Our Vision

Vision

Our vision is to establish an interdisciplinary and collaborative platform to undertake education and research on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).

Strategic Goals

  1. To conduct research and disseminate knowledge related to Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) that makes an impact within the Sri Lankan and global context
  2. To provide strategic input and practical guidance to policy makers and disaster management practitioners
  3. To promote multi-disciplinary collaboration for DRR research, teaching, training and development within the national, and international context
  4. To develop and promote CPD and Postgraduate programmes for the disaster management
  5. To develop and assist Undergraduate and Postgraduate Research community researching on DRR related research within the university and in Sri Lanka

Research Topics

Research Interests
Disaster Management
Disaster Resilience
Disaster and Culture
Post Disaster Reconstruction
Build Back Better

Projects

Wind Induced Damages to Roofs and Mitigation: A Sri Lankan Case Study 
Research Student: Ms Biyanka Ekanayake    Research Supervisor: Dr. Udayangani Kulatunga
This research investigates the factors affecting the wind impact on roofs and the strategies to mitigate those impacts through a qualitative research approach. It further explores the current measures undertaken in this context and challenges in materialising the desired objectives. This is a 4 months project funded by the Senate Research Committee (SRC) short term grants of University of Moratuwa.

Use of Big Data for Emergency Warning: The Case of Sri Lanka
Research Supervisor: Dr. Udayangani Kulatunga
Big Data provides the opportunity to gather more information in a lesser time. Hence, Big Data is identified as a great catalyst for disaster response and, for better understanding on the damage situation and decision-making. The intervention of Sri Lankan service providers for a successful evacuation during disasters and extraction of Big Data on the human behavioural patterns during disasters to identify the evacuation pathways and communities with high risk are still in a primary stage. Therefore, this project aims to enhance the use of Big Data for disaster resilience in Sri Lanka with reference to emergency warning. This is a 4 months project funded by the Senate Research Committee (SRC) short term grants of University of Moratuwa.   

Use of Social Media for Disaster Management (Undergraduate thesis)
Student: Ms Archchana Shandraseharan  Research Supervisor: Dr. Udayangani Kulatunga
In Sri Lanka, though there are enough techniques used to identify the disasters, they are not sufficient for Early Warning. In addition to this, the available EW techniques also only capable to disseminate urgent alerts to the affected areas while this restriction made the process ineffective in disaster management. Due to this lack of effectiveness in EW systems, it makes catastrophic effects to the people and property. Though Kim et al. (2016) suggested the social media can be one of the best solutions which can enhance the effectiveness of EW system all over the world, it has not extensively explored with prior to the Sri Lankan context. This research is focusing on enhancing the EW stage of disaster management in Sri Lanka and improve the quality of assistance provided to people related to disaster management in terms of EW through social media. 

Improving resilience of coastal communities funded by GCRF for initial data collection
A collaborative project that aims to carry out an assessment of physical and economic coastal vulnerability of South Asia. It will build an economic and social index and combined index in order to improve the resilience of coastal communities to the impact of natural disasters

Objectives 

  • Develop a combined coastal vulnerability index
  • Make recommendations for enhanced management of coastal vulnerability and disaster risks
  • Contribute to increased resilience of coastal communities in the respective countries

This work will be the first study which will assess the physical; fiscal; infrastructural; and sociological impacts. Information will be gathered from satellite and drone imagery; farmers, agricultural workers, fishermen, local men and women and school children

Focussing on India, the Philippines, China and Sri Lanka

Partners:

  • UK - Solent University (Lead), University College London, University of West of England
  • India - University of Delhi, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Anand Agricultural University, Institute of Economic Growth, Indian Space Research Organisation, Indian Institution of Technology, Kharagpur
  • Philippines - Da La Salle University, Local Government Academy, Makati, Manila, Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office
  • China - Chinese Academy of Sciences,
  • Sri Lanka - University of Moratuwa

The Team

Our Team at University of Moratuwa

Centre Advisors

Prof. Lalith De Silva

BSc. (BE), MSc. Arch (Moratuwa), RIBA, FIA (SL)
Dean, Faculty of Architecture
Professor in Built Environment, Department of Building Economics,

