I maximise the impact of my research base by identifying and coordinating powerful research collaborations across Europe, Asia, North America, Africa and Australasia. These collaborative research programmes raise the recognition and reputation of my research and in turn the university’s as an international player, while simultaneously enabling me to increase its research capacity and deliver world class research outputs. I work with other academic groups at leading Universities who share its values and desire to deliver applied research and innovation across and outside the built environment disciplines. By working closely with these international partners, I have managed to obtain funding for international research from a wide variety of sources, including the European Union, UK and other national research councils, Foreign and the Commonwealth Office. Following is a list of my successful research collaborations:

 

A study of the upstream-downstream interface in end-to-end tsunami early warning and mitigation systems
Partners: ITB, Indonesia; University of Colombo, Sri Lanka; ADPC, Thailand
Date of commencement : 1st October 2017

 

Mainstreaming Integrated Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaption Strategies into Coastal Urban Agglomeration Policy
Scheme: British Council Newton Institutional Links scheme.
HUD team: Richard Haigh (PI): Dilanthi Amaratunga (COI)
Value: £ 116,820
Date of commencement: April 2017
Partnership: Institute of Technology Bandung, Indonesia (lead overseas partner), National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB), Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysical Agency (BMKG), UNESCO ICG/IOTWMS, Ministry of Agrarian and Spatial Planning

 

CABARETCABARET (Capacity Building in Asia for Resilience EducaTion)
Scheme: Erasmus+ Call: Capacity Building in the Field of Higher Education EAC/A04/2015
HUD team: Richard Haigh (PI): Dilanthi Amaratunga (COI)
Value: € 993,340.00
Submitted on: 10/02/2016 - 12:00 (CET/CEST)
Date of commencement: February 2017
Partnership: University of Huddersfield, UK (leading); University of Central Lancashire, UK; IHC Cantabria - Environmental Hydraulics Institute, Spain; Mining and Geology University, Sofia, Bulgaria; University of Malta, Malta; Riga Technical University, Latvia; University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka; University of Peradeniya (UoP), Sri Lanka; ITB Bandung, Indonesia; University of Andalas, Indonesia; Maldives National University, Maldives; De La Salle University, Philippines; Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines; Mandalay technology university, Myanmar; Yangon university, Myanmar

 

PhilLOCALISING STRATEGIES FOR MAKING CITIES RESILIENT TO DISASTERS
Funding body: British Council funded Newton Researcher Links Scheme
Institutions: Global Disaster Resilience Centre, University of Huddersfield & De La
Sallle University, Manila, Philippines
Period: 2017 – 2018
Value: £ 67,200
HUD Team: Professor Dilanthi Amaratunga (PI) & Professor Richard Haigh (CO-I)
Submission details: Submitted in September 2016 and was selected for funding on the 27th January 2017

 

 

ESPRESSOESPREssO: Enhancing Synergies for disaster PRevention in the EurOpean Union
Scheme: DRS-10-2015: Disaster Resilience & Climate Change topic 2: Natural Hazards: Towards risk reduction science and innovation plans at national and European level
Value: € 2.05 million
Partnership: AMRA – Analisi e Monitoraggio del Rischio Ambientale Scarl (Italy) – Lead; GFZ- Helmholtz-Zentrum Potsdam Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum (Germany); BRGM – Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières (France); DKKV – Deutsches Komitee Katastrophenvorsorge e.V. (Germany); ETHZ – Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (Switzerland); HUD – Global Disaster Disaster Resilience Centre, University of Huddersfield (UK); KU – Københavns Universitet (Denmark)
Duration: 30 months commencing May 2016.
HUD Team: Professor Dilanthi Amaratunga (PI) & Professor Richard Haigh (CO-I)

 

CRESCENDO (CRESCENDO: Community Resilience Engaging Society, Culture, and ENvironment against Disaster Outcomes)
Value: £ 30,000.00
Duration: 3 years commencing 2016.
Partners: Global Disaster Resilience Centre, University of Huddersfield, UK (lead) ; University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka; University of Colombo, Sri Lanka; University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
HUD team: Richard Haigh (PI): Dilanthi Amaratunga (COI)

 

