My international research profile is evidenced by the number of invitations I received to lead events and visits, which is the reporting period of this submission. These opportunities provide the means to disseminate my research to international policy makers, industrialists and academics. They generate impact and enable me to play a leading role in shaping the built and human environment links to disaster mitigation and reconstruction, incorporating inclusiveness and social responsibility.
 
  • IOC-UNESCO Intergovernmental Coordination Group for the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (ICG/IOTWMS. Meeting and workshop of ICG/IOTWMS Intersessional Task Team on “Capacity Assessment of Tsunami Preparedness”, 4 - 5 September 2017, BMKG, Jakarta, Indonesia.
  • Session lead, Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction Challenge Workshop, Wissenschaftszentrum, Bonn, Germany, 4th May 2017
  • A training event with local government and key stakeholders on “Global agendas for building more sustainable, disaster resilient communities” was facilitated in 2016 in Eastern Provincial Council of Sri Lanka.  Its Minister of Transport Hon. Ariyawathie Galappathi and its Chief Secretary Mr.D.M. Sarath Abayagunawardana led the proceedings with the participation of 20 other government officials from the region.International Seminar Leader, Mainstreaming Disaster Resilience within the Construction Process. Visit of the High-Level Government and Local Government Delegation from Sri Lanka, 27th January 2017.
  • An invited facilitator at the Agenda Setting Workshop entitled “Creating a Resilient Future for Greater Manchester”, held at Manchester Town Hall on the 29th November 2016. It was organised by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and 100 Resilient Cities, a $164 million programme pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation, where city leaders and practitioners from across Greater Manchester came together to collectively set the agenda for Greater Manchester’s resilience journey. 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) is an initiative dedicated to helping cities to be better prepared for and quickly rebound from 21st century shocks and stresses. 
  • Public engagement on CADRE and ESPRESSO projects at the Inaugural UKADR conference, hosted by King's College London, 09–10 January 2017. Themes were Mainstreaming disaster resilience within the construction process and Climate chance adaptation and disaster risk reduction nexus dialogue.
  • A public engagement was held on: “Building sustainable disaster resilient communities” with the support of the Urban Council at Trincomalee Urban Council premises. December 2016.Engagement with the public in framing our research programmes that can be usable and used. Public awareness programme on Disaster Management was held on the 8th December 2016 in Nintavur, a village in the Eastern province of Sri Lanka, severely affected by tsunami and now constantly under treat to sea erosion. This was led by Prof. Richard Haigh and I, also with the input from Ms. Hemanthi Goonersekera, the CEO of Federation of Sri Lankan Local Government Authorities and Mr. Valleeth Mohamed of Asia Foundation December 2016.
  • trainingLed a workshop for Sri Lankan academics on International collaborations (“Benefits, challenges and enablers for international research partnerships”) at the Sri Lanka National Science Foundation (NSF). I was invited to be one of the lead facilitators by by Dr Thamara F. Dias, Director General of NSF for this work. The National Science Foundation (NSF) is Sri Lanka's Key Research Funding Council which is committed to generate knowledge, dissemination and transfer of knowledge and, more importantly, to ensure the effective utilization of knowledge, for the greater benefit. December 2916.
  • Led a workshop on International Research, upon an invitation received from the Vice Chancellor of University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, Prof. Ananada Jayawardena on the 16th December 2016.
  • ‘Towards evidence based policy’ debate - Reconciliation through Reconstruction and Resettlement. Panel of Experts. The panel explored the emerging evidence, and provide a basis for policy development aimed at reconstruction and resettlement that contributes to, rather than hinders reconciliation efforts. Proposers: Siri Hettige, Professor of Sociology Emeritus, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka; Dilanthi Amaratunga, Professor, Global Disaster Resilience Centre, University of Huddersfield, UK; and Richard Haigh, Professor, Global Disaster Resilience Centre, University of Huddersfield, UK. November 2016.
