Prof. P.K.S. Mahanama

Contact information

Address

University of Moratuwa

Moratuwa

10400

Office
Extension
1011
Primary Email
dvc@uom.lk

Teaching and Administrative Activities

Administrative Activities
Dean, Faculty of Architecture, University of Moratuwa, 2008 to date
Head of Department , Department of Town & Country Planning, University of Moratuwa 2005-2008

Education and Training

Education
Master Degree in Town and Country Planning, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, 1989
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Geography, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, 1984

Career

Professional Affiliations
Fellow Member of the Institute of Town Planners Sri Lanka (FITP SL)
Positions Held
Former Vice President of Asian Planning Schools Congress (APSA)
Urban and Regional Planner, Board of Investment (former GCEC) (SL) 1985-1992 April
Professional Assignments
Member of the Working Group on Working Group No:2- Human Settlement and Housing Policy, appointed by the Central Environmental Authority
Member of the Jury of Design Studios 2004-2005 in Post Graduate Centre Human Settlements, Department of Architecture Urban and Regional Planning, Katholieke University of Leuven, Belgium
Member for the Technical Advisory Sub Committee to prepare development guidelines appointed by the Disaster Management Centre
Chairman of the 09th International Congress Asian Planning Schools Association (APSA) on Towards an Asian Approach to Planning for Millennium Development Organized and Hosted by the Department of Town & Country planning, University of Moratuwa from 2
Member of Steering Committee for Development of a Policy for Spatial Data Use & National Spatial Data Infrastructure by the Ministry of Lands and Land Development and Ministry of Nation Building and Estate Infrastructure Development
Chairman of the Technical session on Planning for Disaster Free Cities , National Conference on World Habitat Day 2008 "HARMONIUS CITIES), on 3rd October 2008 at NATIA, Katubedda
Chairman of the national committee on Land acquisition in Bellanvila Attidiya Sanctuary area appointed by the Minister of Environment
Member for the Board of Education, Institute of Town Planners, Sri Lanka
Resource Person of the Workshop on National Policy Wetlands, Organized by the National Wetland Conservation Project, Central Environmental Authority (CEA), from 11-12th February 1996 at Muthurajawela Visitor Centre, Ja Ela
Resource Person of the International Conference on Conservation of Wetlands, Conflict or Compromise, Jointly Organised by the University of Moratuwa and University of Portsmouth, UK from 17-18 th Jaunary 2003 at Trans Asia Hotel, Colombo
Session Chairman on the Session One - Ecology and Policy at the Policy Workshop on Effective Management for Biodiversity Conservation (EMBioC) In Sri Lankan Coastal Wetlands: The Muthurajawela Marsh and Negombo/Chilaw Lagoon, Jointly Organised by the U
Resource Person on the Session Three - Policy For Conservation and Development at the Policy Workshop on Effective Management for Biodiversity Conservation (EMBioC) In Sri Lankan Coastal Wetlands: The Muthurajawela Marsh and Negombo/Chilaw Lagoon, Joint
Member of Course Development committee for Honours Degree of B.Sc. In Town and Country Planning
Session Chairman on the Session III - 11th International Conference on Sri Lanka Studies " Social Realities and Natural Environment in Sri Lanka: Insiders' and Outsiders' Perspectives" Organised by the University of Portsmouth, UK from 01-03 November 20
Session Chairman on the Session III - 09th International Congress Asian Planning Schools Association (APSA) on Towards an Asian Approach to Planning for Millennium Development Organised and Hosted by the Department of Town & Country planning, Univers

Publications*

Publications
  • Mahanama, P.K.S., 2009,  Manual on Local Government Leadership, ISBN 978-955-51866-1-2
  • Mahanama, P.K.S., 2009,  Manual on Good Urban Governance in Local Government, ISBN 978-955-51866-2-9
  • Mahanama, P.K.S., 2009, Manual on Participatory Planning in Local Government, ISBN 978-955-51866-3-6

 

 

