Dilanthi's current achievements are part of a development process which started several years ago when she began her academic career as a lecturer at the University of Moratuwa in Sri Lanka in 1994, which she began immediately after the completion of BSc (Quantity Surveying ) Degree with First Class Honours at the same University.

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, and to promoting the University as a leading institution within the subject discipline of the built environment. The key contributions Dilanthi has made have been in providing leadership within the international research community, within the University and peer respected research in issues relating to capability building within a construction context. The strengths she has brought to these activities are critical scholarship and leadership.

Dilanthi's commitment to excellence and her leadership qualities have been recognised with promotion and additional management responsibilities. After five years at Salford as an Overseas Research Award scholar, Research Assistant/Part Time Lecturer, and then a Research Fellow, she became a Lecturer at then the School of Construction and Property Management in 2002. In the same year, she was appointed as the Director of Research Training. In 2003, she was appointed to the role of Director of Postgraduate Research Studies.

Dilanthi was an executive member of the Research Institute, with responsibility for strategic planning of postgraduate research. Her research leadership has been recognised in the international research community with her appointment in 2003 as the Coordinator of the CIB Task Group 53 in Postgraduate Research Training in Building and Construction. This role emphasises her leading position in PGR management and research training beyond the University. In this role she has been promoting the development and transfer of research competencies, consolidating and broadening researchers' career prospects, and promoting excellence. Dilanthi was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2004 at the School of the Built Environment, University of Salford, UK.

In 2007, Dilanthi was promoted to the post of Professor with a focus on disaster management that has influenced her work since then. She has moved to University of Huddersfield in September 2014 and will continue her research and scholarship in disaster resilience whilst leadings its Global Disaster Resilience centre.

 

Educational Qualifications and Awards

  • 2016 – Fellow - The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), UK
  • 2008 - Member - The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), UK
  • 2007 - Member - Sri Lanka Institute of Quantity Surveyors, Sri Lanka
  • 2002 - Fellow - Higher Education Academy
  • 2001 - PhD - Research Institute for the Built and Human Environment The University of Salford, UK
  • 1996 - Diploma in Development and Production of Training Materials (Distinction) - Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand
  • 1993 - B.Sc. in Quantity Surveying (First Class Hons.) (RICS Accredited) - Department of Building Economics, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. Class Rank: First (obtained the highest average) in all four years of studies
  • 1989-1990 - Diploma in Computer Programming (Distinction) - IDM Computer Studies Limited, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 1979 – 1987 Visakha Vidyalaya (School), Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  • 4 “A” Levels including 2 As for Physics, Chemistry, Pure Mathematics  and Applied Mathematics: 8 distinctions for 8 subjects at GCE (O/L)

 

Academic Achievements/ Awards

  • Best Paper Award. CIB World Building Congress, Tampere, Finland , June 2016. (http://www.wbc16.com/wbc16/welcome.html ) (with Chamindi Malalgoda & Richard Haigh) . Paper title " Knowledge gaps in the construction industry to increase societal resilience: A local and national government perspective”. 2016 congress was the biggest global research, development and innovation event of the year with 400+ papers accepted to be presented where 50 countries bringing in the world’s leading professionals and delegates.
  • Winner of the President’s Awards for Scientific Publication – September 2014 -A refereed journal paper entitled: “Post disaster C&D debris management: A Sri Lanka Case Study” published in the Journal of Civil Engineering and Management has received a President’s Award for Scientific Publication.

  • AXA Outlook award short list – August 2014 -I have been nominated to receive grants from the AXA Outlooks funding scheme. AXA Outlooks are aimed at supporting innovative engagement activities, targeting public ranging from policymakers to vulnerable populations, for instance. This initiative gives excellent researchers the means to engage public in science on key emerging risks affecting civil society.
  • 2013 Nomination - UN Sasakawa Award for Disaster Risk Reduction. I was part of the team, along with professor Richard Haigh (my contribution was 50%) of or UN Sasakawa Award 2013 submission. Under the 2013 theme "Acting As One", the UN Sasakawa Award for Disaster Risk Reduction recognizes excellence in reducing disaster risk for a safer, more sustainable world.

  • 2013 - Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) award for the Best overall Paper, Malalgoda, C., Amaratunga, D. & Haigh, R., Empowering Local Governments in Making Cities Resilient To Disasters: Case Study as a Research Strategy, 11th International Postgraduate Research Conference (IPGRC 2013), Media City, UK, 8-10 April 2013.

