NIGEL NUGAWELA

Archivist in Colombo, Sri Lanka

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I'm an archivist interested in archives for justice, building community and participatory archives, human rights archiving, oral history practice, and archival ethics. I'm currently an Associate Member of the International Council on Archives (ICA).

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I was the Archiving Officer and Research Coordinator of the CTF Archiving Project, one of the first initiatives to comprehensively archive the records of a state-sanctioned consultation process on transitional justice.

Prior to this, I worked as a Researcher for the Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms (CTF), a body of civil society experts appointed by the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka to conduct consultations on the mechanisms for truth, justice, reparations and non-recurrence.

I have also worked at the Centre for Policy Alternatives (2009 - 2012) and at Groundviews.org (2009 - 2012). I currently work as an Archivist at the Memory Culture Unit of the Strengthening Reconciliation Processes in Sri Lanka (SRP) programme, which is implemented by GIZ.

I read for an MA (Hons) in Politics at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. In 2018, I was awarded a Chevening scholarship to read for an MA in Archives and Records Management (ARM) at University College London, where I was awarded the Sir Hilary Jenkinson Prize (2018/19) as a student of distinction in the ARM programme.

  • Work
    • Memory Culture Unit - SRP/GIZ
  • Education
    • MA ARM (UCL)
    • MA Hons. (Edinburgh)