Employment and Experience

 

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. 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.

 

Employment

Current appointment

HUD

  • Professor of Disaster Risk Reduction  and Management, The University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, Huddersfield HD1 3DH, UK. Appointed 1st September 2014-date
  • Head, Global Disaster Resilience Centre. September 2014-date. What would it be like to live in a world in which government authorities, businesses, communities and individuals work together to create a society that can withstand the effects of unforeseen events and threats? At the Global Disaster Resilience Centre, we are working with stakeholders at the global, national and local level to make this happen.

 

Immediate previous appointment

  • Professor of Disaster Management, School of the Built Environment, University of Salford, UK. Responsible for promoting research and scholarly activity in disaster mitigation and reconstruction. 2006 - 31st August 2014
  • Associate Head of School (International), School of the Built Environment, University of Salford, UK. 2009 - 2014.
  • Head, Centre for Disaster Resilience, School of the Built Environment, University of Salford, UK. September 2009 to 2014.

Previous appointments

1997 to 2006 – University of Salford, UK

  • 2004 – 2006. Senior Lecturer (full-time), School of Construction and Property Management, University of Salford, UK
  • 2002 – 2004. Lecturer (full-time), School of Construction and Property Management, University of Salford, UK
  • Jan. 2002 – Sep. 2002 . Research Fellow (full-time), Salford Centre for Research and Innovation (EPSRC IMI), School of Construction and Property Management, The University of Salford, Salford, UK.
  • Feb. 2001 – Dec. 2001. Centre for Facilities Management Fellow (full-time). I was leading the team of then newly established Centre for Facilities Management at the School of Construction and Property Management.
  • Sep. 1998 –Sep.2002. Lecturer (part-time) in Quantity Surveying. School of Construction and Property Management, University of Salford, Salford, UK.
  • Sep. 1999 – Jan. 2001. Research Assistant (full-time). School of Construction and Property Management, University of Salford, Salford, UK.
  • 1997 – 2000. Overseas Research Students Awards Scholar. Research Institute for the Built and Human Environment, University of Salford, Salford, UK.

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

UoM

  • UoM 1994
  • University of Moratuwa - 1994

 

  • Lecturer (full-time). Department of Building Economics, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka.
  • Jan. 1994 – Sep. 1997. Commonwealth teaching counterpart. Commonwealth Fund for Technical Corporation (CFTC) Expert. Department of Building Economics. 1996 – 1997.

 

Current external responsibilities 

  • Member of the European Commission’s Joint Research Center (JRC) and UNISDR, European Science & Technology Advisory Group (E-STAG).The principal goal of the European Scientific and Technical Advisory Group (E-STAG) is to provide scientific and technical support to the 56 European and Central Asian countries for the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, and other DRR related relevant frameworks or policies in the EU.
  • A member of the Advisory Board of the Federation of Local Governments Authorities Sri Lanka (FSLGA) for the period 2018-2022 new term of the local council, to ensure strategic direction and guidance needed ahead. The Federation of Sri Lankan Local Government Authorities (FSLGA) is the umbrella organisation for all 346 local government associations in Sri Lanka.
  • Expert member, ICG/IOTWMS inter-sessional Task Team on “Capacity Assessment of Tsunami Preparedness", ICG/IOTWMS.
  • Joint Editor in Chief, International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment. Published by Emerald Publishing, UK. 
  • Executive Board Member, Association of Disaster Management Professionals, Sri Lanka (ADRiM)
  • Global Working Group Co- Leader. Words into action – leading UNISDR (United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction) Words into Action Guidelines on Accountability within the context of disaster risk governance
  • Global Working Group Leader, Words into action – leading UNISDR (United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction) Words into Action Guidelines on Construction Practice and Policy.
  • One of two in the UK, formally appointed UNISDR (United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction) Resilient Cities Advocates
  • Steering committee member, UNISDR Making Cities Resilient to Disasters Campaign 
  • Memeber of the Board of Advisors, Article 25
  • Visiting Professor, UTM Razak School, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Malaysia.
  • Appointed International Faculty: “Transformation of University of Moratuwa to International Level”, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka.
  • International Expert, Ministry of Disaster Management, Sri Lanka

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