Prof. Prian Dias
B.Sc. (Eng) Hons. (Moratuwa), PhD (University of London), PG Diploma, DIC (Imperial College)
Senior Professor, Department of Civil Engineering

Director

Dr Udayangani Kulatunga

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B.Sc. (QS) Hons, PhD (UK), FHEA (UK), PGCAP (UK)

Senior Lecturer, Department of Building Economics

Dr Kulatunga joined Department of Building Economics, Universty of Moratuwa in February 2018. Before joining University of Moratuwa, Dr Udayangani Kulatunga was a Reader at the School of the Built Environment, University of Salford UK. She was also the Director of the flagship research group, the Centre for Disaster Resilience, University of Salford.

Research Interests

Disaster Management, Culture and Disaster Risk Reduction, Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction

Selected Disaster related Projects or Networks/ Industry and Government Collaborations

  • Principal Investigator: Evaluation of wind induced damages on roofs, Senate Research Grants, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
  • Co-Investigator: A Collaborative Multi-agency Platform for Building Resilient Communities
  • funded by the EPSRC research council,
  • Principal Investigator: Risk perception when responding to man-made disasters, School of the Built Environment, University of Salford, UK
  • Principal investigator: Challenges of data collection from crisis affected regions, School of the Built Environment, University of Salford, UK

Selected Publications related to Disaster Management

 

  • Kantamaneni, K.; Sudha Rani, N.; Rice, L.; Sur, K.; Thayaparan, M.; Kulatunga, U.; Rege, R.; Yenneti, K.; Campos, L.C. A, (2019), Systematic Review of Coastal Vulnerability Assessment Studies along Andhra Pradesh, India: A Critical Evaluation of Data Gathering, Risk Levels and Mitigation Strategies. Water, 11(2) , 393.
  • Al-Dahash, H & Kulatunga, U 2018, Challenges Facing the Controlling Stage of the Disaster Response Management Resulting from War Operations and Terrorism in Iraq, Proceedia Economics and Finance, 212, pp. 863-870
  • Salamati Nia, SP and Kulatunga, U 2017, 'Safety and security of hospitals during natural disasters : challenges of disaster managers' , International Journal of Safety and Security Engineering, 7 (2) , pp. 234-246.
  • Wedawatta, G, Kulatunga, U, Amaratunga, D and Ahmed, P 2016, 'Disaster risk reduction infrastructure requirements for South-Western Bangladesh : perspectives of local communities', Built Environment Project and Asset Management, 6 (4)
  • Jogia J, Kulatunga U, Yates G.P, and Wedawatta, G 2014, Culture and the psychological impacts of natural disasters: Implications for disaster management and disaster mental health, Built and Human Environment Review, 7.1, pp. 15-25.
  • Al-Dahash, H & Kulatunga, U 2014, 'Evaluation of the System of Disaster Management Resulting from War Operations and Terrorism in Iraq', Proceedia Economics and Finance, 18(C), pp.900-907.

Dr. Chandana Siriwardana

B.Sc. (Eng) Hons. (Moratuwa), MSc (Tokyo), PhD (Calgary)

Senior Lecturer, Department of Civil Engineering

Dr. Chandana Siriwardana is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. Dr. Chandana obtained his Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering, with Project Management Specialization from the University of Calgary, Canada. He holds a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering, Specialized in Coastal Engineering from University Tokyo, Japan with the Monbukagakusho Scholarship.

Dr. Chandana is engaged with many international research projects in Disaster Risk Reduction and Disaster Risk Management funded by Erasmas+ (EU), EPSRC (UK) and GCRF (UK). Furthermore, he collaborates with the Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka for the “Safe Hospitals" initiative and for developing construction guidelines for Dengue control. He is also currently participating in a short-term project HEARTS-SL with the University College of London to develop Rapid Visual Assessment system to assess vulnerability of hospitals against tsunamis and storm surges.  

