Pradeep Sangapala Arachchige Don, MURP, BSc (Hons)

GTA Principal Instructor, Faculty of Science - Earth & Atmospheric Sciences Admin
Grad Teaching / Research Asst Fellowship, Faculty of Science - Earth & Atmospheric Sciences

Pronouns: "he,him,his";

Contact

GTA Principal Instructor, Faculty of Science - Earth & Atmospheric Sciences Admin
Email
sangapal@ualberta.ca

Grad Teaching / Research Asst Fellowship, 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

Area of Study / Keywords

Planning Urbanism Postcolonial Cities Decolonial Places Human Geography


Research

My Ph.D. dissertation is in the area of history and theory of spatial planning. It explores how the ideological implications of nationalism and ongoing legacies of European colonialism shape postcolonial urban landscapes and planning. In particular, I examine how the first planned urban community in postcolonial Sri Lanka, the New Town Anuradhapura, was created in 1949 and how the country’s postcolonial spatial and planning thinking was shaped. As a ground-up knowledge-building project, this research conceptualizes the crucial role of urban planning in spatializing power relations, ethnic identities and national sentiments in postcolonial nations, especially in South Asia. Methodologically, the analysis relies on archival research and ethnographic field studies that I conducted in Sri Lanka in 2017 and 2019. This study draws on and contributes to broader intellectual discourses of nationalism, colonialism, postcolonial studies, and decolonization from a social space perspective.  

Courses

HGEO 100 - Introduction to Human Geography and Planning

The spatial organization of human landscapes, and significance of the distribution of human activity. Not available to students with credit in HGP 100.


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