2017 Asia Foundation Development Fellow

Urban Development Policy Researcher, Sri Lanka



Iromi Perera is a Colombo-based researcher whose 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”. She was a senior researcher at the public policy research and advocacy think tank Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) in Sri Lanka for nine years. In 2017 she was selected as an Asia Foundation Development Fellow and was a Fulbright Professional Scholar in 2015 and was based at the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C. She is a cocurator 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.