Tanuja Thurairajah

Tanuja Thurairajah, Dr. des.

PhD student

Space, Nature and Society

Tel.: 044 63 56510



Research interests

diasporas, transnationalism, peacebuilding, conflict, transitional justice


Hollenbach, P; Thurairajah, T; Jeevasuthan, S (2020). Gift of a temple: socio-economic and cultural changes around diasporic engagement in Jaffna Peninsula, Sri Lanka. Contemporary South Asia: Epub ahead of print.

Thurairajah, T; Hollenbach, P; Alluri, R (2019). Vertical living: transnational urbanisation and diasporic returns to Wellawatte/ Colombo, Sri Lanka. South Asian Diaspora, 12 (1): 73-91.

Thurairajah, T, (2018) Space and the City:Small- scale investment of the Sri Lankan diaspora in Colombo, Sri Lanka, CEPA Working Paper Working Paper Series No.25, 2018 

Amarasingham, A; Thurairajah, T (2016). Migration, Mobilisation, and Memory: The Sri Lankan Civil War in the Lives of Tamil Youth in Children and Violence: Politics of Conflict in South Asia, Bina D’Costa(Ed.), Cambridge University Press




Paper presentation titled ‘Performing nationalisms: Tamil migrant politics in Switzerland’, as part of the panel on Migrant politics and the changing geographies of nationalism and citizenship: bottom up perspectives, actions and spaces at the Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting from April 3-7, Washington DC


Presentation at the Ideas, Capital and People on the Move Conference on Diaspora Engagement in Sri Lanka’s Post-war Development, Reconciliation and Sustainable Peace, 29 & 30 October 2018 organised by the Centre for Poverty Analysis (CEPA) in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Joint organizing of the ‘Sri Lanka: Moving Forward’, the 6th Sri Lanka Roundtable for Academic & Policy Debate, at the University of Zürich from 6-7, September 2018.


Presentation at the Roundtable on Children and Violence: Politics of Conflict in South Asia at the Second Global South International Studies Conference 2015 (Voices from Outside: Re-shaping International Relations Theory and Practice in an era of Global Transformation), organised by International Studies Association (ISA) Global South Caucus and Singapore Management University, Singapore.


Panel presentation, title: What Doesn't Bend Breaks' - Revisiting Sri Lanka at the British Association of South Asian Studies (BASAS) Annual Conference, Leeds, United Kingdom