Isuru Samaratunga is a Senior Researcher at LIRNEasia. He is currently engaged in ICT-related qualitative research projects on low-income market segments and communities of persons with disabilities in Sri Lanka, India and Nepal. The research projects are focused in providing policy recommendations for relevant entities and developing IT solutions for those communities through hackathon programmes.
He has expertise in inductive approach of qualitative data analysis and use of research findings for human-centered design, which was the approach used in PWD researches he engaged. He also works in cyber security and privacy with special attention to marginalized communities. He has experience in social impact assessment and retail industry as a researcher.
Isuru’s main interest is in enhancing the value of qualitative data in research projects.
Isuru holds an MSc in Sociology from the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and post-graduate qualifications from University of Cambridge, United Kingdom and University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka.