Area of Expertise
Ethnicity, regional development and geography of South Asia; politics and economy of Sri Lanka; women and development in the Third World, sex trafficking
Vidyamali Samarasinghe teaches and researches gender and development, population and migration issues in developing countries, social science methodology, and field survey methodology. Her regional focus of research is in South Asia. Her most recent book is Female Sex Trafficking in Asia: Resilience of Patriarchy in a Changing World (Routledge, 2008). She is coeditor of Women at the Crossroads: A Sri Lankan Perspective (Vikas, 1990) and Women at the Center: Gender and Development Issues for the 1990's (Kumarian, 1993). She is the coauthor of A Historical Dictionary of Sri Lanka (Scarecrow Press, 1997). Samarasinghe has completed several field survey research projects on tea plantation women in Sri Lanka, income inequalities among farming communities, and female adolescent food-allocation patterns in Sri Lanka.