Department of Management, Society and Communication

  • Centre for Business and Development Studies (CBDS)

Room: DH.Ø.2.21
E-mail: swi.msc@cbs.dk
Shyamain Wickramasinghe

I am an economic geographer. My work focus on the political economy of global production networks with an emphasis on inter-firm relations, uneven development, and labour regimes. I am particularly curious about the intersection of the Global North and the Global South in governing global production networks / value chains and their development outcomes across time and space. Currently I am working on a project funded by the Danish International Development Agency (Danida) to examine climate change and value chain transition in Bangladesh. My research in this project aims to understand the concept of ‘nation branding’ and the transition to sustainable manufacturing in producing countries.

Primary research areas
  • Political economy of global production networks/value chains
  • Labour regimes
  • Climate change and value chain transition
  • Ethical sourcing
  • Sustainable development
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Selected publications

Academic publications

Wickramasingha, Shyamain (forthcoming). "Constructing (im)perfect geographical knowledge: Negotiating positionality in comparative field sites". The Professional Geographer.

Wickramasingha, Shyamain. (forthcoming). “Work and life of Sri Lankan garment factory workers.” In: Ruwanpura, Kanchana., Abeysekera, Asha. and Mohamed-Saleem, Amjad. (eds) Handbook on contemporary Sri Lanka. Routledge, London.

Wickramasingha, Shyamain. (2020). “Labour regimes in global production networks – Comparing the Bangladeshi and Sri Lankan apparel industries. PhD thesis. Scholar Bank, National University of Singapore.

Wickramasinghe, Shyamain. and Gray, Rob. (2015). “Standards of performance in the supply chain: The (un) reliability of assurance and surveillance in the garment industry.” Social Business, 5(4), 323-341.
Other publications
Wickramasingha, Shyamain. (forthcoming). “Re-imagining vulnerabilities: Impact of the Covid19 pandemic on informal migrant apparel workers in Sri Lanka”. Working Paper Series. International Center for Ethnic Studies, Colombo.

Wickramasingha, Shyamain (forthcoming). “Living for the day: Informality, gender, and precarious work in the Sri Lankan apparel industry. SSA Polity.

Wickramasingha, Shyamain. (2022). “Garments without Guilt? Global Labour Justice and Ethical Codes in Sri Lankan Apparels” (Ruwanpura, Kanchana, 2022) SSA Polity.


Publications sorted by:
Shyamain Wickramasingha; Neil M. Coe / Conceptualizing Labor Regimes in Global Production Networks : Uneven Outcomes across the Bangladeshi and Sri Lankan Apparel Industries.
In: Economic Geography, Vol. 98, No. 1, 2022, p. 68-90
Journal article > peer review
Shyamain Wickramasingha / Intenational Civil Society Organizations and Temporalities of Labour Regimes : A Case Study from the Bangladeshi Apparel Industry.
In: Labour Regimes and Global Production. ed. /Elena Baglioni; Liam Campling; Neil Coe; Adrian Smith. Newcastle upon Tyne : Agenda Publishing 2022, p. 229-246 (Economic Transformations)
Book chapter > peer review
Shyamain Wickramasingha / Multi-stakeholder Initiatives through the Lens of Labour Regimes : Towards a Heuristic Analytical Framework.
In: Geoforum, Vol. 137, 12.2022, p. 1-11
Journal article > peer review
Shyamain Wickramasingha; Geert De Neve / The Collective Working Body : Rethinking Apparel Workers' Health and Well-being during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Sri Lanka.
In: Global Labour Journal, Vol. 13, No. 3, 9.2022, p. 322-339
Journal article > peer review
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