Research Interests

Emergency management, Risk assessment, Disaster management and Disaster Risk Reduction, Construction and project management

Selected Disaster related Projects or Networks/ Industry and Government Collaborations

  • A Collaborative Multi-agency Platform for Building Resilient Communities: MOBILISE project funded by the EPSRC research council
  • Advancing Skill Creation to ENhance Transformation (ASCENT) project, funded by Erasmus+ programme of the Europe Union
  • Capacity Building in Asia for Resilience EducaTion (CABARET) project, funded by Erasmus+ programme of the Europe Union
  • HEART-SL project in collaboration with University College London, UK and Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka

 Selected Publications related to Disaster Management

  • Editor-Book of Abstracts and Proceedings: International Conference on Capacity Building for Research & Innovation in Disaster Resilience, Colombo, Sri Lanka

  • C. S. A. Siriwardana, G. P. Jayasiri, and S. S. L. Hettiarachchi, ‘Investigation of efficiency and effectiveness of the existing disaster management frameworks in Sri Lanka’, Procedia Eng., vol. 212, pp. 1091–1098, 2018.

  • P. Dissanayake, S. Hettiarachchi, and C. Siriwardana, ‘Increase in Disaster Risk due to inefficient Environmental Management, Land use policies and Relocation Policies. Case studies from Sri Lanka’, Procedia Eng., vol. 212, pp. 1326–1333, 2018.

  • G. P. Jayasiri, C. S. A. Siriwardena, S. S. L. Hettiarachchi, P. B. R. Dissanayake, and C. S. Bandara, ‘Evaluation of Community Resilience Aspects of Sri Lankan Coastal Districts’, Int. J. Adv. Sci. Eng. Inf. Technol., vol. 8, no. 5, pp. 2161–2167, Oct. 2018.

  • W. D. M. Kularatne, C. S. A. Siriwardana, and H. H. H. Hasalanka, ‘Investigation of emergency and disaster management of hospitals in Sri Lanka; a pilot study’, presented at the International Conference on Sustainable Built Environment, Kandy, Sri Lanka, 2018.

  • H. H. H. Hasalanka, C. S. A. Siriwardana, N. W. A. N. Y. Wijesekara, and K. A. L. C. Kodituwakku, ‘Development of a tool to assess structural safety of Sri Lankan hospitals under disaster conditions’, presented at the International Conference on Sustainable Built Environment, 2018.

  • A. L. M. Rizath, C. S. A. Siriwardana, "Assessment of Critical Success Factors (CSFs) for the Deployment of Construction Risk Management Practices in Sri Lanka" International Journal of Civil Engineering., vol. 7, no.5, pp. 1-12, 2018

Dr Dilum Bandara

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B.Sc (Hons) Computer Science Engineering, M.S. and Ph.D in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Colorado State University
Senior Lecturer, Computer Science and Engineering
Research Interests
IoT (Internet of Things), Data Engineering, Distributed Systems (Cloud, P2P, and HPC), and network security, as well as multidisciplinary applications of those technologies.
Selected Disaster related Projects or Networks/ Industry and Government Collaborations

Selected Publications related to Disaster Management

  • K.A.G. Udeshani and H.M.N.D. Bandara, “Detection of Weather Anomalies and Events of Interest Using Complex Event Processing,” Island Studies, University of Seychelles. (to appear)
  • H.M.C. Chandrathilake, H.T.S. Hewawitharana, R.S. Jayawardana, A.D.D. Viduranga, H.M.N.D. Bandara, S. Marru, and S. Perera, “Reducing Computational Time of Closed-Loop Weather Monitoring: A Complex Event Processing and Machine Learning Based Approach,” In Proc. 2nd Moratuwa Engineering Research Conference (MERCon 2016), Apr. 2016.
  • H.M.N.D. Bandara, A.P. Jayasumana, and M. Zink, “Radar Networking in Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of Atmosphere: State of the Art and Research Challenges,” In Proc. IEEE Globecom workshop on Radar and Sonar Networks, Dec. 2012.