  • Session with the RICS (The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) on the topic of “Mainstreaming disaster resilience within the construction process”. Met with Alan Muse (RICS Global Director of Built Environment) and David Tuffin (Former RICS President and the RICS DM Champion). November 2016.
  • Public engagement - SPREssO project activities were disseminated to the Public of Huddersfield and Yorkshire, UK. On Friday 30th September 2016, the University of Huddersfield hosted the European Researchers’ Night – a Europe wide free event giving the public a unique opportunity to experience the real face of researchers. “Full STEAM ahead” was the theme for the event and it celebrated the exciting and varied research taking place at the University.
  • Mainstreaming Disaster Resilience within the Construction Processes, lead facilitator of the CADRE WORKSHOP on Mainstreaming Disaster Resilience within the Construction Process was held at the 6th International Building Resilience Conference 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand, from 7-9th of September, 2016
  • Lead facilitator of the Roundtable discussion: on the Direction of the Development of Sendai Framework “Words into Action” Implementation Guide for Construction Policy and Practice, a UNISDR initiative, was held at the recently held 6th International Building Resilience Conference 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand, from 7-9th of September, 2016.
  • A training event with local government and key stakeholders on “Global agendas for building more sustainable, disaster resilient communities” was facilitated in July 2016 in Eastern Provincial Council of Sri Lanka.  Its Minister of Transport Hon. Ariyawathie Galappathi and its Chief Secretary Mr.D.M. Sarath Abayagunawardana led the proceedings with the participation of 20 other government officials from the region.
  • A public engagement was held on: “Building sustainable disaster resilient communities” with the support of the Urban Council at Trincomalee Urban Council premises. July 2016
  • UNISDR WIASession lead, Development of Sendai Framework “Words into Action” Implementation Guides Working Group on DRR Governance and Accountability, Sendai Framework “Words into Action” Implementation Guides Working Group on DRR Governance and Accountability (25th January 2016), UNISDR, Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Lead facilitator of an international workshop entitled: “ Market Demands in the Construction Industry to Increase Societal Resilience to Disasters”, 9th December 2015 in Colombo, Sri Lanka as part of the CADRE (Collaborative Action towards Disaster Resilience Education)

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  • Facilitator at an international workshop entitled “Ensuring Accountability in Disaster Risk Management and Reconstruction" organized as a part of a global, regional and national partnership by SPARC, University of Colombo-Sri Lanka and Global Disaster Resilience Centre (GDRC), University of Huddersfield-UK, and Essex Accounting Centre, University of Essex-UK on the 8th December 2015 in Colombo Sri Lanka.
  • Session lead on “Research funding opportunities” at the British Council and Newton Researcher Links programme, funded multi-disciplinary international workshop entitled Development of Disaster Resilient Coastal Communities to Enhance Economic Development and Social Welfare, Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia, from 28th October – 1st November 2015
  • Session lead on “Publishing your research” at the British Council and Newton Researcher Links programme, funded multi-disciplinary international workshop entitled Development of Disaster Resilient Coastal Communities to Enhance Economic Development and Social Welfare, Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia, from 28th October – 1st November 2015
  • Session lead on “Raising Your Profile or How to let others know you are doing OK !!” at the British Council and Newton Researcher Links programme, funded multi-disciplinary international workshop entitled Development of Disaster Resilient Coastal Communities to Enhance Economic Development and Social Welfare, Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia, from 28th October – 1st November 2015
  • Contributor at the “Leading Disaster Risk Reduction: A seminar on preparing for and responding to disasters”, held on the 1st October 2015 in the Mountbatten Room, Christ’s College, University of Cambridge.
  • Organizer and Facilitator Reducing Disaster Risk in Urban Settings - Intergovernmental Segment, Ministerial Roundtable, 16th March 2015, at Sendai International Centre, Japan as part of the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.
  • Organizer and facilitator - Local Governments Roundtable, The Sendai International Centre in Japan, Third United Nations World Conference on Disaster Reduction (WCDRR), March 2015.
