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Niroshan is a PhD/GTAssistant at the Department of Social Sciences. He is currently undertaking his PhD project to examine social protection experiences of asylum seekers and refugees in Glasgow, Scotland. He is engaging in his PhD under the supervision of Dr Zana Vathi.

Prior to his PhD, he completed an Erasmus Mundus masters degree programme within the consortium of five European universities (University of Lincoln, Aalborg University, University of Lisbon, University of Warsaw and University of Paris Ouest Nanterre la Defense) in 2016. Further, Niroshan also obtained first class Bachelor of Social Work in 2012 at National Institute of Social Development, Sri Lanka.

Formerly, he was a consultant for the ‘New Dawn’ project implemented by Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in Sri Lanka to assist return migration of Indian returnees (Sri Lankan refugees in India). He also supported an assisted voluntary return and reintegration project implemented by International Organisation for Migration (IOM) – UN Migration Agency, Sri Lanka in the capacity of Project Coordinator. He was also a Programme Support Officer for ZOA International in Sri Lanka to assist internally displaced Tamil people in the war torn North and Eastern provinces of Sri Lanka.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Social Work, MA, University of Lincoln

14 Sep 20148 Jul 2016

Award Date: 8 Jul 2016

Social Work, BA, National Institute of Social Development

7 Jul 200830 Jul 2012

Award Date: 7 Dec 2012


  • H Social Sciences
  • Social protection
  • Asylum seekers and refugees
  • Integration
  • Inclusion