2017 Asia Foundation Development Fellow

Trustee of the Asia Foundation
Urban Development Policy Researcher, Sri Lanka



Iromi Perera joined The Asia Foundation’s board of trustees in 2019. Iromi Perera is a Colombo based researcher and activist. Her work currently focuses on Sri Lanka’s post war development related issues, specifically evictions and forced displacement in Colombo, contested sacred sites, and eminent domain. At present, she is part of a two year long, three-country multidisciplinary team looking at two cities in South Asia, Lahore in Pakistan and Colombo in Sri Lanka, and focusing on the ways in which urban development projects affect the lives of the urban poor who have been displaced to make way for new infrastructural projects.

She was a senior researcher at the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA), a Sri Lankan public policy research and advocacy think tank, for nine years. Iromi headed CPA’s survey research unit from 2011-2017 and led over 20 national surveys and opinion polls during that time.