  • 2013 - Guardian University Awards 2013 - runners up of the “International Strategy Category” and the university submission included my input as part of CDR (50% contribution) based on the Salford-led Conflict Prevention through Infrastructure Reconstruction project (www.reconstructionforpeace.org )

  • 2012 - Best Paper award. 6th International Conference on the Built Environment in Developing Countries – Fragmented futures: the built environment in a volatile world, School of Natural and Built Environments, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia, 4 – 5 December 2012. (with Taufika Ophiyandri & Chmainda Pathirage) . Paper title "Critical Success Factors for Community-Based Post-disaster Housing Reconstruction Projects"
  • 2012 – Highly Commended Award . 6th International Conference on the Built Environment in Developing Countries – Fragmented futures: the built environment in a volatile world, School of Natural and Built Environments, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia, 4 – 5 December 2012. (with Gayani Karunaseana and Raufdeen Rameezdeen) . Paper title "Post-disaster construction & demolition waste management: the case of COWAM project in the city of Galle, Sri Lanka"
  • 2012 - International Collaboration of the Year – University of Salford nomination for Time Higher Education Awards
  • 2012 - Best Supervisor nomination, Students’ Union Teaching Awards, University of Salford
  • 2011 - International Collaboration of the Year – Short listed, THE AWARDS (I, along with Professor  Richard Haigh was the University of Salford nomination for the Times Higher Education Awards 2011 - International Collaboration of the Year 2011 and we were  nominated for this prestigious award. This award recognises exceptional projects carried out jointly between a British institution and one or more international partners and in our case, between University of Salford and the Chamber of Construction Industry, Sri Lanka. It has the potential to impact the University in terms of international ranking and expertise, giving access to new networks and alliances, and sharing best practice)
  • 2010 - Best Paper award . CIB World Congress, Salford Quays, UK. Disasters and the Built Environment Theme (with Roshani Palliyaguru & Richard Haigh). Paper title "Policy implications of integration of disaster risk reduction to infrastructure reconstruction"
  • 2010 - Best Paper award . CIB World Congress, Salford Quays, UK. Postgraduate Research Theme (with Menaha Thayaparan & Richard Haigh). Paper title "Contribution of Women Managers towards the Construction Industry: Preliminary Findings"
  • 2009 - Best Paper Award. Associated School of Construction, USA, 2009 Annual International Conference, Florida, USA. Paper title "Principles of Integrating Research into Teaching in Higher Education: Built Environment Perspective"
  • 2009 - Best paper award (with Nirooja Thurairajah) . 9th International Postgraduate research conference in the built and human environment. Paper title "Empowerment of Women in Post Disaster Reconstruction: Research methodological perspectives"
  • 2008 - Highly commended award. Emerald Literati Network, 2008 Awards for Excellence (with Chaminda Pathirage & Richard Haigh). Paper title "Enhancing the quality and consistency of undergraduate dissertation assessment: A case study"
  • 2007 - Best paper award (with Chaminda Pathirage & Richard Haigh). 7th International Postgraduate research conference in the built and human environment. Paper title "The role of theory in research methods: from the philosophical stance"
  • 2004 - MERIT award - School of Construction and Property Management
  • 2002 - Received commendations (with David Baldry and Marjan Sarshar) . BIFM (British Institute of Facilities Management) Award for Best Paper on FM Innovation at the international CIB Working Commission W70 - The 2002 Global Symposium, Glasgow, UK. paper title "Performance Measurement in Facilities Management Organisations: Transition from Measurement to Management"
  • 2002 - Received commendation. (with Ghassan Aouad & Nick Bakis) DBF (Design and Build Foundation) Award for Best CIBW70 paper on the Integration of Design, Build and Facilities Management at the international CIB Working Commission W70 - The 2002 Global Symposium, Glasgow, UK. paper title "An Integrated Life Cycle Costing Database: System Proposal and Methodology"
  • 2001 - Emerald Literati Award for the Best Research Paper published in 2001. (with David Baldry and Marjan Sarshar) . paper title "Process Improvement through Performance Measurement: The Balanced Scorecard Methodology"
  • 2000 - Research Fellowship, British Federation of Women Graduates, London, UK
  • 2000 - RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) Award for the Best Paper, International Postgraduate Research Conference, University of Salford, UK.
  • 1999 - RICS Education Trust Fellowship for 1999, awarded by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), UK.
  • 1998 - Recipient of the Travel Award, awarded for the Best Paper, Bizarre Fruit Postgraduate Conference, University of Salford, UK.
  • 1997 - Overseas Research Students Award (ORS):awarded by the Committee of Vice Chancellors and Principles of Universities in the UK (CVCP) for outstanding academic excellence and research potential (1997 - 2000).
  • 1996 - TCDC scholarship (Technical Cooperation for Developing Countries) (Netherlands Government funded), Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand.
  • 1996 - CFTC Award (Commonwealth Fund for Technical Corporation, UK), Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand.
  • 1993 - The prestigious Sri Lanka Institute of Quantity Surveyors Award for the Best Overall Performance, B.Sc. (Hons.) in Quantity Surveying, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka.
  • 1993 - Professor H.P.S.Caldera Memorial Award for the Highest Average/Best Performance at the final year examination, B.Sc. (Hons). in Quantity Surveying, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka.
  • 1993 - Award for the Best Dissertation, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
  • 1993 - Distinction for the performance of Industrial Training Programme organised by the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka and the National Apprenticeship and Industrial Training Authority of Sri Lanka