Dr Menaha Thyaparan

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B.Sc. (QS) Hons, PhD (UK)
Senior Lecturer, Department of Building Economics

Dr.Thayaparan joined University of Moratuwa in September 2018. Before joining, she served as a Senior Lecturer in Quantity Surveying at London South Bank University (LSBU) for 2 years. Before that, Menaha was a research fellow at University of Salford. She was the lead researcher attached to Centre for Disaster Resilience. 
Research Interests
Disaster resilience, higher education, lifelong learning, women in construction, built environment
Selected Disaster related Projects or Networks/ Industry and Government Collaborations

  • UK Coordinator (London South Bank University, UK) of the Researcher Links Workshop on Social Ecological Resilience to River Floods and Coastal Disasters that was held from 16-20 July 2018 at Blumenau, Brazil in partnership with Regional University of Blumenau, Brazil. Project funded by British Council and FAPESC (£42K). The workshop provided a platform for Early Career Researchers to collaborate on a long term basis. Post-workshop activities are undertaken in terms of produce additional publications on the workshop.
  • Lead Researcher (University of Salford, UK) of Horizon 2020 DRS-9-2014 Disaster Resilience and Climate Change topic1: A panEuropean framework for strengthening Critical Infrastructure resilience to climate change (EU-CIRCLE), Full Project Value: 7.2million Euros with 21 partners, Salford’s component: £218,388 (307,000 Euros). Led a work package on resilience framework for critical infrastructure in Europe (May 2015-July 2016)
  • Research Fellow (University of Salford), Newton Fund under the Newton Institutional Links programme for developing a resilient built environment extreme weather events in Malaysia with the partner institution Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM). The project is titled “CLimate Impacts in Malaysia: Attenuation Through an Integrated Safer built Environment (CLIMATISE). The total value of the project is £80,642 over a period of one year. This project aimed to evaluate and develop built environment specific strategies for adaptation and mitigation of EWEs in Malysia with national and international collaboration of academics, practitioners and professional bodies (May 2015-July 2016)

Selected Publications related to Disaster Management

 

  • Kantamaneni, K.; Sudha Rani, N.; Rice, L.; Sur, K.; Thayaparan, M.; Kulatunga, U.; Rege, R.; Yenneti, K.; Campos, L.C. A, (2019), Systematic Review of Coastal Vulnerability Assessment Studies along Andhra Pradesh, India: A Critical Evaluation of Data Gathering, Risk Levels and Mitigation Strategies. Water, 11(2) , 393
  • Kulatunga, U., Pathirage, C. Thayaparan, M. Sulaiman, N. (2016), Vulnerability Assessment for Climate-Induced Disasters in Malaysia, in:  7th International Conference on Sustainable Built Environment 2016 (ICSBE), 16th - 18th December, Earl’s Regency Hotel, Kandy, Sri Lanka.
  • Al-Dahash, H, Thayaparan, M and Kulatunga, U. (2016), Understanding the terminologies: disaster, crisis and emergency , in: Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM), 5th -7th September, Manchester, UK
  • Thayaparan, M., Ingirige, B.I., Pathirage, C., Kulatunga, U and Fernando, T. (2016), A Resilience Framework for Critical Infrastructure, in: 12th International conference of the International Institute for Infrastructure Resilience and Reconstruction, 5th -7th August, Kandy Sri Lanka.
  • Al-Dahash, H, Thayaparan, M and Kulatunga, U. (2016), Challenges during disaster response planning resulting from war operations and terrorism in Iraq , in: 12th International conference of the International Institute for Infrastructure Resilience and Reconstruction, 5th -7th  August, Kandy Sri Lanka.
  • Noralfishah, S, Thayaparan, M, Haidaliza, M and Kulatunga, U. (2015), Impact of flood disaster in Malaysia : a case study on public hospitals, in: The 11th Annual International Conference of the International Institute for Infrastructure Resilience and Reconstruction (I3R2): Complex Disasters and Disaster Risk Management, 27-29 August 2015, University of Seoul, Korea.

Dr. T. Uthayasanker

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BSc Eng. (Hons) (Moratuwa), PhD (U. Georgia),
Senior Lecturer, Department of Computer Science Engineering
Research Interests
Big data, Machine Learning, Data Science
Selected Disaster related Projects or Networks/ Industry and Government Collaborations

  • Landslide Modelling and Warning, Crop Yield Prediction & Road Accident Modelling Collaboration NBRO, Ministry of Financ

Dr Chethika Abenayake

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B.Sc (Hons) Town and Country Planning, PhD in system safety engineering from the Nagaoka University of Technology.