ASCENTASCENT – Advancing Skill Creation to ENhance Transformation
Scheme: Erasmus+ programme – European Commission
Value: € 983,089.00
Duration: 36 months, starting March 2016
Lead partner: Global Disaster Resilience Centre, University of Huddersfield, UK
Project Managers: Prof. Dilanthi Amaratunga (PI) & Prof. Richard Haigh (COI)
Partnership: 16 international collaborators - Global Disaster Resilience Centre, University of Huddersfield, UK (Lead); University of Central Lancashire, UK; Lund University, Sweden; Mid Sweden University, Sweden; Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Lithuania; Tallinn Institute of Technology, Estonia; University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka; University of Colombo, Sri Lanka; University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka; University of Naresuan, Thailand; Chiang Mai UniversityUniversity, Thailand ; Dhaka University, Bangladesh; PSTU University, Bangladesh; BRAC University, Bangladesh; Federation of Sri Lankan Local Government Authorities, Sri Lanka (associate partner - industry); Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre, Thailand (associate partner – industry) 

 

ASCENTCADRE (Collaborative Action towards Disaster Resilience Education)

Scheme: LLP Multi-lateral projects
Total value of the project: € 569 078 (2013 - 2016)
Partnership: 7 partners from EU and third countries – UK, Estonia, Italy, France, Sri Lanka - University of Huddersfield, UK (lead); Northumbrian University, UK; Tallinn Institute of Technology, Estonia; Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (VGTU), Lithuania; Federation of Sri Lankan Local Govt. Authorities (FSLL), Sri Lanka; University of Moraruwa, Sri Lanka; UNISDR, Switzerland
Lead researchers: Dilanthi Amaratunga (PI) & Richard Haigh (COI)

 

 

 

Enhancing resilience of critical road infrastructure: bridges, culverts and flood ways

Lead partner: RMIT in Australia, Professor Sujeeva
Duration of the project: 7 years
Approximate value of: Aus$ 5 million
Funded by: Bush fire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre (BNHCRC), Disaster Resilience Australia.  
Project Managers: Prof. Dilanthi Amaratunga (PI) & Prof. Richard Haigh (COI)
Partners: University of Southern Queensland; University of Melbourne; University of Huddersfield, UK ; Lockyer Valley Regional Council; Department of Fire & Emergency Services, Technology and Assets; VicRoads.

 

Development of disaster resilient coastal communities to enhance economic development and social welfare
Funder: British Council funded Newton Researcher Links project
Institutions: Global Disaster Resilience Centre, University of Huddersfield & Institute of Technology Bandung, Indonesia
Period: 2015 – 2016
Team: Professor Richard Haigh, Professor Dilanthi Amaratunga, University of Huddersfield & Dr Harkunti Rahayu, Institute of Technology Bandung, Indonesia

 

CASCADECASCADE (Collaborative Action towards Societal Challenges through Awareness, Development, and Education)
Scheme: FP7 ACTIVITIES OF INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION: Bi-regional coordination of Science & Technology (S&T) cooperation including priority setting and definition of S&T cooperation policies
Type of funding scheme: Coordination and support actions (Supporting);
Lead researchers: Dilanthi Amaratunga (PI) & Richard Haigh (COI)
Value: Euro 300,000 (2013 – 2015)
List of participants: University of Salford (USAL) / University of Huddersfield, UK (from September 2014), UK; University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN), UK; Tallinn University of Technology (TUT), Estonia; Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (VGTU), Lithuania; University of Bologna (UNIBO), Italy; Fondation pour la recherche stratégique (FRS), France; Nangarhar University (NU), Afghanistan; Patuakhali Science and Technology University (PSTU), Bangladesh; Royal Institute of Management (RIM), Bhutan; Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University (IOE), Nepal; Volunteers for Development Nepal (VFD), Nepal; University of Peshawar (UoP), Pakistan; Local Councils Association of the Punjab (LCAP), Pakistan; University of Moratuwa,Sri Lanka; Federation of Sri Lankan Local Govt. Authorities (FSLL), Sri Lanka; Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC), Sri Lanka; Institute of Governance and Development (IGD), MALDIVES

 

