Research Themes

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 ...

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 ...

Filling the Gaps: Giving Shape to Sri Lanka’s Transitional Justice Process

ICES 2016 project on transitional justice is a continuation from the previous transitional justice projects. This focus this year will be on the themes of truth-seeking prosecutions reparations and ...

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 ...

Building Resilient Communities

The ending of the war was seen by many as a paradigm-shifting moment in the country’s history. But more than four years since the end of the war Sri Lanka remains a troubled nation. New forms of conflict are emerging along with new majority-minority configurations. This project seeks to address ...

Post-War Justice, Reconciliation and Development

Since the end of the war in 2009, ICES has been exploring the complex and contested nature of building peace and reconciliation in Sri Lanka, taking into account the history of the conflict and the current socio-political and economic configurations. While the term reconciliation is easily and often invoked by politicians, civil society organisations, international ...

State, Politics and Power

Over the years ICES research has made a significant contribution to policy debates on state reform and power, both nationally as well as internationally. The publications “Sri Lanka: The Devolution Debate (1996)” which covered the period up to the enactment of the 13th Amendment and establishment of provincial councils in Sri Lanka and “Ideology and ...