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Rajith Lakshman

Research Officer

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.

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Wellbeing, Housing and Infrastructure in Turkey (WHIT)

This research and action project will contribute to finding ‘durable solutions’ for housing infrastructural deficits in Turkey, in the context of large scale displacement of Syrian refugees and rapid urbanisation.


Displacement, Placemaking and Wellbeing in the City

The Displacement, Placemaking and Wellbeing in the City (DWELL) project will contribute to our growing understanding of the structures, dynamics and processes through which people who are enduringly displaced succeed or fail to become part of European and Indian cities.



Making use of big data to inform policy: Lebanon case study

Lebanon, crippled by the continuing financial crisis; soaring poverty; a refugee crisis; deteriorating public services; deep political instability; the Covid-19 pandemic; and the last straw a month ago, the devastating 4 August blast and the tumultuous string of events that followed, is a...

7 September 2020



Independent Evaluation of UNHCR’s Emergency Response to the Rohingya Refugees Influx in Bangladesh August 2017– September 2018

UNHCR Evaluation Report;ES/2018/08

The evaluation of UNHCR’s response to the Rohingya refugee emergency in Bangladesh follows on from the declaration of the Level 3 (L3) emergency for Bangladesh, effective 19 September 2017. It is undertaken in line with UNHCR’s revised Evaluation Policy approved by the High Commissioner on...

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Lewis Sida & 4 others

1 December 2018

Rajith Lakshman’s recent work