Danesh Jayatilaka Biography

Danesh Jayatilaka is a final year PhD student at the Department of Economics of the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. He won a Split-site PhD full scholarship from the Commonwealth to the School of Global Studies at Sussex University, UK. His doctorate is concentrating on the resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the east of Sri Lanka, with the research question ‘What is the impact of housing and livelihoods assistance on economic recovery of former internally displaced persons who had been resettled?. Danesh has previously worked with UNDP and UNOCHA and with a number of local and international NGOs such as CHA, IOM, GTZ, and CARE, including institutions such as Brookings on issues relating to IDPs in Sri Lanka. He has also written a number of expert papers at the request of UNHCR. These had covered topics such as protection advocacy, vulnerability analysis, human smuggling, conflict transformation, peace building, return, resettlement, housing and livelihoods. Most recently he was responsible for leading two field research projects for ILO on combating post-conflict human trafficking and conducting an impacts evaluation study for a governance project by UNDP. He was also involved with USAID on a business investment promotion study and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) on a project assessing aid by developmental financial institutions to least developed countries. He has done his undergraduate and graduate studies in Business Administration including the special summer course at the Refugee Studies Centre at Oxford. Danesh has a number of international publications on IDPs in Sri Lanka and is the Chairman and co-founder of the Centre for Migration Research and Development (CMRD).