Nov 30, 2020

Green Jobs in Sri Lanka: Linkages between environmental sustainability and decent work

This report identifies sectors that could be the drivers of green job creation in Sri Lanka.

For its transition to a green economy, Sri Lanka needs appropriate skills training, education measures and policies, and programmes for skilling and reskilling of workers. A better understanding and implementation of decent work conditions is especially needed, since decent work deficits are persistent features for many South Asian countries.

  • Addressing Green Skills and Knowledge gaps could boost the creation of green jobs in the future.
  • The development of value chains and improved market access could lead to better wages for workers.
  • National policies to determine and define green practices, and to drive its adoption as a business objective could increase the demand for green jobs.
  • Labour unions could play a key role in improving social protection and in addressing decent work deficits and skill needs, in order to ensure a just transition towards a green economy.
  • Creating innovation opportunities for the production and diffusion of new ideas, products, and processes could be fundamental for the transition to a green economy.


Vikrom Mathur

Vikrom believes that interdisciplinary research on cultural attitudes towards nature and technology need to inform contemporary debates on societal futures. His research interests include the governance of emerging technologies, social and cultural dimensions of technological transitions, cultural perceptions of environmental risk, dynamics between science and policy, and Cultural Theory. He is currently setting up India’s first Urban Living Lab in Panjim as a platform to design, test and fine-tune socio-technical innovation in local urban spaces. He has a PhD from the Institute of Science, Society, and Innovation at the University of Oxford.

Zaheb Ahmad

Zaheb is a Research Fellow at Tandem Research. His work explores institutions and governance arrangements in India, anchoring people-centred approaches to the environment and data. Zaheb is currently working on setting up an 'urban living lab' in Panaji - an experimental governance approach, established at the boundaries between research, innovation and policy, for urban sustainability transitions in India. Zaheb holds an LL.M with specialisation in Environmental Law from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, and B.L.S, LL.B from Government Law College, University of Mumbai. His Master’s research deconstructs the functioning of the Environmental Impact Assessment mechanism in India and explores environmental justice implications for impacted communities.