Vindhya Weeratunga


Dr Vindhya Weeratunga is a Lecturer in the School of Business at UNSW, Canberra.

Vindhya is an HR practitioner / CEO turned academic. She draws upon her professional experience in people management to inform her research and increase the relevance and robustness of it. She has an emerging record of research excellence, working independently and collaboratively with researchers in Australia and the US. Her current research projects deal with employee engagement, well-being, future of work, HR practices and different demographic groups, in Australia, Sri Lanka, and the US.

Current research project: Flexible Working in the ACT Public Service. The research examines the impact of flexible working on productivity, wellbeing and effectiveness of ACTPS workers and examine factors that can lead to more effective flexible working including the built environment, and managerial and organisational support. The project is funded by ANZSOG.

Journal articles
Williamson S; Pearce A; Connor J; Weeratunga V; Dickinson H, 2022, 'The future of working from home in the public sector: What does the evidence tell us?', Australian Journal of Public Administration, pp. 1 - 9,
Buick F; Glennie M; Dickinson H; Blackman D; Williamson S; Weeratunga V; Tani M, 2022, Flexible working in the Australian Capital Territory Public Service (ACTPS),
Williamson S; Pearce A; Dickinson H; Weeratunga V; Bucknall F, 2021, Future of Work Literature Review: Emerging trends and issues, Public Service Research Group, UNSW Canberra, Canberra,
  • Engaging employees in a South Asian, developing country – a mixed methods research
     Weeratunga, V., Blackman, D., Cotton, T., Buick F. Presented virtually at the 5th Global Conference on International Human Resource Management, New Your, US, May 2022.  
  • National Culture Has an Impact on Antecedents of Engagement. Or Does It?
     Weeratunga, V., Blackman, D., Cotton, T., Buick F. Presented at the European Academy of Management (EURAM) Conference 2022, Winterthur, Switzerland, June, 2022.  
  • Manifestation of Western employee engagement theories in an Asian context: specifically, Sri Lanka.
Weeratunga, V., Blackman, D., Cotton, T. and Buick, F. Presented at the HR Division International Conference (HRIC) 2019, Dublin, Ireland.  
  • The Role of Education in Inculcating Ethics into the Mainstream of Society.
Weeratunga, V.  Presented at the Alpha Chi National Honour Society Convention, 2004, Michigan, US. Won Best Paper in Education category.


Practitioner articles:

  • Public sector organisations aren’t ready to unleash the power of data, Mandarin, 18 March 2022  
  • Stop fixing women! Start fixing the system, Daily FT, 17 March 2022  
  • Who is responsible for the Easter Attacks? It wasn’t me!  
  • The tale of a National Anthem: What do we know and where do we go from here?
Weeratunga V; Glennie M; Tani Bertuol M; Buick F, 2022, Public sector organisations aren’t ready to unleash the power of data,
Organisational units
lensSchool of Business
lensPublic Service Research Group