  • VietnamSession facilitator, Ecosystem Resilience in a Changing Climate. This programme was held from 18th to 21st May 2015 at the SIHYMECC Auditorium, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam and was organized by the Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre, Thailand. This programme was held from 18th to 21st May 2015 at the SIHYMECC Auditorium, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.
  • Lead facilitator, open briefing event on CASCADE findings. The major findings from the CASCADE project were presented at an open briefing event at the UK Research Office in Brussels. The event, held on 9th March 2015 was attended by over 25 representatives from European and South Asian government agencies, as well as funding bodies and other research groups. The event was held to raise awareness about the project and the opportunities for research and innovation collaboration between the EU and South Asia
  • Lead facilitator, Horizon 2020: Collaborating with EU Researchers for Research Excellence, 2nd December 2014, UGC Auditorium, 20, Ward Place, Colombo 07, Sri Lanka. The University Grants Commission (UGC) is the apex body of the University System in Sri Lanka which. The functions of the UGC are; planning and coordination of university education, allocation of funds to Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs), maintenance of academic standards, regulation of the administration of HEIs and regulation of admission of students to HEIs. Its vision is to be an excellent regulatory body which guide, develop and sustain a network of 'Centers of Excellence' in higher education meeting the national needs and aspirations in keeping with global trends. All 15 Sri Lankan universities are under its umbrella: University of Colombo, University of Peradeniya, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, University of Kelaniya, University of Moratuwa, University of Jaffna, University of Ruhuna, The Open University of Sri Lanka, South Eastern University of Sri Lanka, Rajarata University of Sri Lanka, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, Uva Wellassa University, University of the Visual & Performing Arts, Vice Chancellors of all these universities along with other scientists attended the event.
  • Preparatory Committee (Prep Com) second session discussions, leading up to the third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, to be held in Geneva Switzerland in November 2014.
  • Session lead, Collaborative Action towards Societal Challenges through Awareness, Development and Education (CASCADE) Regional project – Sri Lanka’s contribution), Science, Systems and Application towards sustainable Disaster Management, the future we want; Safer Sri Lanka; Disaster Management Conference; 24-26 September, 2014 – BMICH, Colombo 07, Sri Lanka. Organised by Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) in collaboration with Ministry of Disaster Management, Disaster management Centre, Department of Meteorology, National Building Research Organization, Universities of Salford, UK, Peradeniya & Ruhuna, Sri Lanka
  • Panel co-lead, panel discussion on Disaster Resilience education, 10th International Conference of The International Institute for Infrastructure Resilience and Reconstruction (I3R2): Collaboration for Effective Disaster Mitigation and Response was held from May 20-22, 2014 Purdue University, Indiana, USA
  • Lead facilitator, The Horizon 2020: Teaming up with the EU for Research Excellence, A workshop for Sri Lankan Scientists, organized by the National Science Foundation, Sri Lanka, in Collaboration with the European Union. May 2014.
  • Lead, Panel discussion on CADRE (Collaborative Action towards Disaster Resilience Education), CIB INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE 2014: W55/65/89/92/96/102/117 & TG72/74/81/83 Construction in a Changing World; KANDLAMA, SRI LANKA, MAY 2014
  • Lead, The Horizon 2020: Teaming up with the EU for Research Excellence - A workshop for Sri Lankan Scientists; organized by the National Science Foundation, Sri Lanka in Collaboration with the European Union, 2 May 2014, At the Auditorium, National Science Foundation, Sri Lanka, in collaboration with CASCADE (Collaborative Action towards Societal Challenges through Awareness, Development, and Education)
  • Lead, “Pathways for Sri Lankan Scientists via Horizon 2020: Opportunities for South Asian Institutions – a Workshop for University of Moratuwa Academic staff”, 2nd May 2014, Engineering faculty board room, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, in collaboration with CASCADE (Collaborative Action towards Societal Challenges through Awareness, Development, and Education)
  • Session lead, The Horizon 2020 – funding opportunities for research excellence; CIB INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE 2014: W55/65/89/92/96/102/117 & TG72/74/81/83 Construction in a Changing World; KANDLAMA, SRI LANKA, MAY 2014; in collaboration with CASCADE (Collaborative Action towards Societal Challenges through Awareness, Development, and Education)
  • UNHABITAT World Urban Forum - Resilience Dialogue:  Raising Standards of Urban Resilience Friday, 11 April 2014, Medellín, Columbia
  • UNHABITAT World Urban Forum University round table: Universities addressing Urban challenges. 10 April 2014, Medellín, Columbia. The roundtable gathered scholars, experts, researchers, university representatives and heads of thematic areas of UN- Habitat to discuss the role of knowledge and education, as well as the possible contributions of universities to address the challenges of sustainable urbanisation in the 21st century.
