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.

 

Educational Qualifications

• 2001- PhD degree, Research Institute for the Built and Human Environment, The University of Salford, UK. Thesis title: “Theory Building in Facilities Management Performance Measurement: Application of Core Performance Measurement and Management Principles”

• 1993 - B.Sc. in Quantity Surveying, 4-year Degree Programme, (First Class Hons.), Department of Building Economics, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka; Class Rank: First (obtained the highest average) in all four years of studies; The percentages of the aggregate marks obtained by me at each examination are the highest for any candidate, culminating in an overall degree average of 76.73%, which is once again the highest overall degree average for any candidate

• 1986 -General Certificate of Education – Advanced Level, Visakha Vidyalaya, Colombo, Sri Lanka (Pure Mathematics – B; Applied Mathematics – B ; Chemistry - C ; Physics - C )

• 1983 - General Certificate of Education – Ordinary Level, Visakha Vidyalaya, Colombo, Sri Lanka. Obtained Distinctions for all subjects

 

Professional Qualifications

• 2016: Fellow, The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), UK
• 2008 – 2016 : Member, The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), UK
• 2002 : Fellow, Higher Education Academy, UK;
• 2007 – Member, Sri Lanka Institute of Quantity Surveyors

 

Academic Achievements/Awards

2016 Best Paper Award. CIB World Building Congress, Tampere, Finland, June 2016.  (with Chamindi Malalgoda & Richard
Haigh). Paper title " Knowledge gaps in the construction industry to increase societal  resilience: A local and national government perspective”. 2016 CIB World 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.

2014 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.

2014 AXA Outlook award short list – August 2014 - 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. 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. Along with Professor Richard Haigh was nominated 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, 2013. (witChamindi Malalgoda & Richard Haigh), “Empowering Local Governments in Making Cities Resilient 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 based on the project I co-led on Conflict Prevention through Infrastructure Reconstruction which brought together a creative international collaboration which improved understanding of the relationships between physical infrastructure reconstruction programmes and social cohesion among people affected by conflict, helping local stakeholders deliver conflict-sensitive reconstruction programmes.

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 (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. Initiative on Conflict Prevention through Infrastructure Reconstruction which I was the Co-I

2011 Best Supervisor short listed, Students’ Union Teaching Awards, University of Salford, UK

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 one of the five shortlisted 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, a series of projects to contribute to conflict mitigation and recovery. We helped to better understand and develop local capacity to reconstruct housing, public buildings and infrastructure to restore dignity, provide job opportunities and increase social cohesion)

2010 Best Paper award. CIB World Congress, Salford Quays, Salford, UK. May 2010. with Roshani Palliyaguru, “Policy Implications of Integration of Disaster Risk Reduction to Infrastructure Reconstruction”. In the proceedings of Building a Better World - CIB 2010 World Congress, 10-13 May 2010 Salford Quays - United Kingdom

2010 RICS Best Paper award. RICS COBRA conference, Paris, France. Disaster prevention and management theme paper

2009 Best Paper Award. Associated School of Construction, USA, 2009 Annual International Conference, Florida, USA. With Sepani Senaratne, ‘Principles of Integrating Research into Teaching in Higher Education: Built Environment Perspective’.

2009 Best paper award. 9th International Postgraduate research conference in the built and human environment, University of Salford, UK

2008 Highly commended award. Emerald Literati Network. 2008 Awards for Excellence. With Chaminda Pathirage, Richard Haigh & David Baldry, 'Enhancing the quality and consistency of
undergraduate dissertation assessment: A case study', The Journal of Quality Assurance in Education, (2007), Vol. 15 (3), pp.271‐ 286.

2007 Best paper award. 7th International Postgraduate research conference in the built and human environment. With Thurairajah, N. & Haigh, R. (2007), Confronting Barriers to Women in Leadership Positions: A Study on Construction Industry”, Proceedings of 7th International Postgraduate Conference in the Built and Human Environment, Salford Quays, UK: 28th – 29th March.

2004 MERIT award - School of Construction and Property Management, University of Salford, UK

2002 Received commendation. BIFM (British Institute of Facilities Management) Award for Best Paper on FM Innovation at the international CIBW70 conference. “Performance Measurement in Facilities Management Organisations: Transition from Measurement to Management”, paper presented at CIB Working Commission W70 - The 2002 Global Symposium, Glasgow, UK

2002 Received commendation. DBF (Design and Build Foundation) Award for Best CIBW70 paper on the Integration of Design, Build and Facilities Management at the international CIB W70 conference. “An Integrated Life Cycle Costing Database: System Proposal and Methodology”, paper presented at CIB Working Commission W70 - The 2002 Global Symposium, Glasgow, UK.

2001 Emerald Literati Award for the Best Research Paper published in 2001. With Baldry, D. &
Sarshar, M. (2001), ‘Process Improvement through Performance Measurement: The Balanced Scorecard Methodology’, Work Study Journal, 50:4/5:179-188. (This paper was also among the first 100 most cited papers among emerald published papers in 2005)

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. Paper titled: “Theory Building in Facilities Management Research: Case Study Methodology”, in the proceedings of the Bizarre Fruit Postgraduate Conference

1999 RICS Education Trust Award 1999, 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. Paper titled: Post-Occupancy Evaluation of Higher Education Teaching Spaces - A Methodological Approach

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, and obtained the highest marks of the year. University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. Dissertation titled: ‘Price Fluctuation Reimbursements in Sri Lankan Building Contracts’, BSc. Dissertation, Department of Building Economics, 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

1992 University of Moratuwa Award, Highest Average at the B.Sc. Hons. Quantity Surveying Degree programme, Third Year examination

1991 University of Moratuwa Award, Highest Average at the B.Sc. Hons. Quantity Surveying Degree programme, Second Year examination

1990 University of Moratuwa Award, Highest Average at the B.Sc. Hons. Quantity Surveying Degree programme, First Year examination

 

Employment 

Current appointment

• Professor of Disaster Risk 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

• 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.