Dr. Nilani Ljunggren

Dr. Nilani Ljunggren

Position: Academic Advisor
Categories: Academy, AIU Staff
Location: Honolulu, United States

Nilani Ljunggren De Silva, PhD



EDUCATION:           Ph.D. in Human & Social Science, Atlantic International University, USA (2008)

MA in International Pedagogy Stockholm University

MA in Mass Communication, Leicester University, UK

Sociology Bachelor and Magister, Stockholm University

SPECIALIZATIONS: DevelopmentEducation, Post Conflict Studies, Women studies, Gender, Decentralisation, Globalisation, Migration, Governance, Democracy, Human Right framework to analyse Education, Diversity and teacher education, Inclusive education, Civil Society & Social and cultural Capital.


Computer skills:         Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Outlook,

and familiar with Microsoft Project.



2005            Documentary Novel: Monsoon Dream/

Woman’s battle in Conflicts: (Book Surge Publishing USA

2nd edition: Vijitha Yapa Publishing, Sri Lanka

2008                             Abuse of Immigrant Brides: How to tackle the Problem?

                   (Publisher: Stockholm University)

Work in progress          Comparative Study: Girls Education in Post Conflict:

                   Sierra Leone & Liberia- PhD Thesis (Atlantic International

                   University Publication, USA)

                                            Female Voices from the Battle Field in Liberia

                                            Ethnographic Field work-composing as poetries

Articles                                Flickors kamp för utbildning I Liberia

                                            Education in Post Conflict countires-African Affairs –Focus Africa published in May 2009.


Present at               Södertörns University- Stockholm

International           Nordic Seminar on Social Movements

Conferences:         “Women Migration & Social Mobility”


                    Nordic African Institute- Uppsala

“Female Circumcision & Polygamy: Young women

Challenges culture in Post war transition: Liberia & Sierra


                   Nordic Africa Institute –Denmark

                   “Millennium Development Goals

                   Challenges & Possibilities”

                   SIDA- Global Challenge in Research Corporation

         “A Gender Framework for Education Policy Dialogues:

Women, Education & Development

Lectures:                     Feminist analysis on Field of Gender, Development & Education: Institute of International Education

University of Stockholm


Work Experiences:

2008-2009       Researcher, Stockholm University

2008-2009                          Open University Sri Lanka, Visiting Lecturer & Course designer masters level in sociology

2008                Scholarship holder programme Office

SIDA, Sweden

2008                            Guest Researcher at Nanjala

                                   University, Sierra Leone (June-Aug)

2008-10-16                  Scholarship Holder, Nordic African University

                   (September-October, 2008)

2004-2008                          Link Publishing, Book Reviewer and Publishing Coordinator (parallel with PhD programme)

2001-2002                          Worked as an Administrator at Botswana Embassy.

1995-2000                          Worked as a Media Researcher in the Columbus Publishing Company- publishing House, in London, UK.

1990- 1995                         Work as a Press and Public Relation Officer at Sri Lanka Embassy in Stockholm- Liaison with various relevant NGOs and developed assistant organisation: SIDA, DANIDA and FINNIDIA.

1986-1989               Worked as a Project Assistant at USAID in Sri Lanka-US Embassy, mainly dealt with development projects funded by USA in rural areas in Sri Lanka.

Voluntary work:                 Work as a voluntary for the Red Cross (prison visits) in Sweden followed two Red Cross voluntary courses.


                                            Work with women shelter movement in Stockholm

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