Dr Rebecca Walker


Rebecca Walker is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh where her doctoral work focused on various aspects of everyday violence in Eastern Sri Lanka, in particular the effects of the protracted civil war on Sri Lankan Tamil women.

From 2004-2007 she lived and worked with a human rights group in Batticaloa, Eastern Sri Lanka dealing with the escalation of violence in the wake of the breakdown of the ceasefire and resumption of war. Rebecca’s research focuses on the kinds of support networks that emerge in contexts of risk and fear and how women come together to work through and beyond violence.

She is currently working on a book project entitled Enduring Violence: Everyday life in conflict in Eastern Sri Lanka, which will be published by Manchester University Press. Rebecca has also worked extensively with local NGOs in northern Sri Lanka both before and immediately after the Tsunami.

In her second year of her Post-doctoral fellowship at The Centre for Indian Studies in Africa (CISA) Rebecca is working on a number of different projects which bring together an understanding of war-time and post-conflict Sri Lanka with an exploration of post-Apartheid South Africa.

Rebecca is currently volunteering and carrying out research at women’s shelter in downtown Johannesburg, housed in a building which used to be the Pass Office for non-European men under the Apartheid regime. She is also working with a local NGO who deal with migrant women affected by violence and abuse.




  • Enduring Violence and the Question of the Ordinary in Contemporary Sri Lanka. Manchester: Manchester University Press (forthcoming 2012).
  •  ‘Unfinished Pasts and Small Beginnings: Exploring Strategies of Endurance and Networks of Support amongst Women in Eastern Sri Lanka’ in South Asian Feminists: Politics and Possibilities. Srila Roy (ed) London: Zed Press (forthcoming).
  •  ‘Taking a back seat – the uses and misuses of space in a context of war and natural disaster’ Humanitarianism and Responsibility: A Special Issue of The Journal of Human Rights (forthcoming 2012)
  • ‘Violence, the Everyday and the Question of the Ordinary’. Journal Of Contemporary South Asia Vol. 26. March 2010.
  • Impressions of Jaffna’. Polity (Previously Published As Pravada) Vol. 1. No 1. February 2003.