Professor Dilanthi 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  two hundred published papers, and has had over 25 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: 

  • Empowerment of women and prevention of vulnerabilities
  • Socio-economic measures for disaster risks
  • Capacity building for disaster mitigation, response and reconstruction
  • Post conflict reconstruction and economic development
  • Socio economic aspects including housing needs and expectations  of  conflict affected communities   
  • Reconstruction and poverty interface
  • Preparedness for response, recovery and reconstruction
  • Business continuity management
  • Public policy, governance and procurement
  • Built environment dimensions of climate change and sustainability