Senior Lecturer, Department of Town & Country Planning

Chethika Abenayake has been teaching disaster management and Planning for Risk & Uncertainty in the Department of Town & Country Planning since 2012. Dr. Abenayake is a charted town planner and a professionally qualified environmental planner.

Research Interests

Resilience Engineering; Climate Change Adaptation; Resilient communities and Cities

Selected Disaster related Projects or Networks/ Industry and Government Collaborations

  • Environmental planner, Capacity building to empower government officers (Planning and Development) to develop Climate Resilient Village Development Plans (CRVDPs) in Madirigiriya, Lankapura and Walapane DSDs, Climate Change Adaptation in Water and Agriculture Sector (C-CAP II), United Nations Development Programme, Sri Lanka (2018)
  • Environment planner, Climate resilient action Plans for Coastal urban areas of Sri Lanka (CCSL). Norwegian Institute of Water Research (NIVA), University of Moratuwa -Sri Lanka (2011-2013)
  • Environment planner, Vulnerability Mapping - Kesbewa Urban Council Area, RUAF Foundation, The Netherlands, University of Moratuwa -Sri Lanka (2012)

Selected Publications related to Disaster Management

  • Abenayake, C. C., Mikami, Y., Matsuda, Y., & Jayasinghe, A. (2018). Ecosystem services-based composite indicator for assessing community resilience to floods. Environmental Development, 27, 34-46
  • Abenayake, C. C., Mikami,Y., and Matsuda, Y. (2018) Validate Geospatial Indicators for Assessing Community Resilience Capacities to Floods; A System-Performance-Based Approac. Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences, 13 (13): 4949-4960
  • C Abenayake, M Yoshiki, A Marasinghe, Y Takashi, I Masahiro:  Applicability of extra-local methods for assessing community resilience to disasters: A case of Sri Lanka.  Journal of Environmental Assessment Policy and Management. 2016; 18(2):  1-28, 1650010, doi.org/10.1142/S1464333216500101
  • Edith S. Ranjan, C Chethika Abenayake:  A Study on Community's Perception on Disaster Resilience Concept. 4th International Conference on Building Resilience, 8-11 September 2014, Salford Quays, United Kingdom, Procedia Economics and Finance. Elsevier Publishers 2014. 4, 88-94
  • P.K.S. Mahanama, C.Chethika Abenyake, Amila Jayasinghe: Batticaloa, Sri Lanka: Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment.  Edited by Jessica Pelham 01/2013; United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat).URL:http://www.fukuoka.unhabitat.org/programmes/ccci/pdf/SRL6_Vulnerability_Assessment_NMC.pdf

 

Dr Aparna Samaraweera

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B.Sc. (Hons) QS, PhD in Culture in Construction, University of Moratuwa

Senior Lecturer, Department of Building Economics
Research Interests
Project Culture
Selected Disaster related Projects or Networks/ Industry and Government Collaborations

  • Research project as a co-investigator with Dr.Udayangani Kulatunga to study the cultural basic assumptions of Sri Lankans towards disasters to suggest better strategies for disaster management.

Dr Pournima Sridarran

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    B.Sc (Hons) FM, PhD in Disaster Management, University of Huddersfield
    Lecturer (Contract), Department of Building Economics

    Research Interests
    Disaster Resilience, Resettlements, Facilities, Assets Management, and Building Performance
    Selected Publications related to Disaster Management

    • Sridarran, P., Keraminiyage, K., and Fernando, N. (2018). Acceptance to be the Host of a Resettlement Programme: A Literature Review. Procedia Engineering. Vol 212, pp. 962-969, doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.proeng.2018.01.124
    • Sridarran, P., Keraminiyage, K., and Amaratunga, D. (2018). Enablers and barriers of adapting post-disaster resettlements. Procedia Engineering. Vol 212, pp. 125-132, doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.proeng.2018.01.017
    • Sridarran, P., Keraminiyage, K., and Amaratunga, D. (2017). Adaptable built-environment as a potential strategy to sustain post-disaster resettlements in Sri Lanka. In: Proceedings of 9th International Conference of Faculty of Architecture Research Unit (FARU), University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka.
    • Sridarran, P., Keraminiyage, K., and Amaratunga, D. (2016). Consequences of involuntary relocations that affect the process of recovery: A literature review. In: Proceedings of the 6th International Building Resilience Conference. University of Auckland. New Zealand.
    • Sridarran, P., Keraminiyage, K., and Amaratunga, D. (2016). Community integration and participation to improve the built environment of the Post-Disaster Involuntary Relocations. In: Proceedings of the 12th International conference on the International Institute for Infrastructure Resilience and Reconstruction. University of Peradeniya. Department of Civil Engineering, Kandy, Sri Lanka.

    Dr Adeesha Wijayasiri

    Dr Adeesha Wijesiri

    B.Sc (Hons) (Computer Science & Engineering), University of Moratuwa, MSc, PhD Computer Engineering, University of Florida

    Lecturer, Computer Science and Engineering

    Research Interests

    Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), GPU implementation of CMT-Nek, Video Summarization methods using human computer interaction

    Ms Biyanka Ekanayake

    Biyanka Ekanayake

    B.Sc (Hons) FM, M.Sc (by Research)
    Research Scholar, Department of Building Economics

    Research Interests

    Carbon Footprint, Value Management, Disaster Management, Augmented Reality
    Selected Disaster related Projects or Networks/ Industry and Government Collaborations

    • Research Assistant- Collaborative research project, “Developing a Digital Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction: Defining case studies of the MOBILISE project” with University of Salford, UK
    • Research Scholar- Research project “Evaluation of Wind Induced Damages to Roofs” under the supervision of Dr Udayangani Kulatunga

    Mr. Chameera Randil

    BSc (Hons) Eng.
    Research Assistant, Department of Civil Engineering

    Research Interests
    Disaster Risk Reduction, Structural Engineering

    Selected Disaster related Projects or Networks/ Industry and Government Collaborations

    • Project MOBILISE for proposing collaborative multi-agency platforms for building resilient communities

    • Reading for Master's: Quantifying and evaluating the impacts for a system after a disaster, under the supervision of Dr. Chandana Siriwardana

     Selected Publications related to Disaster Management

    • Editor-Book of Abstracts and Proceedings: International Conference on Capacity Building for Research & Innovation in Disaster Resilience, Colombo, Sri Lanka

    • Rathnayake, W.K.D., Randil, O.P.C., Siriwardana, C.S.A., 2018. The Context of Disaster Management Framework of Sri Lanka and Development of an Evaluation Framework to Assess, in: Disaster Risk Reduction. Presented at the International Conference on Sustainable Built Environment, Kandy, p. 10.

    • Chamal Perera, Chandana Siriwardana, Chameera Randil, “Importance of Community Resilience Measurement Approaches with the Change of Climate in the Field of Disaster Resilience and its Applicability in the Sri Lankan Context”, 9th International Conference on Sustainable Built Environment (ICSBE 2018), Kandy, Sri Lanka

    • O.P.C.Randil, Champika Liyanage, Felix Villalba-Romero, Chandana Siriwardana, Chamal Perera, Harkunti P.Rahayu, “Financing Instruments to Ensure DRR Compliance in PPP Port Projects”, Advancing Skill Creation to Enhance Transformation (ASCENT) Conference 2019, Colombo, Sri Lanka

     

     

    Publications

    International Collaborations

    Project MOBILISE- A Collaborative Multi-Agency Platform for Building Resilient Communities

    Currently, we work in collaboration with the international research project, MOBILISE. This project is funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) in UK and it aims to develop a digital infrastructure that can offer intelligence to a range of agencies and stakeholders to work together to reduce the impact of natural disasters on communities. In the Sri Lankan context, flooding in Kaduwela area has been selected as the case study for this project. We work in collaboration with numerous stakeholders such as University of Colombo, Disaster Management Center,  Sri Lanka Land Reclamation & Development Corporation, Urban Development Authority, National Building Research Organisation etc. 

    http://www.mobilise-project.org.uk/index.html

    International Networks

    Meeting with Researchers from University of Auckland - 17th January 2019

    Dr Sandeeka Mannakkara and Mr Rizwan Ali, a PhD Candidate met with Dr Udayangani and other researchers to discuss about their research on critical transitions that occur between post-disaster phases.

