While her academic background is in law, Vidya has been working on several economic issues such as non-tariff barriers, trade facilitation, budgetary analysis, and competition related topics. She has worked with stakeholders from private sector chambers, regional chambers and policy makers on initiatives to facilitate more open and transparent policy making in Sri Lanka. She has also worked on a wide range of projects within the development sector relating to land rights, right to information, pharmaceutical policy, media ownership, environmental protection and constitution reform, among others. Her research on the issue of mechanized bottom trawling in Sri Lankan waters led to a national campaign followed by a legislation passed in Parliament to ban bottom trawling in Sri Lanka. Vidya has also completed her Sri Lankan Bar Exams and worked part time as a Junior Counsel to Senior Counsel Viran Corea on fundamental rights and constitutional law cases. She received the LLB from the University of London in 2011 and completed her LLM in International Development Law and Human Rights at the University of Warwick, having received a fully funded Commonwealth Shared Scholarship.