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Before, November 2018 my work focused on Climate change adaptation and Disaster risk reduction in a major EU project called ESPREssO (Enhancing Synergies for Disaster Prevention in the Europian Union). This project aimed at contributing to a new strategic vision to approach natural risk reduction and climate change adaptation, thereby opening new frontiers for research and policy making.

I completed my PhD at the Univerity of Huddersfield. My research focused on developing a community embedded sustainable urban design process. I actively worked with two local authorities in UK with their live urban design projects as the cases studies of my PhD.

During my PhD I worked as a research assistant at the Global Disaster Resilience centre,University of Huddersfield also at the Centre for disaster resilience, University of Salford. During this period, I have engaged in three EU-funded projects and have gained significance experience on Disaster Risk Reduction.

In addition, I have worked as a voluntary teaching assistant at the School of the Built Environment, University of Salford, UK. I have undertaken lectures related to urban regeneration and urban design.

Before my postgraduate education, I worked at the project consultancy unit, Faculty of Architecture, University of Moratuwa Sri Lanka, as a project/research coordinator and engaged in three urban planning related projects which were funded by UNHABITAT, UNDP and ASIA Foundation.

I gained my undergraduate degree in Town & Country Planning obtained from the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka and the Masters Degree in Urban Design obtained from University of Salford, UK.

Also, I am Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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Research Output 2014 2019

Open Access
Climate Change
risk reduction
Risk Reduction Behavior

A Review on Key Challenges Towards Risk Reduction Science and Innovation Plans

Dias, N., Clegg, G., Amaratunga, D. & Haigh, R., 2019, Mitigating the Impact of Extreme Natural Events in Developing Countries . Durrheim, R. J. & Sewwandi, B. G. N. (eds.). 1 ed. New Delhi: Daya Publishing House of Astral International Pvt.Ltd., Vol. 1. p. 269-276 8 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

climate change
legal policy

Integration of CCA and DRR for flood resilience: A review of good practices in the United Kingdom

Clegg, G., Dias, N., Amaratunga, D., Haigh, R. & Panda, A., 23 Jul 2019, Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR 2019). 2019 ed. UNITED NATIONS OFFICE FOR DISASTER RISK REDUCTION (UNDRR) , p. 1-19 19 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access
climate change
climate change adaptation

Balanced Urban Design Process to Create Resilient and Sustainable Urban Environments

Dias, N., Amaratunga, D., Keraminiyage, K. & Haigh, R., 13 Dec 2018, Routledge Handbook of Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure. Gardoni, P. (ed.). 1st ed. Routledge, p. 808-822 17 p. (Routledge International Handbooks).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Sustainable development
1 Citation (Scopus)
Open Access
Climate change

Activities 2017 2019

  • 4 Invited talk
  • 3 Organising a conference, workshop, ...
  • 3 Oral presentation

High Level Forum on Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR)

Dilanthi Amaratunga (Organiser), Richard Haigh (Member of programme committee), Nuwan Dias (Organiser)
12 Jul 2019

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

Standard Operating Procedures for Tsunami Warning and Emergency Response for Sri Lanka – Table Top Exercise

Dilanthi Amaratunga (Chair), Richard Haigh (Chair), Nuwan Dias (Organiser)
11 Jul 2019

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

Decision making in marginal tsunami scenario

Nuwan Dias (Speaker)
27 Mar 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Round Table discussion on Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation

Dilanthi Amaratunga (Invited speaker), Richard Haigh (Invited speaker), Nuwan Dias (Speaker)
26 Mar 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk