[Re]negotiating Space, Environment, and Society
Department of Geography, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
The Covid-19 pandemic has forced us to rethink afresh about our relations with space, environment and society and their mutual fortifications. The precarity and uncertainty that characterizes human life at glocal scales remind us to reimagine ‘milieu’; not simply to maintain or survive the ‘new normal’ but to gaze beyond and afar.
Depleting agricultural lands and eco-systems, changing climate, repeated ecological calamities (floods, landslides, coastal erosion, droughts, pandemics), regimented physical planning, territorialized politics, forced mobilities and migrations, aggrieved nationalisms, expedited urbanity and deprived rurality - all demand us to rethink our spatial and environmental relations, scientifically but critically along with new methodological insights. This is an ideal moment to discuss and debate the work we do as geographers and the lives of communities (bio-physical and social) involved in our work. As geographers,
Against this background, the Department of Geography, University of Peradeniya in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Association of Geographers, is organizing the 7th National Geography Conference on [Re]negotiating space, environment and society on the 17th and 18th of June, 2021. The conference is expected to initiate a dialogue among geographers, and researchers from related disciplines and to share the findings and insights of geographical research with the policy makers.
Abstracts of research presentations are solicited on the following themes relating to Sri Lanka focusing on theory, practice and policy: however, abstracts within the scope of any sub-discipline of Geography will be accommodated.
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Abstract submission: Authors should submit their extended abstracts through electronic mail. All submissions will be duly acknowledged by the conference secretariat. Once an abstract is submitted, it will be subjected to a double-blind peer-reviewing process for evaluation. Accepted extended abstracts will be published in the conference proceedings of NGC2021. The authors should follow the guidelines given below when submitting their extended abstracts.
Abstracts should be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org as an attachment on or before 15th January 2021. Please note that all communications will be carried out through e-mail.
Abstract Review: acceptance or rejection of reviewed extended abstracts will be under the purview of the editorial committee of the conference.
Presentations: Authors of all accepted extended abstracts should make their presentations at the conference in the English medium. Fifteen minutes will be allocated for each oral presentation, which will be followed by a 10-minute discussion time.
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Formerly of the Sri Lanka Administrative Service, held amongst others, positions of Additional Secretary to the Ministry of Public Administration, Provincial Councils and Home Affairs, Director of the Sri Lanka Institute of Development Administration (SLIDA) and Chairman of the Finance Commission. He is presently Chairman and Executive Governor of Marga Institute. He was a member of the Board of Governors of the Centre for Poverty Analysis (CEPA). He has worked for the UNDP as “Chief Technical Adviser”, Management Development Programme in Myanmar and as “Training Specialist in Law and Judicial Process” for project on “Building Capacity for Local Governance”, Bangladesh.
Count over twenty-five years of experience in research and consulting covering a range of development policy fields including governance, decentralization, and development. Have publications and papers in above areas of work. Headed the first assessment of Sri Lanka’s devolution experience as Chair of Committee, “Operational Experience of Provincial Councils in Sri Lanka” (1994). Served on Panel of Experts supporting constitutional reform under the “All Party Conference” initiative (2006) and “Constitutional Assembly” initiative (2016/2017).
Holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons), University of Ceylon, Post-graduate Diploma in Development Administration, University of Leeds, UK., and a Master in Social Science from the University of New England, Armidale, Australia.
Malin Herwig joined UNDP in Sri Lanka as the Deputy Resident Representative in August 2021. She brings 17 years of international development experience working on governance and peacebuilding, as well as in management and coordination roles within UNDP. Most recently she served as the acting Director for the UNDP Oslo Governance Centre and before that as Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding Adviser, UNDP Regional Hub for Arab States in Amman, Jordan (2015-2019) where she also led the regional efforts on Preventing Violent Extremism.
Prior to this, Malin worked as Policy Specialist in UNDP Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery, New York. Previously, she was Head of the Office of the Resident Coordinator, UN Liberia and Team Leader, Poverty Reduction in UNDP Kazakhstan.
Before joining UNDP, Malin served as member of the Swedish Government Committee investigating the events during the Gothenburg EU Summit 2001, in particular the role of the police. She had engagement in Swedish civil society, including as President of the National Council for Swedish Youth Organizations (LSU).
Malin holds a Master in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Uppsala, Sweden and Bachelor from Stockholm University
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Department of Geography
University of Peradeniya
Peradeniya, 20400, Sri Lanka
Tel : +94 (0)81 239 2672 / +94 (0)77 570 7067
Fax : +94 (0)81 239 2672
Prof. Tilak Bandara
Department of Geography University of Peradeniya
+94 71 4460893