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Lakshman Wimalasena, Ph.D, is an assistant professor in human resource management at Edinburgh Business Management, school of Social Sciences, Heriot Watt University. His research interests focus on work, digitalisation & digital labour, gender, diversity & inequality, reflexivity and critical issues in human resource management. His current research project entails 'The the gendered impact of working from home', 'casual workers in Sri Lanka's global apprel industry and 'social media, digital distraction and rural women'. He is also interested in critical realism and morphogenetic approach.

Twitter: @LakshmanWimalas

Research, Impact & Knowledge Transfer Projects

  1. Project Title: Internal Conversations, Occupational Ambitions and Sense of Identity: Working with Lower-Level, Non-Clinical NHS Employees to Effect Career Progress and Challenge Disadvantage (CREWS Seed-corn grant, currently on-going) - Value - £3,728.00
  2. Project Title: Personal Reflexivity in Social Research: A Participatory Critical Realist Methodology Workshop for Researching Contemporary Social Dynamics - Small Grant (£2,500) funded jointly by Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS) & Scottish Graduate School of Arts & Humanities (SGSAH) under the scheme 'Spring in to Methods' 2022/2023 (Lead Academic - Heriot Watt University) together with Bath Spa University UK, Manchester University UK, KTH Royal Institute of Technology – Sweden, Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, Australia. 
  3. Project Title: Digitalisation of the Academy: Exploring the Nature of Contemporary Digital Labour and Work Intensification among Academics at Scottish Universities an on-going and work in progress project led by Wimalasena, L. (a one-month internship as well as a pilot study are currently underway, funded by the CREWS in support of a future larger project).
  4. Project Title: “Gendered Experiences of working from Home during the Covid-19 Pandemic: A Study of Information Technology Professionals in Sri Lanka - Co-Investigator in the project led by Prof. Lasith Guanwarendena, University of Sri Jayewardenapura Sri Lanka. This application was successful and won a grant of Rs. 1.237 million – internal research grants, and will run for two years from February 2022. http://workfromhome.lk/ 
  5. Project Title: Masculinities Matter: Everyday Masculinities of Rural Conflict-Affected Sri Lanka (Archived) - May, 2021 - £196,722.70 - This bid was successful, but the funder withdrew the offer being subjected to UK government funding cuts – Principal Investigator. 
  6. Project Title: The forgotten garment workers: life stories of marginalised women in Sri Lanka’s export apparel industry – GCRF Small Grant - June, 2021 – Led by Manchester Metropolitan University in Collaboration with University of Sri Jayewardenapura, Sri Lanka – Bid successful - £5,000 – Co-Investigator 
  7. Project Title: Social Media and Distracted Women: An Exploration of the Influence of Facebook(ing) on the Daily Life of Rural Sri Lankan Women. April, 2018, Internal Research Grant. Value – £3,100, Successful. Principal Investigator   

My Doctoral Project

Presence of the departed? Meaning of work and the reflexive life journey of postcolonial Sri Lankan agents through the world
available at: http://www.ros.hw.ac.uk/handle/10399/3037 

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities


  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Human Resource Management
  • Business Management
  • Digitalisation
  • Digital Labour
  • Gender
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Work
  • Meaning of Work
  • Global apparel industry
  • Social Media
  • B Philosophy (General)
  • Critical Realism
  • Reflexivity


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  • Saegis Campus

    Kevin D O'Gorman (Visiting Scholar) & Lakshman P H G S Wimalasena (Visiting Scholar)

    16 Jun 201617 Jun 2016

    Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution

  • Saegis Campus

    Kevin D O'Gorman (Visiting Scholar) & Lakshman P H G S Wimalasena (Visiting Scholar)

    24 Apr 201627 Apr 2016

    Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution