Reforming HEI to improve skills and knowledge on disaster resilience among construction professionals

Menaha Thayaparan, Mohan Siriwardena, Chamindi Malalgoda, Dilanthi Amaratunga, Arturas Kaklauskas, Irene Lill

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

6 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

The built environment is significantly affected by disasters. Firstly, built facilities are expected to withstand such situations. Secondly, the construction industry is expected to play a pivotal role in reconstruction of damaged property & infrastructure. Such responses also call for technological and managerial innovation. Therefore it is important that construction professionals receive continuous skill development to respond to disaster situations and to a disaster resilient built environment. BELLCURVE research project aims to promote the concept of 'lifelong university' in modernising Higher Education Institutes (HEI) to be more responsive to labour market skills needs. BELLCURVE focuses on the role HEIs play in continuous improvement of the skills and knowledge on disaster resilience among the construction professionals. In this paper an overview of the role of built environment professionals in the context of disaster is presented, and the related demand and supply side issues are discussed. The need to improve responsiveness of HEIs through modernisation of higher education to improve the quality and efficiency of education and training is further explained. Initial conceptual framework of the research is presented. Literature reviewed identified peculiarities of post-disaster reconstruction, justifying the need to provide sector and context specific skills and knowledge to the construction professional. The review also cover issues associated with education and training from HEIs to the construction professional, and also focus on integrating the construction labour market skills needs to the modernisation agenda of the HEIs. In this regard, modernisation of HEI through governance reform is highlighted. Disaster resilience is considered as a test case. The initial conceptual model with the methodology adopted to develop, refine and test the model is also briefed. This paper is expected to stimulate debate as well as be a supportive resource to towards improving skills and knowledge on disaster resilience among construction professionals.
LanguageEnglish
Title of host publicationCOBRA 2010
Subtitle of host publicationConstruction, Building and Real Estate Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
Number of pages21
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2010
Externally publishedYes
EventConstruction, Building and Real Estate Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors - Dauphine Université Paris, Paris, France
Duration: 2 Sep 20103 Sep 2010
https://www.preventionweb.net/events/view/12331?id=12331 (Conference Information)

Conference

ConferenceConstruction, Building and Real Estate Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
Abbreviated titleCOBRA 2010
CountryFrance
CityParis
Period2/09/103/09/10
OtherContributions are invited for the themed session on Disaster Management that will be held as part of the RICS COBRA 2010 Conference aims to stimulate ideas arising from research by exploring the range of perspectives from which the construction industry is able to contribute towards improved resilience to disasters and by facilitating the dissemination of the existing knowledge base.
Internet address

Fingerprint

Reforming reactions
Disasters
Education
Modernization
Personnel
Construction industry
Innovation

Cite this

Thayaparan, M., Siriwardena, M., Malalgoda, C., Amaratunga, D., Kaklauskas, A., & Lill, I. (2010). Reforming HEI to improve skills and knowledge on disaster resilience among construction professionals. In COBRA 2010: Construction, Building and Real Estate Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
Thayaparan, Menaha ; Siriwardena, Mohan ; Malalgoda, Chamindi ; Amaratunga, Dilanthi ; Kaklauskas, Arturas ; Lill, Irene. / Reforming HEI to improve skills and knowledge on disaster resilience among construction professionals. COBRA 2010: Construction, Building and Real Estate Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. 2010.
@inproceedings{12b74d8c84cd4bf0ab014577565664f8,
title = "Reforming HEI to improve skills and knowledge on disaster resilience among construction professionals",
abstract = "The built environment is significantly affected by disasters. Firstly, built facilities are expected to withstand such situations. Secondly, the construction industry is expected to play a pivotal role in reconstruction of damaged property & infrastructure. Such responses also call for technological and managerial innovation. Therefore it is important that construction professionals receive continuous skill development to respond to disaster situations and to a disaster resilient built environment. BELLCURVE research project aims to promote the concept of 'lifelong university' in modernising Higher Education Institutes (HEI) to be more responsive to labour market skills needs. BELLCURVE focuses on the role HEIs play in continuous improvement of the skills and knowledge on disaster resilience among the construction professionals. In this paper an overview of the role of built environment professionals in the context of disaster is presented, and the related demand and supply side issues are discussed. The need to improve responsiveness of HEIs through modernisation of higher education to improve the quality and efficiency of education and training is further explained. Initial conceptual framework of the research is presented. Literature reviewed identified peculiarities of post-disaster reconstruction, justifying the need to provide sector and context specific skills and knowledge to the construction professional. The review also cover issues associated with education and training from HEIs to the construction professional, and also focus on integrating the construction labour market skills needs to the modernisation agenda of the HEIs. In this regard, modernisation of HEI through governance reform is highlighted. Disaster resilience is considered as a test case. The initial conceptual model with the methodology adopted to develop, refine and test the model is also briefed. This paper is expected to stimulate debate as well as be a supportive resource to towards improving skills and knowledge on disaster resilience among construction professionals.",
keywords = "Construction professionals, Disaster resilience, Higher Education, Reform, Skills & knowledge",
author = "Menaha Thayaparan and Mohan Siriwardena and Chamindi Malalgoda and Dilanthi Amaratunga and Arturas Kaklauskas and Irene Lill",
year = "2010",
month = "12",
day = "1",
language = "English",
isbn = "9781842196199",
booktitle = "COBRA 2010",

