Current Research

Joining the race: Pathways to politics for grassroots and development-sector women in Sri Lanka

Womens representation in political office is critical to achieving gender justice, to advance womens interests, and for inclusive development leadership. These positive outcomes are hampered across Asia due to womens under-representation and the elite backgrounds of women elected into legislatures. ...

Gender, Justice and Security Hub

ICES is part of a 32-institution global hub on Gender, Justice and Security supported by the UK Research Initiative and the Global Challenges Research Fund. It is a five-year research project working with ...

Understanding Womens Livelihood Outcomes and Empowerment in the Eastern Province

This research study in the East is a sequel to ICES recently completed work on womens livelihood outcomes in the ...

Tracking Coexistence Understanding Perceptions of the Religious Other

This study is based on an analysis of people's perceptions of the 'religious other'. The data was collected at the end of 2019 by interviewing 1,000 respondents in ...

Reimagining the Museum: Celebrating Diversity and Archiving Loss

Sri Lanka continues to struggle with celebrating diversity and memorialising loss. This is despite centuries of cultural confluence, a location at the crossroads of trade and ...

Migration and Collectives/Networks as Pathways Out of Poverty in Fishing Communities

The International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES) in Colombo, Sri Lanka, in collaboration ...

Identifying Post-War Growth and Economic Opportunities for Women in Sri Lanka

Poverty levels among women in the war-affected Northern Province are among the highest in the country. Since the end of the war in 2009, there have been several initiatives by the Government, the non-governmental and ...

Facilitating the inclusion of civil and political rights of persons with disabilities in the new constitution of Sri Lanka

On 8thFebruary 2016 disability rights activists, interested individuals and organizations, met at the International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES), to discuss the possibility of developing a proposal on disability right for ...

Fostering Pluralistic Memories and Collective Resilience in Fragile Transitional Justice Processes

In the aftermath of protracted civil conflicts, as in Sri Lanka’s case, truth and reconciliation processes have come to be accepted as the normal process forward to ...