Harini Amarasuriya named NPP National List MP

Dr. Harini Amarasuriya has been named as the National List Parliamentarian of the National People’s Power (NPP) led by Anura Kumara Dissanayake.

Harini Amarasuriya, PhD, was a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Social Studies, at the Open University of Sri Lanka.

She completed her PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Edinburgh where her dissertation work explored the nexus between the state, development policy and practice within the bureaucracy, specifically in relation to probation and child care services in Sri Lanka.

Her work has included research in the areas of youth unemployment and conflict, gender, child protection, globalisation and development.

Prior to joining the Open University, Harini worked as a child protection and psychosocial practitioner for several years.

She served as a Board Member of Nest, a local NGO working in the psychosocial sector, the Centre for Women’s Research and the Law and Society Trust.

She was the lead researcher for Sri Lanka’s National Human Development Report 2014, which focussed on Youth and Development and was also a member of the drafting team for Sri Lanka’s National Youth Policy which was launched in 2014. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. JVP instead of putting people who can speak to common people.They put people who come from NGOs.Seems like JVP never learned from the election results .Next election they will get only 1 seat .So basically within 2 election cycles JVP will not be in parliment.

    • @Thilan:
      Nothing more than non-sensical anti-NGO gripe?
      Don’t you think NGOs are helping the ‘needy’ and NGO staff know a lot about connecting with the common people of this country? Are they not in the frontline talking to and hearing from the common people?

    • @Gabriella:
      That will be such a shame. Seems inevitable Dr. Amarasuriya’s voice will not be heard by the herd of the illiterate kind elected by the voters. Nonetheless, kudos to NPP for nominating her; hopefully it will serve the party well and gain credibility. Hopefully, other credible parliamentarians will stand behind Dr. Amarasuriya in her efforts.

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