altI 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.

Research Projects

  • ESPREssO: 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), and KU – Københavns Universitet (Denmark); Duration : 30 months  commencing May 2016; HUD team : Dilanthi Amaratunga & Richard Haigh 
  • CRESCENDO; 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; Institutions in the region (Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia ; Institute of Technology Bandung, Indonesia; RMIT, Australia; Griffith University, Australia ; University of Auckland, New Zealand; Chiang  Mai University, Thailand; Kyoto University, Japan); HUD team : Dilanthi Amaratunga & Richard Haigh 
  • ASCENT – 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. Richard Haigh & Prof. Dilanthi Amaratunga ; 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) 
  • Collaborative reformation of curricula on resilience management with intelligent systems in open source and augmented reality (RESINT) . LLP Multi lateral proejcts funded (total project value Euro 570,238) The RESINT consortium is composed of 10 partners from 4 different countries with the lead of the University of Bologna, Italy. List of partner institutions include: University of Salford, United Kingdom; Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Lithuania; SERINAR, Italy; SUDGESTAID SCARL, Italy; Metaforum S.L., Spain; Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain; Association of Local Authorities in Lithuania, Lithuania; JSC – Getweb, Lithuania; and Udanet, Italy
  • Enhancing resilience of critical road structures: bridges, culverts and floodways under natural hazards . Australian Government Initiative, Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Australia (value : AUS$ 3.554,000.00. project is led by RMIT, Australia and other partners include: Melbourne University, University of Southern Queensland, University of Salford, UK; VicRoads; Roads and Maritime services (RMS NSW); Australian Government Geo Science Australia; Queensland Government , Department of Main Roads (TMR Qld); Municipal Association of Vitoria; Locker Valley regional Council; Attorney General Dept. further details are available at : http://www.bnhcrc.com.au/research/resilient-people-infrastructure-and-institutions/247
  • "CADRE (Collaborative Action towards Disaster Resilience Education)" - Project is funded by the Education Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, and aims to address current and emerging labour market demands in the construction industry to increase societal resilience to disasters; (2013-2016).
  • "CASCADE (Collaborative Action towards Societal Challenges through Awareness, Development and Education)" - a project funded under the European Union’s 7th Framework Programme, aims to provide the foundation for a future International Cooperation Network (INCONET) programme targeting South Asian Countries; (2013-2015).  
  • Development of Social Transformation Knowledge Products, Co-investigator. 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); Co-investigator 
  • CEN-EAST - Reformation of the Curricula on Built Environment in the Eastern Neighbouring Area”, TEMPUS Joint Project; Total value : € 998,601.00; our component = €  78,860.07 (2012 – 2015). Project partners are: Università di Bologna, Italy; 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  University, Russian Federation;  Kaliningrad State Technical University, Russian Federation; Moscow State Industrial University, Russian Federation;  National Technical University of Ukraine,  Ukraine;  National Technical University, Ukraine; Association "INFOBALT" – Lithuania; Vilnius Gediminas Technical University – Lithuania; Salford University lead Investigator 
  • Reconstruction for Peace” that seeks to explore the interaction between youth and infrastructure reconstruction programmes in the North and East of Sri Lanka as a means to prevent future conflict in the region. (2011 - 2012; funding £ 75 K). International collaborative project universities, government departments, NGOs and other user groups in Sri Lanka. Foreign and the Commonwealth Office funded. Co-investigator
  • ANDROID  - Academic Network for Disaster Resilience to Optimise Educational Development” (2011 – 2015; funding € 822,049.00). Co-investigator for this intentional network project with 69 partners across 30+ countries
  • "CEREBELLA:  Community Engagement for Risk Erosion in Bangladesh to Enhance LifeLong Advantage" (2011 - 2013; funding £ 43K). International collaborative project with  Patuakhali Science and Technology University, Bangladesh. INSPIRE (International Strategic Partnerhsips in Research and Education) British Council funded
  • Built Environment Lifelong Learning Challenging University Responses to Vocational Education (BELL CURVE)” (2009 – 2011; funding € 461,591). Principle Investigator of this international collaborative project with 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 £ 100k in total). 
  • EURASIA - EURopean and ASIan Infrastructure Advantage” (2005 – 2008; Funding € 457,000). Principle Investigator of this international collaborative project with 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 December; 2006 completion; ESF - £ 314k). 
  • Constructing Women Leaders” ( 2007; ESF - £ 206k). 
  • ISLAND II- Inspiring Sri-Lankan reNewal and Development II” (2009- 2010;   RICS funded) international collaborative research project with University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka.
  • “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. 
  • “Women in Northwest Construction SMEs”; 2006 – 2007; ESF -  £230k  
  • “Building Opportunities”, 2006 – 2007; ESF - £ 280k. 
  • ISLAND - Inspiring Sri-Lankan reNewal and Development” (2006 – 2007;  RICS – value £ 34k) international collaborative research project with University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. 
  • “Guidelines for improving social outcomes gained through distance learning (DL) tools” (2005 – 2006; funding £ 5k). 
  • “Managing Facilities Knowledge” (  2005 – 2006 Dec. 2006 completion; RICS -    £30k).
  • “Transfer of Research Knowledge into Teaching – 2nd Phase”. Principal Investigator; 2004 – 2006; TLQIS & Research  & Graduate College, The University of Salford - £ 10k 
  • “Improving Dissertation Assessment”. Co-investigator; 2004 – 2005; TLQIS, The University of Salford - £ 5k  
  • “Standardised Process Improvement for Construction Enterprises – Facilities Management” project ; RA; 1999 – 2001; EPSRC / IMI (£332k ; £167k from IMI) 
  • “Standardised Process Improvement for Construction Enterprises” (RA; 1998 – 2000; DETR / PIT (£225k ; £100k  from DETR) 
  • “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; Co-investigator; NHS Research and Development Fund - £ 40k). 
  • “SPICE 3: Best Practice Management In Construction” ( Research fellow; 2002 – 2003: EPSRC - £120k ) 
  • “Quality of Doctoral Programmes” Network, Co-investigator ; 2004; European University Association: total value of the network  € 135k 
  • “Provision of necessary training in research methods”, Principle Investigator ; 2004; Centre for Education in the Built Environment - £ 3k 
  • “Briefing Guide in Knowledge Management”, Principle Investigator; 2005; Centre for Education in the Built Environment - £ 6k. 
  • “Supplementary Skills for Built Environment Researchers”, Project Manager; 2004; Educational Development Grant Scheme - Centre for Education in the Built Environment; £ 2k.  
  • “Best practice guidelines on research knowledge transfer into teaching programmes in built environment”, Principle Investigator; 2004; Centre for Education in the Built Environment - £ 3k. 
  • “An Investigation into the Future Directions of Performance Measurement Applications in Facilities Management”, Project Manager ; 2003 – 2004;  £ 4 
  • “Good practice guidelines for technology transfer between research and teaching within Built Environment”, Joint Project Manager, 2003 – 2004; SRIF Funding, The University of Salford - £ 2k 
  • “How to do a Balanced Scorecard: Guide to Balanced scorecard Methodology”, joint investigator; 2000 – 2001; NHS Estates - £ 15k. 
  • “Building Performance Evaluation in Higher Education Properties: A Facilities Management Approach”, Project Manager; 1999 – 2000; RICS Education Trust Fund – £ 1.5k. 
  • “What does building performance mean in the context of facilities management?” Principal Investigator: 1999; BFWG - £ 3k.    alt
  • “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. 100k.
  • “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. 200k   
  • 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,  total amounting to Rs. 2 million