Other grants

  •  Collaborative Reformation of Curricula on Resilience Management with Intelligent Systems in Open Source and Augmented Reality (RESINT); Scheme: LLP Multi-lateral projects – Knowledge Alliance; Team include: Dilanthi Amaratnga (PI) and Richard Haigh (COI); Value: Euro 570,000 (2013 – 2016); Partnership included: University of Bologna (lead partner); University of Huddersfield, UK; Ser.In.Ar. - Servizi integrati d’area Forlì-Cesena Soc.Cons.p. (SERINAR), Italy; SudgestAid S.C.a.R.L., Italy; Metaforum S.L., Spain; Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain; Association of Local Authorities in Lithuania, Lithuania; JSC, Getweb, Lithuania; Ud'ANET University G.D'Annunzio New Enterprise Technology, Italy
  • CENEAST Reformation of the Curricula on Built Environment in the Eastern Neighbouring Area; Value: €998,601 of funding from the Tempus EU Programme; EU TEMPUS Joint Projects, Action: Curricula Reform, (CEN-EAST) Reformation of the Curricula on Built Environment in the Eastern Neighbouring Area; University of Huddersfield team:  Dilanthi Amaratunga (PI) & Richard Haigh (COI); Partnership: Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (lead partner), Lithuania; Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna, Italy; University of Huddersfield, UK; Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia; Belarusian State Technological University, Belarus; Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno, Belarus; Moscow State University of Civil Engineering, Russian Federation; Saint-Petersburg State Polytechnical University, Russian Federation; Kaliningrad State Technical University, Russian Federation; Moscow State Industrial University, Russian Federation; National Technical University of Ukraine, Ukraine; National Technical University "Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute", Ukraine; SVIMAP NETWORK, Italy; Association "INFOBALT", Lithuania
  • ANDROID (Academic Network for Disaster Resilience to Optimise Educational Development); Duration: 36 months, starting February 2012 to  2014 ; Lead partner: Centre for Disaster Resilience, University of Salford, UK; Project Managers : Dr Richard Haigh (PI)  & Professor Dilanthi Amaratunga (COI) until August 2014 at University of Salford, UK and from September 2014 at University of Huddersfield, UK; Partnership: 64 European Institutions and 3 Third Country (non-EU) Institutions – 67 partners in total. This is the largest  ever international partnership Salford university has involved in and we were also leading it; Funded by : ED Education and Culture Executive agency – Life Long Leaning Programme
  • University of Huddersfield Research Strategy Fund, 2015, £ 2500, Local Government and disaster management capacity building, D.Amaratunga, University of Huddersfield, PI; R. Haigh, University of Huddersfield, CoI
  • Art, Design and Architecture Research Strategy Fund, 2015, £ 3500, Frontiers disasters and Human Security, D.Amaratunga, University of Huddersfield, PI; R. Haigh, University of Huddersfield, CoI
  • University of Huddersfield, PGR Scholarship scheme, PhD Studentship award for the project: Public open spaces as a strategy to enhance Coastal Cities’ resilience to Tsunamis, 2015-2019; £ 45K; D.Amaratunga, Main Supervisor
  • “Development of Social Transformation Knowledge Products”. partnership include Social policy research Centre, University of Colombo, University of Jaffna & Eastern University of Sri Lanka (2012; funding Rs 3,500,000.00 (approx. £ 20,000.00; UNDP Funded); D.Amaratunga &  R. Haigh,  University of Salford  (Co-I);  C.Pathirage, University of Salford, (PI), S. Hettige, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka (Co-I)
  • COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH & INNOVATION DEVELOPMENT FUND 2012/13, University of Salford, Future opportunities for Developing and Emerging Countries in European and International R&D&I programmes, £ 5400, D.Amaratunga, University of Salford, PI; R. Haigh, University of Salford, CoI
  • COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH & INNOVATION DEVELOPMENT FUND 2012/13, University of Salford, Protecting citizens from environmental hazards, £ 5300, D.Amaratunga, University of Salford, PI; R. Haigh, University of Salford, CoI
  • INNOVATION FUND 2011/12, University of Salford, Making Cities Resilient: My City is Getting Ready - Kandalama, Sri Lanka on 19 July 2011, £ 4800, D.Amaratunga, University of Salford, PI; R. Haigh, University of Salford, CoI
  • RESEARCH BIDDING SUPPORT FUND 2010/11, University of Salford, Improving the resilience of society to catastrophic events through new risk-management partnerships, £ 3000, D.Amaratunga, University of Salford, PI; R. Haigh, University of Salford, CoI
  • Reconstruction for Peacethat seeks to explore the interaction between youth and infrastructure reconstruction programmes in the North and East of Sri Lanka to prevent future conflict in the region. (2011 - 2012; funding £ 75,000). International collaborative project universities, government departments, NGOs and other user groups in Sri Lanka. Foreign and the Commonwealth Office funded. D.Amaratunga, University of Salford, Co-I; R. Haigh, University of Salford, PI
