Pradeep Sangapala Arachchige Don, MURP, BSc (Hons)

Grad Teaching Assistantship, Faculty of Science - Earth & Atmospheric Sciences Admin
Graduate Teaching Fellow & PhD Candidate, Faculty of Science - Earth & Atmospheric Sciences

Pronouns: "he,him,his"

Contact

Grad Teaching Assistantship, Faculty of Science - Earth & Atmospheric Sciences Admin
Email
sangapal@ualberta.ca

Graduate Teaching Fellow & PhD Candidate, Faculty of Science - Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
Email
sangapal@ualberta.ca
Address
School of Urban and Regional Planning Earth Sciences Building
11223 Saskatchewan Drive NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2E3

Overview

Research

My Ph.D. dissertation focuses on how colonialism and indigenous nationalism influenced placemaking in postcolonial Sri Lanka. I examine the making of the new town Anuradhapura, the first planned community in independent Sri Lanka, and how its layout reflects local designs for a postcolonial social imaginary. I approach the planning project as a ground-up knowledge-building proof of concept that demonstrates the historical significance of planning in the spatialization of decolonial nationalism. Methodologically, this research relies on the findings from two extensive field studies I conducted in the summer of 2017 and 2019, consisting of archival surveys and ethnographic fieldwork in Sri Lanka. The study also draws on and contributes to broader intellectual discourses of historical geography, subaltern studies, and postcolonial planning theory.