  • Mahanama, P.K.S., Neela Gunasekera, 1994, Environmental Implication of Resettling Low-income communities on reclaimed land : A case study of Attidiya Marsh. Environment and Sustainable Development, ITPSL Publication.
  • Mahanama, P.K.S., 1997, Conservation VS Housing: A Case of Negombo Lagoon, 1997, National Wetland Policy, Euroconsult, Arnhem, The Netherlands.
  • Mahanama, P.K.S., 2005, Establish the socio-economic factors that result in the current pattern of human exploitation of the coastal wetlands, University of Portsmouth, UK, Darwin Initiatives and University of Moratuwa.  
  • Mahanama, P.K.S., Jayasingha, 2007., A., An Application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for spatial planning: A case study on identification of suitable site for residential development in Rambukkana DS division , GIS for All: Theory and Applications, Geo-informatics Society of Sri Lanka. 
  • Mahanama, P.K.S, Gunawardena, G.M.W.L, Warusavitharana, E.J. (2009) Analysis of Urban Morphology through Spectral Mixture Analysis Technique in remote Sensing, Geo-informatics for National Development.
  • Mahanama, P.K.S., (2007) GIS Model for Environmentally Sensitive Area Identification: A Case Study of Nuwara Eliya Town, Unpublished
  • Mahanama, P.K.S., (2007) “Imporatnce of Localizing Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) : A Physical Planning Perspective,” 
  • Mahanama, P.K.S., (2009) “Integrated Spatial Planning Approach for Disaster Mitigation in Sri Lanka with an emphasis on landslides”, 
  • Mahanama, P.K.S., (2007) Gegraphic Information Systems (GIS) Model for Environmentally Sensitive Area Identification: A Case Study of Nuwara Eliya Town”  

 

  • Mahanama, P.K.S., (1993)Study on The Housing Requirement of the islands of the Negombo Lagoon Channel Segment , CEA.
  • Mahanama, P.K.S., (1996) An evaluation of Community aspiration on the proposed  Buffer Zone Land Use Plan for Muthurajawela, Euroconsult/CEA.
  • Mahanama, P.K.S., (1994) Study on the Demarcation of the Boundaries of the Negombo Lagoon Channel Segment, Euroconsult/CEA.
  • Mahanama, P.K.S., (1994) Study on Socio-Economic Impact of the Proposed Hotel Complex at Liyanegemulla, Katunayake, Associate Environmental Consultant.
  • Vattala, A.D.V.S., Mahanama, P.K.S., (1995) Wetland site Report, Handapan & Bandiya Villus, CEA/ Euroconsult.
  • Mahanama, P.K.S. (1998) Study on Economic - Environmental linkages of filling low lying areas and wetlands in the Western Province of Sri Lanka, Ministry of Environment and World Bank
  • Mahanama, P.K.S., (2005) Initial Environmental examination -  Study of the proposed Bellanwila – Attidiya Visitor’s Centre,  Construction Project at Bellanvila Attidiya Scantuary, CEA.
  • Mahanama, P.K.S., (2007) Diyagama Township Development Plan: A detailed development plan for SLBC land at Diyagama - Homagama) This plan has allocated 20 ac of land for proposed ITUM University of Mortuwa, Urban Development Authority.
  • Mahanama, P.K.S., (2008) Study on Environmental Impact Assessment of the Proposed Township Development in Enderamulla, Mahara, UDA .
  • Mahanama, P.K.S. (2008) Tourism  Detailed Development Plan For Bologoda Lake, Western Provincial Council, Ministry of Agriculture, Land, Animal Production, Health, Irrigation and Tourism, Western Provincial Council.
  • Mahanama, P.K.S,  (2009) .Formulation of the Sri Lankan Urbanization Framework: Case Study Greater Dambulla, UNHABITAT,
  1. Guidance Manual on Provincial Strategic Frameworks
  2. Urban Management and Governance Guidelines, Policies & Institutional Framework
  • Mahanama, P.K.S., (2009) Study on past and current Mangrove vegetation Coverage In Eastern Province using Remote Sensing Technology, Faculty of Architecture, University of Moratuwa.
  • Mahanama, P.K.S, (2009) Analysis of Urban Morphology through Spectral Mixture Analysis Technique in remote Sensing, Senate Research Grant, University of Moratuwa 2008.

 

Presentations  at  Conferences:

  • Mahanama, P.K.S. A paper presented on ‘Wetland Resource Use Conflict: A Case Study of Muthurajawela and Negombo Lagoon Wetland, Sri Lanka at the International Conference on Conservation of Wetlands, Conflict or Compromise, 17 - 18th January 2003 at Trans Asia Hotel in Colombo
  • Mahanama, P.K.S. ,  Paper presented on ‘Conservation Vs Housing - The Case Study of Negombo Lagoon ,  at the Workshop on National Wetland Policy Conducted by WCP/CEA held at Visitor Center, Muthurajawela, (January 1997).
  • Mahanama, P.K.S. Paper  presented on   "Spatial Strategies to Minimize Regional Disparities in Sri Lanka at the International Conference on Sri Lanka"  at the 11th International Conference on Sri Lankan Studies (ICSLS) held in University of Portsmouth U.K. during the 1st-3rd of November 2007
  • Mahanama, P.K.S. and Anandagoda, I.C., Paper  presented on   "Potentials for Localizing MDGs; A  Case study of Moratuwa Municipal Council (MMC) Areas" the International Conference on Sri Lanka"  at the 11th International Conference on Sri Lankan Studies (ICSLS) held in University of Portsmouth U.K. during the 1st-3rd of November 2007
  • Mahanama, P.K.S., Paper presented on "Tsunami Hazard Mapping for Human Settlement Planning: A case study in Batticaloa Area in Eastern Province, Sri Lanka, "at  6th General Assembly of Asian Seismological Commission, Bangkok, Thailand 03.11.2006 – 11.11.2006.
  • Mahanama., P.K.S., Presented paper on "Spatial Planning Approach for Coastal Rehabilitation" at the International Conference on Disaster Management and Planning Response organized by the Institute of Town Planners Sri Lanka on 5th  and 6th  December 2005 At Hotel Taj Samudra, Colombo.
  • Mahanama, P.K.S., Presented paper on "An Integrated approach for the Revival of Coastal Zone Sri Lanka.” At the Annul Sessions of Institute of Town Planners, Sri Lanka on 21/03/2005.
  • Mahanama, P.K.S., Paper presented  "Environment Management Information System (EMIS) for Municipal Councils" at the refresher workshop on "Capacity building on Application of GIS Technology for Urban Disaster Mitigation" which was held in  Hanoi, Vietnam organized by ADPC, ITC and Hanoi Architectural University during the period of  13th  to 28th  November 2005.
  • Mahanama, P.K.S. Paper  presented on  " Flood risk zone mapping of Kelani River basin in North of Colombo City"  at the workshop on "Capacity building on Application of GIS Technology for Urban Disaster Mitigation" which was held in Indian Institute of Remote Sensing  in Dehardun India organized by ADPC, ITC and Hanoi Architectural University during the period of  16th to 19th   March 2003.
  • Mahanama, P.K.S., Paper presnted on  "National and sub national experience with Disaster loss data and database development: Sri Lankan experience, Workshop to improve the compilation of data on Disaster occurrence and Impact", organized by UNDP from 2nd to 4th April 2006 in Bangkok.
  • Mahanama, P.K.S., Paper presented on "the Role of Town & Country Planning and Integration of Disaster Management Component in the Course Modules," at the  CASITA 2 Final Workshop organised by ADPC and ITC 4th to 5th  November 2006 in Bangkok. Bangkok, Thailand.
  • Mahanama, P.K.S.,(2007) Urbanization : Concepts, Theories & Trends, Centre for Urban Planning, ITPSL.
  • Mahanama, P.K.S. Paper presented  on "the Role of Sustainable Cities Program,  Sri Lanka and  Solid Waste Management  (SWM) strategies and interventions, " at World Urban Forum 4 :  3-6  November 2008– Nanjing, China. 
  • Mahanama, P.K.S., Paper presented on "Mitigating Climate Change Impact through; improved Solid waste Management strategies and interventions", at the 2008 SCP expert group meeting organized by UNHABITAT held from 25-29 August 2008 in Manila .
  • Mahanama, P.K.S., Paper presented on Sptial Planning Approach to integrate the adaptation strategies for climate change in City Planning Sri Lanka," organised by CCCI and Unhabitat at the workshop on Climate Change and urban planning from 28 - 30 May 2009.
  • Mahanama, P.K.S., Paper presented on " Role of Department of Town & Country Planning, University of Moratuwa, at the Seminar organised by the Young Planners Forum , ITPSL on 30th November 2008 at Folk Art Centre, Battaramulla.
  • Mahanama, P.K.S., Paper presented on " Effective planning and Management Model for Wetland Conservation" Policy For Conservation and Development at the Policy Workshop on Effective Management for Biodiversity Conservation (EMBioC) In Sri Lankan Coastal Wetlands: The Muthurajawela Marsh and Negombo/Chilaw Lagoon,  Jointly Organised  by the University of Moratuwa and University of Portsmouth, UK from on 06th August 2004 at Committee Room E, BMICH, Colombo.

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