  • UNHABITAT World Urban Forum Gender and women round table - Gender equality and the new urban agenda. 11 April 2014, Medellín, Columbia. It addressed the linkages between gender equality, women’s empowerment and urbanisation as positive drivers of the New Urban Agenda, emphasizing the centrality of gender equality and women’s empowerment in furthering economic growth and achieving sustainable development in the New Urban Agenda. It also identified, developed and promoted strategies for enhancing gender equality and women’s empowerment as an integral part of the transformative change in the New Urban Agenda towards Post-2015, the Sustainable Development Goals and Habitat III.
  • I was invited by the European Commission to lead the Horizon 2020 launch for the South Asia region: “The Horizon 2020: Teaming up with EU for Research Excellence”. January 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka. Horizon 2020 is the new financial programme of the European Union (EU) for research and innovation and acts as the successor to the current programme (FP7) which will run until the end of 2013. It has a budget of just over €70 billion for the period between 2014 and 2020. The new programme is part of the drive to create new growth and jobs in Europe. Horizon 2020 brings together all existing Union research and innovation funding currently provided through the Framework Programme for Research and Technical Development (FP7), the innovation related activities of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).
  • Workshop Leader on "Capacity Building on Disaster Resilient Measures", Southern Province, Sri Lanka – 17th September 2013, Herritance Ahungalle, Sri Lanka. In association with International Conference on Building Resilience 2013, Heritance Ahungalla, Sri Lanka 17th – 19th September 2013. Collaborators: Federation of Sri Lankan Local Government Authorities; Southern Provisional Council, Sri Lanka; and Centre for Disaster Resilience, University of Salford; In support of UNISDR Resilient Cities Programme
  • ICBR2013National launch of the United Nations Global Assessment Report. In association with International Conference on Building Resilience 2013, Heritance Ahungalla, Sri Lanka 17th – 19th September 2013. The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, in its third and the latest edition, emphasises the importance of the business case for disaster risk reduction. It highlights how the transformation of the global economy over the last forty years has led to rapid increases in disaster risk in low, medium and high-income countries, affecting businesses and societies. The GAR report states that economic losses linked to natural disasters are ‘out of control’ and will only increase without more focus on disaster risk management. This can only be reduced with an effective public and private sector partnership. A panel discussion at the Conference provided an opportunity to contextualise the GAR theme within a Sri Lankan context.
  • Workshop Leader on "Millennium Development Goals", Planning Urban and Rural Infrastructure, Development Practice Programme of the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. This is supported by MacArthur Foundation and the Earth Institute, Columbia University and is part of a global network of over 20 similar programmes in 16 countries which have been developed in accordance with the recommendations of the International Commission on Education for Sustainable Development Practice. July 2013
  • Workshop Leader on "Poverty and infrastructure", Planning Urban and Rural Infrastructure, Development Practice Programme of the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. July 2013
  • Workshop Leader on "Writing a good proposal", Department of Civil Engineering, RAZAK School of Engineering and Advanced Technology, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, March 2013.
  • Workshop Leader on "An insider’s guide to getting published in research journal", RAZAK School of Engineering and Advanced Technology, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, March 2013.
  • Workshop Lead on Communication Research Needs for Building Societal Resilience, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, November 2012.