Employment History

1. Current appointment

Professor of Disaster Risk Management, School of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Huddersfield, UK responsible for promoting research and scholarly activity in disaster mitigation and reconstruction. Appointed in September 2014.

2. Immediate previous appointment

  • Professor of Disaster Management, School of the Built Environment, responsible for promoting research and scholarly activity in disaster mitigation and reconstruction. Appointed in 2006.
  • Associate Head of School (International), School of the Built Environment (http://www.salford.ac.uk/built-environment ) November 2009 to August
  • Head, Centre for Disaster Resilience(www.salford.ac.uk/disaster-resilience), School of the Built Environment. September 2009 to August 2014. Centre for Disaster Resilience promotes research and scholarly activity that examines the role of the built environment industry to anticipate and respond to disasters that damage or destroy communities and their built, natural and human environment.

Other roles I’ve performed in association with my current appointment include:

  • Member of the College of Science and Technology Marketing and Recruitment Group, 2012 to 2014
  • Member of the College International Board, College of Science and Technology, 2011 to 2014
  • Member of the College Research and Innovation Board, College of Science and Technology, 2011 to 2014
  • Director, Centre for Education in the Built Environment, Research Institute for the Built and Human Environment. 2008 to September 2009.
  • Co-Programme Director of the MSc Disaster Mitigation and Reconstruction Programme, School of the Built Environment. 2008 to 2010.
  • Member of Research Institute for the Built and Human Environment. It is one of the leading research groups in the world in the field of Construction Processes, Construction Management, Facilities Management and IT. 2001 to 2010.
  • Member of the Faculty Board, Faculty of Business, Law and Built Environment. 2005 to 2010.
  • Member of the School Executive. September 2009 to August 2014.
  • University of Salford representative, Construction Industry Council representing Centre for Education in the Built Environment. 2002 to 2014.
  • Executive Committee Member. Research Institute for the Built and Human Environment. 2003 – 2007 & 2008 to 2010.
  • Coordinator of the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB – Conseil International du Btiment) Task Group 53 on Postgraduate Research Training in Building and Construction.  2003 to 2010.

 

3. Previous appointments

  • 2004 to 2006 Senior Lecturer, University of Salford, UK
  • 2002 to 2004 Lecturer, University of Salford, UK
  • 2001 to 2002 Research Fellow,  University of Salford, UK
  • Sep. 1998 –Sep.2002. Lecturer (part-time) in Quantity Surveying. School of Construction and Property Management, The University of Salford, Salford, UK.
  • Sep. 1999 – Jan. 2001. Research Assistant (full-time). School of Construction and Property Management, The University of Salford, Salford, UK.
  • 1997 – 2000. Overseas Research Students Awards Scholar. Research Institute for the Built and Human Environment.

Other responsibilities I’ve held in association with these appointments include:

