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Dr Kinkini Hemachandra joined the Huddersfield Business School in 2023 as a Lecturer at the Department of Management, University of Huddersfield, UK. Prior to this position, she worked as a Lecturer, at the Teesside International Business School, Teesside University, UK.

Before her career as a Lecturer in the UK, she joined the University of Huddersfield as a Researcher and then as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Global Disaster Resilience Centre (GDRC), School of Applied Sciences, University of Huddersfield. She was the main researcher for several projects funded by the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI) scheme. Her recent research work was in a research project called SECRA (Strengthening University-Industry Collaborations for Resilience Communities in Asia), funded by EU with the aim of strengthening university enterprise collaborations for resilient communities in Asia. She also worked with another EU project called BRITAE (Building Resilience in Tropical Agro-Ecosystems) with the aim of developing joint curricula modules on building resilience in tropical agro ecosystem in Sri Lankan universities. Dr.Kinkini also worked with a UKRI funded project on Integrating Epidemic and Pandemic Preparedness into Disaster Risk Reduction. She was the researcher for another EU funded project called CABARET- (Capacity Building in Asia for Resilience Education), aimed in building capacities among higher education institutions in Asia (Region 6) for the development of societal resilience to disasters. In addition, she further contributed another EU project called ESPREssO (Enhancing Synergies for Disaster Prevention in the European Union).

Dr Kinkini completed her PhD at the School of Applied Science, University of Huddersfield, UK under the supervision of Prof Dilanthi Amaratunga and Prof Richard Haigh. Her PhD developed a framework for empowering women in disaster risk governance within the Sri Lankan disaster preparedness system. 

She completed two masters degrees. She further obtained a Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education (CTHE) programme, at the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. She is also a part-finalists at the Institute of Chartered Accountant in Sri Lanka (ICASL).

Before moving to the UK, she served as a Senior Lecture at the Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka since 2002. She holds several memberships: Member of the South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE) and member of British Academy of Management, UK. During her academic career, she secured several research grants funded by SANDEE and the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification


Award Date: 1 Mar 2022

Master, National University of Singapore

Award Date: 1 May 2010

Master, University of Sri Jayewardenepura

Award Date: 1 Feb 2007

Bachelor, University of Sri Jayewardenepura

Award Date: 30 Jun 2000

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Resilience
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Higher Education Research
  • Organisational Justice
  • Sustainable Development
  • Women's Empowerment
  • Policy Analysis


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