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Population and development: a festschrift in honour of Professor K. A. P. Siddhisena, Department of Demography, University of Colombo edited by Lakshman Dissanayaka and Swarna Ukwatte

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Chandra Gunawardena

Emeritus Professor, The Open University of Sri Lanka, Nawala., LK
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The Felicitation Volume in honour of Prof. Siddhisena titled Population and Development contains 16 articles, of which the first provides a biographical sketch of Emeritus Professor Siddhisena. In this biographical sketch, Dr. Sunetra Perera places on record the lifetime work of Prof. Siddhisena, which would enable junior academics and students to recognise his immense contribution to the discipline of Demography as an academic as well as an academic administrator and motivate them to emulate him for their own career development. It is followed by a list of Prof. Siddhisena’s publications in international and national peer-reviewed journals and research papers in conferences.The breadth of his academic interests span demography, poverty, livelihood support, labour force and manpower, alcoholism, trafficking of women and children, urbanisation and migration.
It is significant that four of the chapters are contributions from eminent foreign academics with international repute: Graeme Hugo, former Australian Professorial Fellow, Professor of Geography and Director of the Australian Population and Migration Centre, University of Adeaide; Deborah S. Degraff, Professor, Department of Economics, Bowden College, Brunswick, USA, Rebecca Wong, Professor, University of Texas Medical Branch, Sealy Center on Aging, Galveston, Texas, USA; David Lucas and Barbara Edgar of the Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute, Australian National University and Gouranga Lal Dasvarma, Adjunct Associate Professor in Population Studies, School of Environment, Flinders University, Adelaide.
Of the sixteen chapters, three focus on the elderly and aging, two on Sri Lankans in Australia, two on economic development, two on migration, and one each on under five mortality, differential educational attainment, morbidity and mortality in Sri Lanka, global poverty, development and conservation, cognitive/mental mapping for research and population growth and lawlessness in colonial Sri Lanka. As such it is a truly comprehensive volume spanning several major areas of concern.
How to Cite: Gunawardena, C., (2016). Population and development: a festschrift in honour of Professor K. A. P. Siddhisena, Department of Demography, University of Colombo edited by Lakshman Dissanayaka and Swarna Ukwatte. Sri Lanka Journal of Social Sciences. 38(2), pp.123–127. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljss.v38i2.7397
Published on 22 Jul 2016.
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