My preferred name is Nara, and I use she/her pronouns. I am a Post-Doctoral Fellow at AidData, a Templeton Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute,  a member of the Steering Group,  and a Co-Founder of Diversifying and Decolonising Economics (D-Econ).

My dissertation research was on the political economy of peace and conflict, in particular peace-building and ethnic reconciliation in conflict/post-conflict countries, where my primary case study was Sri Lanka. The work focused on subnational foreign allocation in conflict/non-conflict zones and the intersection of domestic governmental politics and international donor politics.

At Global Research Institute, I work in the AidData  lab, where I research non-traditional aid donors, such as the Gulf Countries and China particularly related to their footprints in the Global South. 


Sritharan, Narayani. "A Comparative Study of Traditional Donors and Non-traditional Donors in Sri Lanka." Orbis 67.4 (2023): 579-604.

Sritharan, Narayani and Jeffrey Crittenden.: " Saudi Arabia is Trying to Use Sports to Repair Its Reputation". InkStick Media. 2023. - Link

Sritharan, Narayani and Yining Li. "Millions of Displaced Ukrainians Need more Financial Support". InkStick Media. 2023. - Link

Carpenter, Charli, Jaeye Baek, Catie Fowler, Isha Mahajan, Jenna Norosky, Nara Sritharan, Imtashal Tariq, Caroline Williams. "Rethinking America's Women, Peace & Security Agenda in Afghanistan". Human Security Lab Briefing Note #2. 2022. - Link

Sritharan, Narayani. "Using GIS to mapping to reframe post-conflict aid distribution - Sri Lanka as a case study".  Security in Context. 2021.- Link

Christensen, Lars, Narayani Sritharan. "EM Bond Snapshot".  Danske Bank Market Research. Sep 2013 - Link

Christensen, Lars, Narayani Sritharan. "EMEA Weekly".  Danske Bank Market Research. Sep 2013 - Link


Sritharan, Narayani, Asad Sami, Ammar A. Malik. "Continuity and change in Saudi Arabia’s Development and Humanitarian Aid."

Sritharan, Narayani. "Unveiling Margins: Women, Caste, Class and Post-War Development in Sri Lanka's North and East". (book chapter)

Horigoshi, Ana and Narayani Sritharan. "Uncovering African Leaders' Perceptions of China's Belt and Road Initiative".  (book chapter)

Sritharan, Narayani, Sarah Wozniak, and Kritikia Jothishankar. "Great Himalayan Chessboard: China, India, and the Geopolitical Gambit in Nepal"

Under Review

Sritharan, Narayani. "How Public Opinions about the Central Government can Affect Reconciliation Processes in Postwar Countries – Evidence from Sri Lanka."

Sritharan, Narayani, and Yining Li. "Countering the Impact of Conflict: An Empirical Analysis of the Impact of Remittances on Investment and Consumption for Internally Displaced Households" 

Work in Progress

Sritharan, Narayani. "Money Talks: How Remittances Contribute to Wealth Creation in Post-Conflict Communities". 

Jonathan A. Solis, Narayani Sritharan, and Sarah Wozniak. "Shaping Perceptions: Chinese Aid, Media Freedom, and Public Attitudes Toward China in Developing Nations". 

Horigoshi, Ana and Narayani Sritharan. "Aid and Corruption". 

Sritharan, Narayani, and Magnus Lundgren. "The Impact of terrorist designations on Aid Allocation: Exploiting a Natural Experiment in Yemen"