  • “CEREBELLA:  Community Engagement for Risk Erosion in Bangladesh to Enhance LifeLong Advantage" (2011 - 2013; funding £ 43,000). International collaborative project with Patuakhali Science and Technology University, Bangladesh. INSPIRE (International Strategic Partnerhsips in Research and Education) British Council funded; D.Amaratunga, PI, University of Salford; U. Kulatunga (Coi), University of Salford
  • BELL CURVE - Built Environment Lifelong Learning Challenging University Responses to Vocational Education (2009 – 2011; funding € 461,591). D.Amaratunga, PI, University of Salford; U. Kulatunga (Coi) & C.Pathirage (CoI), University of Salford; other international collaborative partners -  Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia and Vilnius Gediminas Technical University – Lithuania.  
  • CIB/United Nations initiative “Capacities, Disasters and the Built Environment - Strategies to enhance capacity for disaster mitigation and reconstruction of the built environment” (2008 – 2011; funding £ 20,000, D.Amaratunga, University of Salford, PI; R. Haigh, University of Salford, CoI
  • MASTERBLEND (Moratuwa And Salford TEamwork for Researching BuiLt ENvironment Development) - Enhancing the capacity of the partner higher education institutions for training, teaching and research activities in the built environment”, international collaborative research project with University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. Rs 500,000. Principal Investigator from University of Salford, UK. Other collaborators – Suranga Jayasena, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
  • EURASIA - EURopean and ASIan Infrastructure Advantage; (2005 – 2008; Funding € 589,000). D.Amaratunga Joint PI with R. Haigh, University of Salford. International collaborators included University of Moratuwa – Sri Lanka, University of Ruhuna – Sri Lanka, Tallinn University of Technology – Estonia and Vilnius Gediminas Technical University – Lithuania. 
  • “Construction and Women” (2005 – 2006; ESF funded - £ 314,000); D.Amaratunga, University of Salford, PI; R. Haigh, University of Salford, CoI
  • “ISLAND - Inspiring Sri-Lankan reNewal and Development” (2006 – 2007; RICS funded – overall value £ 34,000) international collaborative research project with University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. D.Amaratunga, University of Salford, PI; R. Haigh, University of Salford, CoI
  • “Constructing Women Leaders” (2007; funded by ESF - £ 206,000). D.Amaratunga, University of Salford, PI; R. Haigh, University of Salford, CoI
  • “ISLAND II- Inspiring Sri-Lankan reNewal and Development II” (2009- 2010; RICS funded, overall value £ 17,000) international collaborative research project with University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. D.Amaratunga, University of Salford, PI; R. Haigh, University of Salford, CoI
  • The Use of Incentives for Sustainable Behavioural Change to Promote Flood Resistance and Resilience International perspectives on engaging the public to anticipate and mitigate the effects of climate change (flooding). Liverpool City Council with Prof. Eric Bichard (PI) and Nirooja Thurairajah. 2009. £ 3000. D.Amaratunga CoI, University of Salford.
  • Women in Northwest Construction SMEs; D.Amaratunga CoI, University of Salford, Shuling Lu, PI, University of Salford; 2006 – 2007; ESF funded -  £ 230, 000   
  • Building Opportunities, 2006 – 2007; Co-investigator; ESF funded - £ 280,000; D.Amaratunga CoI, University of Salford, M.Omerold,PI, University of Salford
  • Guidelines for improving social outcomes gained through distance learning (DL) tools; D.Amaratunga, CoI, University of Salford; B. Ingirige, PI, University of Salford; 2005 – 2006; funding £ 5000 
  • Managing Facilities Knowledge; Principal Investigator; 2005 – 2006 Dec. 2006 completion; RICS funded; overall value £30,000. D.Amaratunga, University of Salford, PI
  • Transfer of Research Knowledge into Teaching – 2nd Phase. D.Amaratunga, University of Salford, CoI; 2004 – 2006; TLQIS & Research & Graduate College, The University of Salford - £ 10,000
  • Improving Dissertation Assessment. D.Amaratunga, University of Salford, CoI, R. Haigh, University of Salford, PI; 2004 – 2005; TLQIS, The University of Salford - £ 5000
  • SPICE FM - Standardised Process Improvement for Construction Enterprises – Facilities Management” project; RA; 1999 – 2001; EPSRC / IMI (£332,000; £167,000 from IMI) 
  • DIVERCITY - Distributed Virtual Workspace for Enhancing Communication within the Construction Industry (Quality Manager; 2001 – 2002; European Community - Information Society Technology Programme - € 1.2 million) 
  • The Use of Balanced Scorecard for Strategy Communication and Performance Management in NHS Trusts (2003 – 2003; D.Amaratunga & R. Haigh CoI, University of Salford, M. Sashar, PI, University of Salford; NHS Research and Development Fund - £ 40,000). 