    Meeting with the researchers from University of Auckland

    Our Partners

    Professor Terrence Fernando
    Scientific Director of the THINKlab (www.salford.ac.uk/thinklab) at the University of Salford
    PhD Computer Science (UMIST), MSc Microprocessor Engineering & Digital Electronics (UMIST), BSc (Hons) Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering (University of Moratuwa)
    Professor Terrence Fernando is the Director of the THINKlab. He has a broad background in conducting multi-disciplinary research programmes involving many research teams in areas such as distributed virtual engineering, virtual building construction, driving simulations, virtual prototyping, urban simulation and maintenance simulation. He has been leading a large GCRF funded projects, managed by EPSRC, to develop a “Collaborative Multi-agency Platform for Building Resilient Communities” (MOBILISE) since 2017.This project aims to develop a digital infrastructure that can offer intelligence to a range of agencies in Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Malaysia to work together to reduce the impact of disasters such as floods and landslides on communities.  
    Contact: T.Fernando@salford.ac.uk

    Professor Srikantha Herath
    Team Leader- Center for Urbn Water 
    http://www.curwsl.org
    Ph.D., Civil Engineering, 
    M.Eng., Water Resource Engineering, B.Sc. Eng., Civil Engineering

    Professor Cristiane Mansur de Moraes Souza
    Regional University of Blumenau, Brazil, Researcher Links Workshop on Social Ecological Resilience to Flood and Coastal Disasters which was held between 16th – 20th July, 2018 in Blumenau, Brazil. The following post-workshop activities are undertaken by Dr.Menaha Thayaparan, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka (former UK Coordinator) and Professor Cristiane Mansur de Moraes Souza, Regional University of Blumenau, Brazil (former Brazil Coordinator);

    • Publication of workshop handbook – completed and published electronically in January 2019 available at (link will be available soon)
    • A white paper based on the case study findings of the workshop

    Dr. Yamuna Kaluarachchi
    Associate Professor, School of the Built Environment and Architecture, London South Bank University, UK. Joint research collaborations are undertaken on the following subject areas;

    • Community Resilience
    • Green infrastructure
    • Education and Sustainable Development

    Dr. Kanchana Ginige
    Lecturer, Northumbria University, UK. Joint research collaborations are undertaken on the following subject areas;

    • Disaster Resilience
    • Gender mainstreaming in disaster

    Professor Siri Hettige
    Professor Emeritus of Sociology, University of Colombo
    Ph.D (Monash, Australia), B.Phil. (sociology)University of Colombo, B.A. (Hons.) University of Colombo
    Professor Siri Hettige is a collaborator of the Project MOBILISE representing University of Colombo
    Contact: hettigesiri@gmail.com

    Plnr. Nishamani Priyanwadha Abeyratne

    Research & Development Unit, Urban Development Authority (UDA)

    MSc. Biodiversity, Ecotourism and Environment Management (University of Peradeniya), BSc. (Hons) Town & Country Planning (University of Moratuwa)

    Charted Town Planner Institute of Town Planners, Sri Lanka
    Mrs. Nishamani Abeyratne has been working as an industry partner, representing UDA for the MOBILISE Project since 2018.
    Contact: nishiya123priya@gmail.com

    Dr. M.S. Wijayaratne

    Deputy General Manager (Wetland Management Division), Sri Lanka Land Reclamation and Development Corporation (SLLRDC)
    Dr Wijeyaratne has been working as an industry partner, representing SLLRDC for the MOBILISE Project since 2018.

    Ms. Chethika Gunasiri

    Environmental Scientist (Wetland Management Division), Sri Lanka Land Reclamation and Development Corporation
    Ms. Chethika Gunasiri has been working as an industry partner, representing SLLRDC for the MOBILISE Project since 2018.
    Contact: chethikagunasiri@gmail.com

     

     

     

    Contact

    Dr Udayangani Kulatunga 
    PhD, BSc (Hons) QS, FHEA, PGCert
    Senior Lecturer
    Department of Building Economics
    University of Moratuwa
    Sri Lanka

    ukulatunga@uom.lk


    Ms Biyanka Ekanayake 
    M.Sc (by Research),BSc (Hons) FM
    Research Scholar
    Department of Building Economics
    University of Moratuwa
    Sri Lanka

    ra-biyanka@uom.lk