Kath Noble

About me

Born and brought up in the UK, I have lived in South Asia for more than a decade.Kath Noble

Colombo was my first home in the region. After a number of years spent working as a researcher for an NGO, focusing on the relationship between the givers and receivers of ‘aid’ and the ways in which ‘free trade’ is anything but liberating, I started to write. Politics has always been a passion of mine, and there was plenty to debate in Sri Lanka. The generation long conflict with the LTTE was moving towards its bloody end, and an administration that had been on the verge of collapse saw its fortunes change dramatically. President Mahinda Rajapaksa suddenly started to look invincible, winning election after election.

I contributed some 200 pieces to national newspapers and magazines between 2007 and 2010. My work also led to a rather curious interlude in which I served as the media advisor to what the Government described as its ‘Peace Secretariat’.

In 2010, I moved to New Delhi to study for an MA in Economics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, where I was awarded a first class degree and the AN Bhat Memorial Prize in 2012.

Between 2012 and 2013, while completing my MPhil entitled “Economic Development and Conflict in Post-War Sri Lanka” – also at Jawaharlal Nehru University – I contributed another 50 or so articles to Sri Lankan media outlets, primarily via a weekly column carried by both The Island and Colombo Telegraph.

Still living in India, I am currently working on a PhD.

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