Risini’s PhD is titled, The Construction of Spaces of Spas and the Identity of the Masseuse in Sri Lanka. Being puzzled by the ambivalent nature of the spaces of spas in Sri Lanka which has become a social taboo in the wider Sri Lankan society, her study critically examines the intersection of the construction of the spatial organization of spa and the construction of the identity of the masseuse in the broader socio-cultural environment of Sri Lanka. The study adopts a qualitative approach while being theoretically informed by the socially constructed view of space and identity. Risini is also an academic of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka.
Centre Supervisors: Deanna Grant-Smith and Robyn Mayes