Nilushi Kumarasinghe

Nilushi Kumarasinghe

Research Associate

Nilushi works as a Research Associate at Sustainability in the Digital Age (SDA) as well as a Science Officer at Future Earth. She is also part of the Coordination Team for CODES (Coalition for Digital Environmental Sustainability), and acts as the CODES focal point for SDA and Future Earth. She holds experience in research, knowledge dissemination, and project coordination. She has over 5 years of experience working in climate change mitigation and adaptation and sustainable development. She holds a MSc in Environment and Resource Management from VU University Amsterdam (The Netherlands) and a BSc in Environmental Sciences from the University of Southampton (United Kingdom). Nilushi has predominantly worked in the INGO sector with organizations such as the International Union for Conservation of Nature, Wetlands International and different entities within the United Nations system. Prior to this, Nilushi worked as a Sustainability Strategy Consultant developing tools to help strengthen the role of the private sector in sustainable development.

What Nilushi likes to study

  • Climate governance in the digital age
  • Application of digital technology for climate action
  • Climate safe and just digital transformations
  • Sustainability transformations 
  • Decolonizing climate governance

What Nilushi recommends

The following are some interesting internet finds you might want to check out:

How empowering women and girls can help stop global warming (Katharine Wilkinson, TEDWomen 2018)

Mia Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados at the Opening of the #COP26 World Leaders Summit

Confronting parachute science in conservation (de Vos & Schwartz, 2022)

Philanthropy is so White – UK Edition, Decolonizing Wealth Project 

The new political story that could change everything (George Monbiot, TEDSummit 2019)

Southeast Amazonia is no longer a carbon sink (Denning, 2021)

21 Lessons for the 21st Century, Yuval Noah Harari 

Documentary: There’s Something in the Water

Cosmic Queries: StarTalk’s Guide to Who We Are, How We Got Here, and Where We’re Going 

Documentary: Black Holes: The Edge of All We Know

Documentary: Secrets of the Whales, National Geographic 

Fail forward is necessary in our response to climate change (McNamara, 2020)

Digital colonialism (Kwet, 2021)

Diverse diaspora in conservation science (Patel, 2022)

Shoshana Zuboff on surveillance capitalism

A conversation with Anand Giridharadas