  • RMITSession on Challenges in Managing Housing Needs in Post-Conflict Housing Reconstruction, TOWARDS A RESEARCH PARTNERSHIP IN DISASTER MANAGEMENT AND RESILIENCE SYMPOSIUM, 29th November 2012, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
  • Session on Rebuilding for Resilience: Post-Disaster Reconstruction of the Built Environment, Breaking the Mould Conference, Durham University Humanitarian Aid and Empowering Local Communities, 1st - 3rd August, 2012, Durham University, Calman Learning Centre, Durham.
  • Session on Evaluation of Community Risk Assessment method for development of disaster risk reduction strategies and climate change adaptation plans, Breaking the Mould international conference, Breaking the Mould Conference, Durham University Humanitarian Aid and Empowering Local Communities, 1st - 3rd August, 2012, Durham University, Calman Learning Centre, Durham.
  • Creating Disaster Resilient Cities, Breaking the Mould international conference, Durham University Humanitarian Aid and Empowering Local Communities, 1st - 3rd August, 2012, Durham University, Calman Learning Centre, Durham.
  • Session lead on “Gender sensitivity in reconstruction”. Seminar on Reconstruction as a tool for conflict transformation and peace building, March 2012, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  • Session on “Ten-point Checklist - Essentials for Making Cities Resilient”, Resilient City Programme, Sri Lanka - Disaster Risk Management Training Program for Local Government Councils, organised by the Ministry of Disaster Management Sri Lanka and Disaster Management Centre, Sri Lanka in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka, March 2012. Participants included representatives from Mannar UC, Eravur UC and Batticaloa MC, District DMC Assistant Directors, Resource Persons and Facilitators
  • Workshop and CPD Event Lead - “Lifelong Learning: Challenges and Responses to Quantity Surveying Educational Needs - BELLCURVE (Built Environment Lifelong Learning Challenging University Responses to Vocational Education)”. “Cost management in a real world emerging from adversity”, 15th Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors Congress, Organised by Institute of Quantity Surveyors Sri Lanka (IQSSL), July 2011, Sri Lanka.
  • Session lead, International Conference on Sustainable Built Environment, Kandy, Sri Lanka, December 2010.
  • Session lead "Emergency Preparedness" - Annual International Conference on Disaster Management, organized by the International Institute for Infrastructure, Renewal and Reconstruction (IIIRR), USA, in collaboration with American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), USA, November 2010
  • Session lead. International Workshop on Disaster Risk reduction and Resilient Cities, Batticaloa, Eastern Sri Lanka, June 2010. Resilient Cities Initiative 2010 - 2011. United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR)
  • National Training Workshop on Disaster Risk Assessment and Management for the Coastal Zone of Sri Lanka - Developing a knowledge base on Hazards, Vulnerabilities and Capacities for Disaster Risk Reduction, Colombo, Sri Lanka, June 2010 
  • Session chair, Workshop on Capacity Development for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Built Environment, CIB World Congress 2010: Meeting Society’s Challenges – Disaster Management, CIB World Congress, Salford Quays, Salford, UK, May 2010
  • Session lead: “Capacity building for disaster preparedness and reconstruction, at the UNDP National Training Workshop on Disaster Risk Assessment and Management for the Coastal Zone of Sri Lanka - Developing a knowledge base on Hazards, Vulnerabilities and Capacities for Disaster Risk Reduction, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Session on Disaster “risk reduction and the built environment”, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia, March 2010
  • Session on “social impact of reconstruction”, Centre for Refugee Studies, York University, Toronto, Canada
  • Session lead at the Mini-Symposium organised by the International Institute for Infrastructure, Renewal and Reconstruction (IIIRR), Schulich School of Engineering, University of Calgary, Canada, February 2010. Title of the symposium was “Best practices for disaster management” and the title of the session was “Risk management for community based post disaster reconstruction”
  • Session on disasters and the built environment, Eastern University of Sri Lanka, Batticaloa, Sri Lanka, November 2009.
  • Session lead – disaster management applications in the built environment. University of Cape Town, South Africa, October 2009.
