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Prof Laksiri Jayasuriya

The Academic Details listed below present information collected by the University up to the end of 2013 and thus may not represent the full academic record.

Email: laksiri.jayasuriya@uwa.edu.au  Home Page


BA (Hons) University of Sydney, PhD (University of London) 1960, Fellow, British Pyschological Society (F.B.Ps.S), Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences (F.A.S.S), Hon. D.Litt (University of Colombo) Sri Lanka, 2000 and (University of Western Australia), 2006.

Research Interests:

Social Policy; Australian Multiculturalism and Ethnic Affairs; Racism and Citizenship; Sri Lankan Studies; Sociology of Religion and Buddhist Studies


Laksiri Jayasuriya obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree with First Class Honours (Pyschology) and the Gold Medal from the University of Sydney, Australia in 1954. Subsequently, he did his postgraduate studies at the University of London, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), from where he obtained his Ph.D (Social Pyschology) in 1959. Prior to coming to the University of Western Australia he was Dean/Social Sciences at the University of Ceylon, Colombo, Sri Lanka, in addition to holding the Foundation Chair of Sociology and Social Welfare.

He is currently Emeritus Professor and Senior Honorary Research Fellow of the University of Western Australia and has held a variety of academic and public appointments in the UK, USA, Australia and Sri Lanka. In Australia, he has been involved in a range of community activities in the field of social policy, welfare and particularly ethnic affairs where he has served on numerous government bodies and Committees of Inquiry until his retirement in 1992. At the University, he also served as the Director of the Centre for Asian Studies, and also as the Chair of the WA Inter University Consortium on Development Studies (ICDS/WA).

In 1997, he was invited by University of Peradeniya (formerly University of Ceylon) Sri Lanka, to deliver the Convocation Address, and in 1999 was awarded an Hon.D.Litt by the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. He was the recipient of a Centenary of Federation Medal awarded in 2033 by the Australian Government in recognition of his services relating to the advocacy of multiculturalism and ethnic affairs. In 2006 the University of Western Australia conferred an Hon.D.Litt.

For further biographical details see Who's Who in Australia, 2007 and National Library (N.L.A.) Manuscript Collection, MS 964.


Jayasuriya, L. 2014, Sri Lanka’s Experience of Social Development: Towards Equity and Justice in Development and Welfare Policy in South Asia, Routledge , Oxon, UK Detail

Jayasuriya, L. 2013, 'A New Political Regime Post 2010 in Sri Lanka: A Hybrid Regime', Groundviews, 2013 online, pp. e1-13. Detail

Jayasuriya, L. 2012, 'Transforming a 'White Australia'- Issues of Racism and Immigration', Not available, pp. 180. Detail

Jayasuriya, L. 2011, 'Post-Civil War Sri Lankan Electoral Politics and the Future of Liberal Democracy', Asia Pacific World, 2, 1, pp. 25-53. Detail

Jayasuriya, L. 2011, 'A Buddhist Humanism for the ‘Asian Century’', International Journal of Buddhist Thought & Culture, 17, pp. 17-98. Detail

More Publications...


2007 PhD. Assist/Pro Eltaiba. Supervised by: A/Prof Harries, Prof Jayasuriya

2003 PhD. Dr Barber. Supervised by: Prof Jayasuriya, A/Prof Harries

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