Shyamika is trained in Political Science, with a background in International Relations, Critical Peace and Conflict studies. She is interested in exploring issues on global governance with respect to peace and violent conflicts. Her previous research projects have examined a number of topics in the broader areas of conflict, peace, state building and politics with an emphasis on domestic political-economic factors perpetuating civil wars and politics of peace building and state building. She has mainly conducted field work in Sri Lanka. She is interested in researching on methodological issues in peace and conflict studies.
Her current research projects focus on European Union Foreign and Security Policy , Security Sector Reform (SSR ), Civil-Military Relations in external interventions, Nexus of War Economies and Post War Transition and Diaspora Engagement in Post-war Reconciliation and Economic Development.