  • Session lead titled “Capacity building for rehabilitation and reconstruction”. annual international conference on “Impact of natural hazards and disasters on social & economic infrastructure development, organised by the Infrastructure Institute for Renewal & Reconstruction, Ahungalla, Sri Lanka, July 2009.
  • Session lead, session title “Disaster Risk Reduction through capacity building – Sharing and Managing the Lessons Learnt from Asian Tsunami”, Ministry of Disaster Management and Human Rights, Disaster Management Centre International Symposium on “Impact of Post Disaster Waste Management towards Disaster Risk Reduction, National Symposium on Promoting Knowledge transfer to Strengthen Disaster Risk Reduction & Climate Change Adoption”, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2008.
  • EURASIA teamLeader - EURASIA (European and Asian Infrastructure Advantage) Workshop, The International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction (ISARC 2008) - 25th jubilee symposium. The 25th ISARC (ISARC 2008) was held in Vilnius, Lithuania, from June 27th to 29th of 2008. Title of the session “Development of a Virtual Research Environment to Enhance Collaboration on International Research Projects”
  • Invited to lead a weeklong workshop on creation and long-term management of public and commercial facilities and infrastructure at the Department of Building Economics, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. June 2007
  • Invited to deliver a series of seminars, workshops and lecturers on long-term management of facilities and infrastructure management at the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. June 2007.
  • Invited lectures on: Facilities management concepts; FM Organisational context; Concepts of performance Measurement; FM and its performance measurement; Performance improvement as a continuous process; Building performance and post occupancy evaluation; Moving from performance measurement to management - new directions, Department of Building Economics, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. June 2007
  • Invited lecture on Introduction to Facilities Management at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka. June 2007
  • Invited presentation on Development of Research Culture at University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka. June 2007
  • Invited session as part of the 7th International Postgraduate Research Conference in the Built and Human” Environment conference. Held at Salford Quays, Salford: UK, 2007. Workshop entitled “getting published in journals”
  • Invited to lead a workshop on PhD research skills and delivered an invited presentation titled “presentation on writing for academic publications” and “surviving the viva”, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, September 2007
  • Invited to lead a workshop on PhD research skills and delivered an invited presentation titled “presentation on writing for academic publications” and “surviving the viva”, Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM), Shah Alam, Malaysia, September 2007
  • Invited to lead a research skills development workshop, CIB World Congress, Cape Town, South Africa, May 2007. This event was organised and hosted by the Southern African Built Environment Research Center (SABERC), Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Cape Town, South Africa and University of Port Elizabeth - Department of Construction Management - Institute for the Study of Construction Processes, South Africa
  • Invited to lead a session and deliver a presentation titled “Disaster management and construction” Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics, “The role of the construction industry in disaster preparedness, response and recovery”, The World Bank, Bled, Slovenia, May 2007.
  • Invited international workshops and seminars, emphasising the international standing in the field: for e.g. Leader for Session on Disaster Management, RICS COBRA Conference: London, September 2006
  • Invited by the CIB (International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction) to develop a set of guidelines on supplementary skills for postgraduate students. 2006
  • Invited session as part of the 6th International Postgraduate Research Conference in the Built and Human Environment conference. Held at TNO Delft, The Netherlands, 2006. Workshop entitled “Qualitative data analysis”
  • Several invited presentations at national/international teaching and learning conferences, lectures and seminars, most recent being the presentations made at 2nd annual built environment education conference (BEECON 2006) on Recruitment and Retention: The way forward, held in London from 12- 13 September 2006 and Bringing Research and Teaching Together, The Higher Education Academy Conference, November 2006.
  • Invited to lead an international research workshops part of the CIB W89 International Conference on Building Education and Research (BEAR2006) held in Hong Kong. Title of the workshop was “Research Methodologies”. 2006
  • Invited to lead a special Session on “Post Disaster Management Strategies”. 2006 Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) annual International Conference (COBRA), University College London. Session included an introduction to the work of the RICS Disaster Management Commission and presentations based on three papers titled: “An exploration of the construction industry’s role in disaster preparedness, response and recovery”; “Review of impact of post tsunami reconstruction and rehabilitation on infrastructure facilities”; and “Role of Built Environment education curricula in post disaster recovery management”.