}

Thayaparan, M, Siriwardena, M, Malalgoda, C, Amaratunga, D, Kaklauskas, A & Lill, I 2010, Reforming HEI to improve skills and knowledge on disaster resilience among construction professionals. in COBRA 2010: Construction, Building and Real Estate Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Construction, Building and Real Estate Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Paris, France, 2/09/10.

Reforming HEI to improve skills and knowledge on disaster resilience among construction professionals. / Thayaparan, Menaha; Siriwardena, Mohan; Malalgoda, Chamindi; Amaratunga, Dilanthi; Kaklauskas, Arturas; Lill, Irene.

COBRA 2010: Construction, Building and Real Estate Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. 2010.

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

TY - GEN

T1 - Reforming HEI to improve skills and knowledge on disaster resilience among construction professionals

AU - Thayaparan, Menaha

AU - Siriwardena, Mohan

AU - Malalgoda, Chamindi

AU - Amaratunga, Dilanthi

AU - Kaklauskas, Arturas

AU - Lill, Irene

PY - 2010/12/1

Y1 - 2010/12/1

N2 - The built environment is significantly affected by disasters. Firstly, built facilities are expected to withstand such situations. Secondly, the construction industry is expected to play a pivotal role in reconstruction of damaged property & infrastructure. Such responses also call for technological and managerial innovation. Therefore it is important that construction professionals receive continuous skill development to respond to disaster situations and to a disaster resilient built environment. BELLCURVE research project aims to promote the concept of 'lifelong university' in modernising Higher Education Institutes (HEI) to be more responsive to labour market skills needs. BELLCURVE focuses on the role HEIs play in continuous improvement of the skills and knowledge on disaster resilience among the construction professionals. In this paper an overview of the role of built environment professionals in the context of disaster is presented, and the related demand and supply side issues are discussed. The need to improve responsiveness of HEIs through modernisation of higher education to improve the quality and efficiency of education and training is further explained. Initial conceptual framework of the research is presented. Literature reviewed identified peculiarities of post-disaster reconstruction, justifying the need to provide sector and context specific skills and knowledge to the construction professional. The review also cover issues associated with education and training from HEIs to the construction professional, and also focus on integrating the construction labour market skills needs to the modernisation agenda of the HEIs. In this regard, modernisation of HEI through governance reform is highlighted. Disaster resilience is considered as a test case. The initial conceptual model with the methodology adopted to develop, refine and test the model is also briefed. This paper is expected to stimulate debate as well as be a supportive resource to towards improving skills and knowledge on disaster resilience among construction professionals.

AB - The built environment is significantly affected by disasters. Firstly, built facilities are expected to withstand such situations. Secondly, the construction industry is expected to play a pivotal role in reconstruction of damaged property & infrastructure. Such responses also call for technological and managerial innovation. Therefore it is important that construction professionals receive continuous skill development to respond to disaster situations and to a disaster resilient built environment. BELLCURVE research project aims to promote the concept of 'lifelong university' in modernising Higher Education Institutes (HEI) to be more responsive to labour market skills needs. BELLCURVE focuses on the role HEIs play in continuous improvement of the skills and knowledge on disaster resilience among the construction professionals. In this paper an overview of the role of built environment professionals in the context of disaster is presented, and the related demand and supply side issues are discussed. The need to improve responsiveness of HEIs through modernisation of higher education to improve the quality and efficiency of education and training is further explained. Initial conceptual framework of the research is presented. Literature reviewed identified peculiarities of post-disaster reconstruction, justifying the need to provide sector and context specific skills and knowledge to the construction professional. The review also cover issues associated with education and training from HEIs to the construction professional, and also focus on integrating the construction labour market skills needs to the modernisation agenda of the HEIs. In this regard, modernisation of HEI through governance reform is highlighted. Disaster resilience is considered as a test case. The initial conceptual model with the methodology adopted to develop, refine and test the model is also briefed. This paper is expected to stimulate debate as well as be a supportive resource to towards improving skills and knowledge on disaster resilience among construction professionals.

KW - Construction professionals

KW - Disaster resilience

KW - Higher Education

KW - Reform

KW - Skills & knowledge

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84860478459&partnerID=8YFLogxK

M3 - Conference contribution

SN - 9781842196199

BT - COBRA 2010

ER -

Thayaparan M, Siriwardena M, Malalgoda C, Amaratunga D, Kaklauskas A, Lill I. Reforming HEI to improve skills and knowledge on disaster resilience among construction professionals. In COBRA 2010: Construction, Building and Real Estate Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. 2010