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Namika Raby

Title: Professor
Phone: (562) 985-5186
Office: FO3-314

Education History

June, 1990 Trainee, Involuntary Resettlement in Bank-Financed Projects, Asia Technical Division (ASTEN), The World Bank, Washington D.C. 20433.
1986-88 Post-Doctoral Fellow, Professional Development Program, International Irrigation Management Institute (IIMI), Colombo, Sri Lanka.
1978 Ph.D. University of California, San Diego (Anthropology).
1974 M.A. University of California, San Diego (Anthropology). 1970 B.A. University of Ceylon, Peradeniya (Honors in Sociology).
1966 Diploma in Journalism, The Polytechnic, Colombo, Sri Lanka.


Courses Taught

ANTH 120 Introduction to Anthropology
ANTH 412i Culture and Communication

Research Focus and Teaching Specialties

International Development Programs, Ecology and Environment, Ecological Anthropology.



Dr. Namika Raby is a cultural anthropologist specializing in decision making and access in development oriented public organizations. Trained in irrigation management institutions under the Professional Development Program, IWMI, and in Involuntary re-settlement, at the World Bank, she has over twenty five years experience as a researcher and international consultant in the field of community management of water resources in Sri Lanka, India, and the Philippines as well as on current water issues and management in California, USA


Selected Publications

  • 2009 “Building on Innovation: Farmer Managed Irrigation in Sri Lanka,” In, Revitalizing Asia’s Irrigation: To Sustainably Meet Tomorrow’s Food Needs Aditi Mukherj and Thierry Falcon eds. Colombo Sri Lanka: IWMI/FAO/Funded by ADB.
  • 2006, “Water and Culture and Public Action: The Monk, The Clan Elder and the Water Warrior.” One Chapter in, Water: Histories, Cultures, Ecologies,. Perth, Australia: University of West Australia (in press)
  • 2006, “Stella Mendoza: A Water Warrior in Imperial Valley, California.” Once Chapter in, Fluid Bonds:Experience of Women and Water from the North and South. Calcutta, India: Stree Publishers
  • 2000, Participatory Irrigation Management in the Philippines: National Irrigation Systems. In, Case Studies in Participatory Irrigation Management. David Groenfeldt and Mark Svendsen eds. World Bank Institute Learning Resources Series.
  • 1998, Participatory Irrigation Management in the Philippines: National Irrigation Systems. PIM Case StudiesSeries. EDI, World Bank.
  • 1997, Consultant, EA1AN, The World Bank. Design, appraisal, and supervision of the Irrigation Operations Support Project II; supervision of the Communal Irrigation Development Project II, Philippines; and evaluation of Irrigation Operations Support Project I.