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.
Helen Hintjens, Shyamika Jayasundara & Ali Bilgic (2021) - Migration, Security and Development - In Tim Allen & Alan Thomas, Poverty and Development in the 21st Century (pp. 456-479) - Oxford University Press
Shyamika Jayasundara - Smits (2014) - Perspectives on Social Relevance - In P.A.G. van Bergeijk & L. Johnson, Social impact @ sciences: the end of the ivory tower? (pp. 69-74) - [link] - International Institute of Social Studies (ISS)