Professor Amaratunga's research focuses on  disaster risk reduction  for development, capability and capacity building in built environment, with a particular interest in exploring construction's role in that context. To date, she has over  300 published papers, and has had over 30 PhD completions. Her interests in this research area was kindled in her whilst working as a research scholar and she has progressed in a number of different contexts through projects and with doctoral students and Research Assistants. She also has interests in the areas of facilities management its sustainability and performance management and process improvement initiatives.

Her research interests include: 

  • Disaster Risk Reduction in the Built Environment -  Understanding disaster risk
  • Preparedness for response and Post-Disaster Reconstruction
  • Gender-Responsive Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Women as a force in resilience building, gender equality in DRR
  • Disaster resilience from the perspective of the social/political, economic and physical sciences
  • Social impact of reconstruction
  • Capacity building for disaster mitigation and reconstruction
  • Post-conflict reconstruction
  • Women in construction 


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She is interested in PhD supervision in above other related areas. Please be in tough with her with your ideas via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.