The Roads Project

Sri Lanka

Post-war Infrastructure, Sri Lanka

Kanchana Ruwanpura and Deborah Menezes focus on post-war Sri Lanka’s infrastructure projects. They will explore the vast scale road building that taking place as a means of nation building, where fragile ethnic relations and environmental change also needs to be negotiated. The research will unpack how each of these registers are negotiated in the everyday cultures of road builders, planners and those affected by such mega projects; and what outcomes emerge when these vectors are inter-laced with complexities such as class, ethnicity and gender.