• University of Huddersfield Queensgate Huddersfield HD1 3DH

    United Kingdom

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Disaster Risk Reduction in the Built Environment Early Warning systems including Risk based/informed early warning Understanding disaster risks Preparedness for response and Post-Disaster Reconstruction Gender-Responsive Disaster Risk Reduction Disaster resilience from the perspective of the social/political, economic and physical sciences Social impact of reconstruction Capacity building for disaster mitigation and reconstruction Post-conflict reconstruction Facilities and business continuity management and investment in disaster resilience

  • 1447 Citations
  • 19 h-Index
20002020

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Biography

Professor Dilanthi Amaratunga  is a leading international  expert in disaster resilience with an international reputation. Dilanthi’s vision has always been to be an international leader in disaster risk reduction and management with specific emphasis on the built environment, and to champion the under representation of women in this key research area. She began her academic career as a lecturer at the University of Moratuwa in Sri Lanka in 1994, which she commenced immediately after the completion of the BSc (Quantity Surveying) Degree with First Class Honours at the same University in 1993. Subsequently, in October 1997, she was awarded the prestigious Overseas Research Scholarship Award, which enabled her to begin her doctoral studies at the University of Salford, UK. In 2001, she received her PhD and since then, she has continued to develop her research in a manner that demonstrated a commitment to academic excellence, to encouraging colleagues and students to fulfil their full potential.

In 2007, Dilanthi was promoted to the post of Professor with a focus on disaster management.  Since joining University of Huddersfield School or Art, Design and Architecture in September 2014 as its Professor of Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, she leads the University’s Global Disaster Resilience Centre , responsible for supporting research on disaster management portfolios. An interdisciplinary background in Quantity Surveying, Facilities and Business Continuity Management, Education and Training, Gender and Disasters and Disaster Mitigation and Reconstruction provides her the opportunities to work across a broader disaster management research agenda including developing partnerships of international research teams, government, NGOs and communities. 

She has project managed to successful completion  a large number of international research projects generating significant research outputs. To date, she has produced over 300 publications, refereed papers and reports, and has made over 100 key note speeches in around 30 countries. She is regularly invited to provide expert advice on disaster resilience by national and local governments and international agencies. She has lead and chaired a large number of international conferences, including the International Confernece on Building Resilience (ICBR) seires which she co-created. These events demonstrate her role, as a leader in the disaster mitigation and reconstruction field and as a conduit for international collaboration and engagement. Many of these conferences have brought together major international networks to address global challenges and advance research agendas.

Among several other leadership roles, she is the Chair of the United Nations Working Group on Words into action on Accountability and Governance. She is a member of the Steering Committee of the UNISDR "Making Cities Resilient" Campaign. She is the joint editor chief of the International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment, a SCOPUS indexed journal. Her outstanding contributions, publications and services to the disaster resilience and management have been recognised with numerous international awards and prizes.  She is a member of the European Commission and UNISDR’s European Science & Technology Advisory Group representing the UK. she is also a Steering Committee member of the Frontiers of Development programme,  a Collaborative Programme of The Royal Academy of Engineering, The Academy of Medical Sciences, The British Academy and The Royal Society). She is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). 

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Disaster Risk Reduction in the Built Environment -  Understanding disaster risk
  • Preparedness for response and Post-Disaster Reconstruction
  • Gender-Responsive Disaster Risk Reduction - Women as a force in resilience building, gender equality in DRR
  • Disaster resilience from the perspective of the social/political, economic and physical sciences
  • Social impact of reconstruction
  • Capacity building for disaster mitigation and reconstruction
  • Post-conflict reconstruction
  • Women in construction
  • Facilities and business continuity management 

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Built Environment
  • Process Improvement
  • Disaster Management
  • Performance Measurement
  • Natural Disasters
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Vulnerability Assessment
  • Disaster Studies
  • Vulnerability Analysis
  • Resilience
  • Risk
  • Disasters
  • Vulnerability
  • Resiliency
  • Post Disaster Reconstruction
  • Capacity Building in Disaster Risk Reduction

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Projects

Research Output

A micro scale study of climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction in coastal urban strategic planning for the Jakarta

Rahayu, H. P., Haigh, R., Amaratunga, D., Kombaitan, B., Khoirunnisa, D. & Pradana, V., 1 Jan 2020, In : International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment. 11, 1, p. 119-133 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • A study of people-centered early warning system in the face of near-field tsunami risk for Indonesian coastal cities

    Rahayu, H. P., Comfort, L., Haigh, R., Amaratunga, D. & Khoirunnisa, D., 16 Jan 2020, In : International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment. 11, 2, p. 241-262 22 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    Open Access
  • Societal Impact of the Research Study on Governance of Upstream-Downstream Interface of Tsunami Early Warning - The Case of Sri Lanka

    Dias, N., Amaratunga, D., Haigh, R., Premalal, S. & Basnayake, S., 19 Mar 2020, 2019 From Innovation to Impact (FITI). IEEE, 6 p. 9037636

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  • The upstream-downstream interface of Sri Lanka’s tsunami early warning system

    Haigh, R., Sakalasuriya, M., Amaratunga, D., Basnayake, S., Hettige, S., Premalal, S. & Jayasinghe Arachchi, A., 10 Jan 2020, In : International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment. 11, 2, p. 219-240 22 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Activities

    Common understanding on multi-hazard early warning systems

    Dilanthi Amaratunga (Speaker), Dias Hemachandra (Contributor to Paper or Presentation)
    25 Mar 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    9th International Conference on Building Resilience

    Dilanthi Amaratunga (Member of programme committee), Richard Haigh (Member of programme committee)
    13 Jan 202015 Jan 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipating in a conference, workshop, ...

    4th International Workshop on Multi Hazard Early Warning for Coastal Resilience and 6th CABARET Steering Committee Meeting

    Dias Hemachandra (Member of programme committee), Dilanthi Amaratunga (Chair), Richard Haigh (Chair)
    5 Jan 202010 Jan 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipating in a conference, workshop, ...

    10th International conference on Structural Engineering and Construction Management

    Dilanthi Amaratunga (Member of programme committee), Richard Haigh (Organiser)
    12 Dec 201914 Dec 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

    Enablers for Effective Multihazard Early Warning System: A Literature Review

    Dias Hemachandra (Speaker), Richard Haigh (Contributor to Paper or Presentation), Dilanthi Amaratunga (Contributor to Paper or Presentation)
    12 Dec 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Press / Media

    Dilanthi Amaratunga

    Dilanthi Amaratunga

    4/09/18

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    BDC Magazine - Uni Takes Lead At International Conference On Building Resilience

    Dilanthi Amaratunga & Richard Haigh

    15/01/18

    1 item of Media coverage, 1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Research

    RICS Building Control Magazine - Risk and Resilience

    Dilanthi Amaratunga

    30/11/17

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Boxing day Tsunami Disaster

    Dilanthi Amaratunga & Richard Haigh

    9/11/17

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Research