  • Member, Research Institute for the Built and Human Environment Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) Management Board.  2002 – 2006.
  • Director of Postgraduate Research Studies tasked with providing academic leadership to, and taking overall responsibility for, postgraduate research studies within the Research Institute for the Built and Human Environment (BuHu). BuHu received the highest possible rating (6*) for its research quality in previous Research Assessment Exercises of 1992 and 1996 and 2001. 2002 – 2007.
  • Member of the University’s postgraduate research studies sub-committee. 2003 to 2007.
  • Co-ordinator (and mentor) for Research Institute’s and School’s Graduate Teaching Assistantship Scheme. 2003 – 2007.
  • Member of the University’s Postgraduate Research Studies Regulations working group. 2003 to  2007.
  • Member of the University’s PhD Viva Regulations working group. 2005 – 2007
  • Member. Faculty Research Committee. Faculty of Business, Law and Built Environment (formally Faculty of Business and Informatics). 2004 – 2007.
  • Member of University’s “ReKnowiT Working Group” (To develop proposals for establishing a synergetic relationship between research and teaching and implementing processes for enhancing student learning engendered by research) 2007.
  • Leader of the Quantity Surveying Degree review process of the School of Construction and Property Management Strategic Review Steering Committee responsible for the direction and co-ordination of a two-year initiative to review taught programme provision and developing new industry-focused, commercially viable programmes.
  • Research Admissions Co-ordinator. Research Institute for the Built and Human Environment. Responsible for all PhD admissions to the Research Institute. 2003 – 2007.
  • Member. Strategic Review of Teaching Committee. School of Construction and Property Management. 2003 – 2005.
  • Member. Quality Improvement Working Group. School of Construction and Property Management. 2003 – 2005.
  • Mentor for the school’s newly appointed members of academic staff. 2003 to date .
  • Personal Tutor, Research Institute’s PhD Research Programme 2003 – 2007.
  • Academic Adviser. CIB Student chapter. The University of Salford. 2003 to date.
  • Leader, Periodic Programme Review of the school’s Quantity Surveying Degree Programme Director (highly commended by the Audit Chair). 2003.
  • Postgraduate Research Training Director. Research Institute for the Built and Human Environment. Responsible for overall coordination of Research Institute’s Doctoral Research Training Programme.  Organiser and principal input to frequently   research methodology workshops associated with the Research Institute’s Postgraduate Programme of Research. 2002 – 2004.
  • School Spokesperson. Business Process Improvement Theme, School of Construction and Property Management. 2002 – 2005
  • Level Tutor, Quantity Surveying, School of Construction and Property Management. 2002 – 2004.
  • Programme Director, Quantity Surveying Degree Programme (RICS Accredited). 2002 – 2004.
  • Research Fellow (full-time), Salford Centre for Research and Innovation (EPSRC IMI), School of Construction and Property Management, The University of Salford, Salford, UK.  Jan. 2002 – Sep.  2002
  • Associate member of the £3M EPSRC Salford Centre for Research and Innovation (SCRI), renewed for £5M from January 2007. 2001-2006.  
  • Research Fellow (full-time). School of Construction and Property Management, The University of Salford, Salford, UK. Feb. 2001 – Dec. 2001.
  • Centre for Facilities Management Fellow. I was leading the team of then newly established Centre for Facilities Management at the School of Construction and Property Management. 2001 – 2002.
  • Final year Quantity Surveying Undergraduate Dissertation Tutor. 1999 to date.

Jan. 1994 – Sep. 1997  -  University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

  • Lecturer (full-time). Department of Building Economics, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka.  Jan. 1994 – Sep. 1997
  • Member. RICS Teaching Review Panel. 1997.
  • Commonwealth teaching counterpart. Commonwealth Fund for Technical Corporation (CFTC) Expert. Department of Building Economics. 1996 – 1997.
  • Member. Faculty Board. Faculty of Architecture. University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. 1995 – 1997.
  • Industrial Training Co-ordinator of the Department of Building Economics, for overall co-ordination of Industrial Training Program for undergraduates of the Department. 1995 – 1996.
  • Member. Building Economics Research Unit. 1995 – 1997.
  • Undergraduate Co-ordinator. The work included organising staff development programmes, staff appraisals, planning and implementing student counselling programmes, scheduling course work viva, time tabling, coordination of visiting and internal lectures. 1995 – 1996.

Other appointments

  • Visiting Lecturer. Department of Architecture, Faculty of Architecture, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka.1996 – 1997.
  • Joint Consultant - Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka – Norway Industrial Co-operation Programme; “A Study on the Building Products and Infrastructure Technology”. 1996 – 1997.
  • Visiting Lecturer.  Centre for Housing, Planning and Building, Ministry of Local Government, Housing and Construction, Colombo, Sri Lanka.Oct. 1995 – Sep. 1997.
  • Visiting Lecturer. Sri Lanka Institute of Architects. Colombo School of Architecture. 1995 – 1997.
  • Consultant Quantity Surveyor/Project Manager. (Part-time). Design Consortium Limited. Chartered Architects, Structural engineering and Quantity Surveyors, Colombo, Sri Lanka. Jan. 1994 – Oct. 1996
  • Research Assistant (Part-time). Institute for Construction, Training and Development, Ministry of Local Government, Housing and Construction, Colombo Sri Lanka. July 1992 – June 1993
  • Trainee Quantity Surveyor (Full time, as part of the Industrial Training Programme of the B.Sc. Honours in Quantity Surveying Degree Programme). R.Susil Weddikkara & Associates, Chartered Architects, Engineers and Quantity Surveyors, Dehiwala, Sri Lanka. 1992