Samanthi J. Gunawardana is a Lecturer in Gender and Development in the Faculty of Arts, and the Course Director for the Master of International Development Practice.
She has a PhD in Economics and Commerce from The University of Melbourne. Prior to joining Monash University, she was a Lecturer in Employment Relations at Griffith University, and an Instructor in Labour Studies at the Pennsylvania State University. Samanthi was the 2009-2010 Visiting Professor of International Studies at Trinity College in Connecticut, and in 2006 she was a Visiting International Fellow at Cornell University.
Samanthi’s research examines the impact of development policy on employment systems, labour, and livelihoods among rural women in South Asia, with a particular emphasis on gender, development and labour in Sri Lanka. Key topics explored include export processing zone employment systems, freedom of association, labour organizing, labour migration, and connections between the political economy of households and development policy.