Iromi Perera
2017 Asia Foundation Development Fellow

Urban Development Policy Researcher, Sri Lanka



Ms. Iromi Perera is a Senior Researcher at the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA), a think tank based in Colombo, and leads Social Indicator, CPA’s public opinion polling unit. Iromi’s research and advocacy focuses on urban development and displacement, specifically looking at the experiences of the Sri Lankan government’s vision to transform the capital city of Colombo into a “world-class city.” In 2015, she was awarded a Fulbright Professional Scholar Fellowship and was based at the Urban Institute in Washington DC. She is also a co-curator of The Picture Press, an online platform that uses photographs as an entry point into broader development issues facing Sri Lanka and South Asia. Perera holds a post graduate diploma in Development Studies from Colombo University, and a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Sociology from Christ College in Bangalore.