  • Invited session as part of the 5th International Postgraduate Research Conference in the Built and Human Environment conference. Held at Salford Quays, Salford: UK, 2005. Workshop entitled “Structuring the thesis and its preparation”
  • Facilitator for CIB international research methodology Workshop, CIB W89 BEAR 2006 Conference, Hong Kong: April 2006, Research methods CIOB workshop, QUT, Brisbane, Austrian, July 2005.
  • Invited to lead two workshops organised as part of the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Research Week and RICS COBRA annual International Conference held in Australia. Titles of the workshops held were: “Research Methods” and “Thesis Writing”. 2005
  • Invited presentation at Workshop on Teaching and Research Relationship: Developing Institutional Policy and Practice on a UK-wide conference on institutional policies, structures, processes and practices to develop the relationship between teaching and research. Higher Education Academy, London. November 2005.
  • Invited session as part of the 4th International Postgraduate Research Conference in the Built and Human Environment conference. Held at Salford Quays, Salford: UK, 2004. Workshop entitled “Completing your PhD successfully”.
  • Invited to lead a research methodology workshop. University of Moratuwa, December 2004. Titles of the sessions were: “Overview of Qualitative and Quantitative Paradigms”; “Use of case studies in building and construction research”; and “Use of surveys and interviews to gather data”, 2004.
  • Invited by the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka to deliver a programme on research methodology (qualitative and quantitative research methods (for built environment research University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka (Sri Lanka, 2004)
  • Invited to lead various staff development workshops for the benefit of fellow members of academic staff and research staff: for e.g. “Good Practice Guidelines for Research Knowledge Transfer into teaching within the Built Environment”, “Improving Dissertation Assessment Practice”. These workshops help to promote ideas and initiative in this area, which has become of critical importance as we seek to exploit our excellent research activities for the benefit of the profession. 2001 – 2004
  • Facilitated a workshop on, “Stakeholder engagement to address social vulnerability”, Regional Workshop on Coastal Hazards and applications in Risk Assessment and Mitigation organised by UNESCO/IOC, Paris, 19-22 March 2013, Mount Lavinia Hotel, Sri Lanka.
  • Session lead on Gender Mainstreaming in Construction, Chamber of Construction Industry Sri Lanka, Habarana, Sri Lanka, December 2011
  • Session Lead on Gender Mainstreaming in Conflict Transformation: The Built Environment’s Perspective, Chamber of Construction Industry Sri Lanka, Habarana, Sri Lanka, December 2011 
  • Session Lead titled: "Disaster Resilient Built Environment: A Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction Approach", Patuakhali Science and Technology University, Patuakhali, Bangladesh, September 2011
  • Leader, Disaster Management theme, RICS Construction, Building and Real Estate International Research conference (COBRA 2010), September 2010, Paris, France. 
  • “Building Capacity for Disaster Resilience” Theme Leader, “Total Disaster Management: From Effective Prevention to Post Disaster Full Recovery - “Emergent research themes and directions for the future” Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) seminar, Salford, UK. 2008.
  • Session lead on “Capacities, Disasters and the Built Environment: Strategies to enhance capacity for disaster mitigation and reconstruction of the built environment”, Social Development and Transition: Paths for Global-Local Partnership conference, Kathmandu, Nepal, organised by The Asia-Pacific Branch of the International Consortium for Social Development, in Kathmandu, Nepal. November 2008
  • Session leader, Building Capacity for Disaster resilience, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Total Disaster Management: From Effective Prevention to Post Disaster Full Recovery - “Emergent research themes and directions for the future”, University of Salford, UK, January 2008.
  • Invited by the Department of Building Economics, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka to deliver a series of lectures on research methodologies for its undergraduate and postgraduate students. December 2004.

A large number of international conference presentations were made from 1994 onwards.