  • SPICE 3 - Best Practice Management in Construction; (Research fellow; 2002 – 2003: EPSRC - £120,000) 
  • “Quality of Doctoral Programmes” Network, D.Amaratunga, University of Salford, CoI; 2004; European University Association: total value of the network € 135,000.
  • “Provision of necessary training in research methods”, D.Amaratunga, University of Salford, PI; 2004; Centre for Education in the Built Environment - £ 3000
  • “Briefing Guide in Knowledge Management”, D.Amaratunga, University of Salford, PI; 2005; Centre for Education in the Built Environment - £ 6000
  • “Supplementary Skills for Built Environment Researchers”, D.Amaratunga, University of Salford, PI; 2004; Educational Development Grant Scheme - Centre for Education in the Built Environment; £ 2000 
  • “Best practice guidelines on research knowledge transfer into teaching programmes in built environment”, D.Amaratunga, University of Salford Joint Principal Investigator; 2004; Centre for Education in the Built Environment - £ 3000
  • University of Salford GTA Scheme, PhD Studentship award for the project: A STRUCTURED APPROACH TO MANAGE THE TACIT KNOWLEDGE OF CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYEES; 2003-2007; £ 60,000; D.Amaratunga, Main Supervisor
  • University of Salford GTA Scheme, PhD Studentship award for the project:  ACHIEVING HIGH PROCESS CAPABILITY MATURITY IN CONSTRUCTION ORGANISATIONS; 2003-2007; £ 60,000; D.Amaratunga, Main Supervisor
  • University of Salford Strategic Investment Scheme, Partial PhD Studentship award for the project EMPOWERING LOCAL GOVERNMENTS IN MAKING CITIES RESILIENT TO DISASTERS; 2009-2014; £ 18,000; D.Amaratunga, Main Supervisor
  • University of Salford Strategic Investment Scheme, PhD Studentship award for the project:  CAPACITY BUILDING FOR POST DISASTER WASTE MANAGEMENT: CONSTRUCTION AND DEMOLITION WASTE, 2006-2010; £ 18,000; D.Amaratunga, Main Supervisor
  • University of Salford GTA Scheme, PhD Studentship award for the project: Influence of Integrating Disaster Risk Reduction within Post-Disaster Infrastructure Reconstruction on Socio-Economic Development; 2005-2008; £ 60,000; D.Amaratunga, Main Supervisor
  • University of Salford GTA Scheme, PhD Studentship award for the project: Influence of Performance Measurement towards Construction Research and Development; 2004-2007; £ 60,000; D.Amaratunga, Main Supervisor
  • An Investigation into the Future Directions of Performance Measurement Applications in Facilities Management”, D.Amaratunga, University of Salford, PI; 2003 – 2004; £ 4000
  • Good practice guidelines for technology transfer between research and teaching within Built Environment”, D.Amaratunga, University of Salford Joint Principal Investigator, 2003 – 2004; SRIF Funding, The University of Salford . £ 2000
  • How to do a Balanced Scorecard: Guide to Balanced Scorecard Methodology: Guide to Balanced Scorecard Performance Management Methodology”, D.Amaratunga & R. Haigh CoI, University of Salford, M. Sashar, PI, University of Salford; 2000 – 2001; NHS Estates - £ 15,000. 
  • Involved in delivering training programmes across NHS Estates Directorates on the applications of the Balanced scorecard methodology in the NHS estates. July 2001 – January 2002. £ 10,000, D.Amaratunga & R. Haigh CoI, University of Salford, M. Sashar, PI
  • Building Performance Evaluation in Higher Education Properties: A Facilities Management Approach”, D.Amaratunga, University of Salford, PI; 1999 – 2000; RICS Education Trust Fund – £ 1500
  • Undertook a project within a major construction organisation in assessing its constriction project management process capabilities. This assessment focused on the process infrastructure used by the project teams to manage their operations.  The report of findings highlighted a series of improvement opportunities that would, in the view of the assessment team, improve project’s performance. August 2000 – January 2001. £ 40,000 ; D D.Amaratunga & R. Haigh CoI, University of Salford, M. Sashar, PI, University of Salford
  • What does building performance mean in the context of facilities management?”; D.Amaratunga, University of Salford, PI: 1999; BFWG - £ 3000.    
  • “A Study on the Building Products and Infrastructure Technology”, Joint Consultant; 1996 – 1997; Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, Sri Lanka (Sri Lanka – Norway Industrial Co-operation Programme) - Rs. 100,000.
  • Establishment of a National Cost Database for the Sri Lankan Construction Industry”, (RA; 1992 – 1993; Institute for Construction, Training and Development, Ministry of Local Government, Housing and Construction, Sri Lanka; funded by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) – Rs. 200,000   
  • Co-investigator for various research projects, Department of Building Economics, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka; Duration: varies between 1994 – 1997; contribution varies; funding – varies for individual projects