My research and teaching focuses broadly on the inter-connections of Governance, Development, Violent conflict and Peace(building). More specifically, I am interested in politics of war and peace, state building, trauma and psychosocial healing in post-war contexts, war economy, dynamics and challenges in post-war transitions, security sector reform in post-war scenarios, civil-military Relations, external interventions in fragile and conflict areas, visual peace research, nexus of media and violent conflict and gender and security.
South Asia and Sri Lanka are my main geographical areas of specialization, but I have developed thematic expertise on conflict and peace in other geographical areas as well.
I hold a PhD in Development Studies from International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands, MA Degree in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University, Virginia, USA, Graduate Certificate on Peace Research from Oslo University, Norway and BA (Hons.)in International Relations from University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.
S.M.S. Jayasundara (2014). Sri Lanka’s Civil War: What Kind of Methodologies for Identity Conflict? In H. Hintjens & D. Zarkov (Eds.), Conflict, Peace, Security and Development: Theories and Methodologies (pp. 187-202). London: Routledge
S.M.S. Jayasundara (2014). Perspectives on Social Relevance. In P.A.G. van Bergeijk & L. Johnson (Eds.), Social impact @ sciences: the end of the ivory tower? (pp. 69-74) The Hague: ISS
S.M.S. Jayasundara (2011). Chapters on Conflict handling mechanisms, Conflict Analysis, Lessons learnt in Conflict Transformation and Peace Building, peace building Concepts fro Desigining Peacebuilding Projects. In Azmiya Badurdeen (Ed.), Art of Conflict Transformation;A Resource Pack. Colombo: German International Cooperation (giz) Colombo, Sri Lanka
S.M.S. Jayasundara (2015). Book review of 'Metallic Modern. Everyday Machines in Colonial Sri Lanka' [Bespreking van het boek Metallic Modern. Everyday Machines in Colonial Sri Lanka]. IIAS Newsletter. International Institute for Asian Studies (print), 35.
S.M.S. Jayasundara (2003). The Dichotomy of Security: The Case of Sri Lanka. In Delhi Policy Group (Ed.), Comprehensive Security in South Asia: Ethnic Dimensions. New Delhi: Delhi Policy Group