Rapti Siriwardane-de Zoysa

Dr. Rapti Siriwardane-de Zoysa


Abteilung: Sozialwissenschaften
Arbeitsgruppen: AG Entwicklungs- und Wissenssoziologie

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28359 Bremen
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Core research themes:
Historic and cultural politics of seacoasts; conviviality, conflict and co-operation in natural resource governance; human-animal studies and multispecies ethnography; littoral urbanism(s) and the speculative 'futuring' of coastal cities; hidden lives (and afterlives) of large scale infrastructural projects.

Conceptual and methodological currents:
- Phenomenologies of the sea, combining sensory studies
- Decolonial discourses in Oceanic and Island Studies
- Narrative analysis; grounded theory
- Critical Science and Technology Studies
- Methods in visual ethnography

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Rapti Siriwardane-de Zoysa is a marine anthropologist, with interdisciplinary training in comparative literature, cultural geography, and theatre studies. She holds a DPhil in Development Anthropology from the University of Bonn (ZEF), and an MSc. in Environmental Politics from the University of Oxford (SoGE).

She has been a postdoctoral member of the Development and Knowledge Sociology working group at the Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) since June 2015, and is a lecturer with the Sociology Institute at the University of Bremen.She also scientifically coordinates the German Science Foundation/DFG funded research project EMERSA (Epistemic Mobilities and the Governance of Environmental Risks in Island Southeast Asia) within the SPP 1889 initiative - Regional Sea Level Change and Society. Her recent monograph Fishing, Mobility and Settlerhood: Coastal Socialities in Postwar Sri Lanka (Springer), traces how everyday forms of sociality - and of ethical being and doing - have transformed in the wake of civil war, particularly in ways that challenge scholarly assumptions on rivalry, resource competition, and collective action.

Her ongoing research projects examine traveling knowledge(s) and practices for living with sea level change and the broader dynamics of coastal transformation in achipelagic urban Southeast Asia (Indonesia, Singapore and the Philippines), together with the politcis of convivality and invasive species management the east Caribbean (Bonaire/Dutch Antilles and Jamaica). 

Over the past 10 years, she has also undertaken projects and other commissioned assignments with the CGIAR-WorldFish Center Headquarters (Penang), the National Youth Council (Singapore), the IUCN (Colombo) and the UNFCCC Secretariat (Bonn).



Select publications


Peer-reviewed journals

Siriwardane-de Zoysa, Rapti, Irene S. Fitrinitia and Johannes Herbeck (2018) Watery Incursions: The Securitisation of Everyday 'Flood Cultures' in Metro Manila and Coastal Jakarta, International Quarterly for Asian Studies (in press).

Siriwardane-de Zoysa, Rapti and Anna-Katharina Hornidge (2016) "Putting Lifeworlds at Sea: Studying Meaning-making in Marine Research, Frontiers in Marine Science 8, DOI: https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2016.00197

Weeratunge, Nireka, Chris Béné, Rapti Siriwardane, Anthony Charles, Derek Johnson, Edward H. Allison, Prateep Nayak, Marie-Caroline Badjeck (2014) Small-scale fisheries through the wellbeing lens. Fish and Fisheries, 15 (2): 255-279.


Monographs & book chapters:

Siriwardane-de Zoysa, Rapti (2018) Fishing, Mobility and Settlerhood: Coastal Socialities in Postwar Sri Lanka (Cham: Springer)

Siriwardane-de Zoysa, Rapti (forthcoming) Decolonizing Seascapes: Imaginaries and Absences on an Island Hub, in Knoff, K.,  Knopf, Kerstin, Marivic Lesho, Eeva Sippola, eds. Postcolonial Knowledges. Heidelberg: HeiUP.

Schulz, Karsten and Siriwardane, Rapti (2016) “The Risk Frontier: Social Transformations in Rural and Peri-urban Ghana”, in Adaptation to Climate Change and Variability in Rural West Africa, In: J. Yaro and J. Hesselberg (Eds.), Berlin & Heidelberg: Springer, pp. 171-189.


Working papers and policy briefs:

Perrin, Sam and Rapti Siriwardane-de Zoysa (2017) Women in marine science: The efficacy of ecofeminist theory in the wake of historical critique, ZMT Working Paper No. 3, Bremen.

Schulz, Karsten and Rapti Siriwardane (2015) Depoliticised and Technocratic? Normativity and the Politics of Transformative Adaptation. Earth System Governance Working Paper No. 33, Lund and Amsterdam.

Weerawardhana, Chaminda and Rapti Siriwardane (2015) "Reis Mafia" in Colombo: Wahlkampf um das Präsidentenamt. Südasien, 35 (1), 91-97.

Siriwardane, Rapti (2014) War, Migration and Modernity: The Micro-politics of the Hijab in Northeastern Sri Lanka. ZEF Working Paper No. 127, Bonn.

Siriwardane, Rapti and Sarah Winands (2013) Between hope and hype: Traditional knowledge(s) held by marginal communities. ZEF Working Paper No. 115, Bonn.



Siriwardane, Rapti (2015) 'Sambandam': Cooperation, Contestation and Coastal Lifeworlds in Postwar Sri Lanka, PhD dissertation, University of Bonn (summa cum laude)
Advisors: Prof. Conrad Schetter & Prof. Aram Ziai

Siriwardane, Rapti (2008) Utopias of Process: Re-envisioning Gendered Subjectivities among Eco-settlements in Southwest England, Masters thesis, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford.
Advisors: Dr. Jaime Lorimer & Prof. Andrew Barry

Siriwardane, Rapti (2004) Shifting Terrains: Negotiating Boundaries between the ‘Natural’ and its Contrived in Urban Ecological Narratives in Singapore, Honours thesis, Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore.  Advisor: Prof. Stephanie K. Rupp