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.
Wellbeing and Protracted Urban Displacement: Refugees and Hosts in Jordan and Lebanon
The war in Syria, now in its eighth year, has led to the mass exodus of the Syrian people. Lebanon and Jordan have achieved a remarkable feat by hosting millions of refugees, with many having located to urban areas, where the great majority of local populations are already situated. More details
Urban Community Profiles: Safe Relocation and Resettlement in Post-War Sri Lanka
In this chapter, we offer some theories about how to create safer cities in post- war countries. We do this by presenting our research on the losses and gains of two relocated urban IDP communities in post- war Sri Lanka: Colombo, the national capital, and Jaffna, the capital of the country’s northern province. More details
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
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