Chandani Liyanage

CHANDANI LIYANAGE is a Sri Lankan Sociologist and works on contemporary health issues, traditional and complementary medical systems, disability, contemporary social issues, social work and social protection policies. She obtained her bachelor’s degree and the master’s degree from University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, and PhD from Delhi University in India (2007). She joined as an Assistant Lecturer at the Department of Sociology, University of Colombo in 1989 and promoted to senior lecturer grade in 1996. She has been promoted to full professor at the Department of Sociology, University of Colombo in August 2019. Chandani Liyanage served as the head of the department of Sociology (2014 -2017), founding director) (2014 – 2018) of the Center for Disability Research, Education and Practice(CEDREP) and Chairperson of the Ethics Review Committee for Social Sciences and Humanities(ERCSSH), Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo(2015-2021).  She was also served as a member of the Ethics Review Committees of the Faculty of Medicine and Institute of Indigenous Medicine, University of Colombo form 2015 – 2022. She has been Visiting Faculty at Ljubljana University, Slovenia (2013). She has received Fulbright Advanced Research & Lecturing Award in 2011/2012 and affiliated to the Center for South Asian Studies at Syracuse University and a fellowship for Professionals-on Demand for Disability Rights in USA (2015).  She has published in journals of repute and book chapters including ‘Socio-cultural construction of disability’, ‘A Paradigm for Well-Being: Social Construction of Health’ and ‘Social epidemiology of Chronic Kidney Disease of uncertain etiology in Sri Lanka. She is currently involved in collaborative research on ‘Empowering Cutaneous Leishmaniasis patients (ECLIPSE).

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