Pradeep Sangapala Arachchige Don, MURP, BSc (Hons)
Grad Teaching / Research Asst Fellowship, Faculty of Science - Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
School of Urban and Regional Planning Earth Sciences Building
11223 Saskatchewan Drive NWEdmonton ABT6G 2E3
Area of Study / Keywords
Planning Urbanism Postcolonial Cities
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.
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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