Janaka is a senior lecturer / Associate Professor in community wellbeing on the MSc in International Humanitarian Affairs (MIHA). He is a social anthropologist with a background in conducting research in multi-disciplinary and culturally diverse contexts. His work has a particular focus on understanding wellbeing of communities within uncertainty and dangers of life presented by disasters, conflicts and uneven development.
Throughout his career, Janaka has worked within and between academia, policy and practice in disasters, conflicts and uneven development. His pioneering work on concepts of care and wellbeing has influenced the policy and practice of the global humanitarian and development intervention discourse. Janaka teaches courses on humanitarianism, international protection and assistance, communities in humanitarian affairs and multicultural elements of care and wellbeing in midwifery, public health and humanitarian affairs programmes. He has also conducted local, national and regional workshops for national professionals on concepts of community care, mental health, disaster risk reduction, evaluation, self-care, peace and conflict impact analysis, community-based project management and humanitarian responses.
Janaka has played key roles in various humanitarian responses including tsunami responses in Sri Lanka (2004), internally displaced people in Western Darfur, Sudan (2005), Afghan refugees in Pakistan (2006), refugees in Malawi (2006) and Iraqi refugees in Jordan (2007). He is currently collaborating with governments, higher education institutions and communities in Iraq, Lebanon, Abu Dhabi, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh. He continues to advise the UN and International Agencies on humanitarian affairs.
Janaka’s current research interests include:
Janaka is currently supervising the following PhD students in the Department: