Portrait of Dr Chamindi Malalgoda Dr Chamindi Malalgoda

c.malalgoda@hud.ac.uk | 01484 473543



Biography

I’m a lecturer in quantity surveying at the Department of Architecture and 3D Design, University of Huddersfield, UK. I have joined University of Huddersfield in December 2014 and worked as the lead researcher of EU funded CADRE (Collaborative Action towards Disaster Resilience Education) research project before my current appointment as a lecturer. This project aims at addressing the current and emerging labour market demands in the construction industry to increase societal resilience to disasters. Immediately prior to the appointment at the University of Huddersfield, I have worked as a research assistant at the School of the Built Environment, University of Salford. While working at the University of Salford, I was able to contribute to a number of EU funded research projects, some of which include, RESINT (Collaborative reformation of curricular on resilience management with intelligent systems in open source and augmented reality); CENEAST (Reformation of the Curricular on Built Environment in the Eastern Neighbouring Area); BELLCURVE (Built Environment Lifelong Learning Challenging University Responses to Vocational Education); and ANDROID (Academic Network for Disaster Resilience to Optimise educational Development). I have successfully completed my PhD in construction and property management in 2014 at the University of Salford, UK. The theme of my PhD was "empowering local government in making cities resilient to disasters". I am having 8 years' of academic and research experience. Before joining the University of Salford to pursue my post-graduate research studies, I have worked as a quantity surveyor for over 3 years in the United Arab Emirates and Sri Lanka after obtaining my first degree in quantity surveying with a First Class Honours. I have contributed to over 35 publications, which includes refereed journals, conference papers and various high impact reports. I am also a reviewer of a number of international journals in the fields of disaster resilience, construction and property management.

Research and Scholarship

Funded research Projects

Lead researcher - European Union (LLP programme) funded “Collaborative Action towards Disaster Resilience Education (CADRE)” research project. The project aims to address current and emerging labour market demands in the construction industry to increase societal resilience to disasters – September 2013 to date

Researcher - European Union (LLP programme) funded “Collaborative reformation of curricula on resilience management with intelligent systems in open source and augmented reality (RESINT)” research project. The project aims at reforming curricula in resilience management with the collaboration of non-academic partners – September 2013 to date

Researcher - European Union (Tempus Programme) funded “Reformation of the Curricula on Built Environment in the Eastern Neighbouring Area (CENEAST)” research project – October 2012 to November 2013

Researcher - European Union (LLP programme) funded “Academic Network for Disaster Resilience to Optimise educational Development (ANDROID)” Erasmus Network project. The project aims to promote co-operation and innovation among European Higher Education Institutes (HEI) to increase society's resilience to disasters of human and natural origin – December 2012 – May 2013

Researcher - European Union (LLP programme) funded “Built Environment Lifelong Learning Challenging University Responses to Vocational Education (BELLCURVE)” Erasmus research project. The project aimed to promote the concept of 'lifelong university' in modernising Higher Education Institutes – February 2010 – March 2012

Research interests

Disaster resilience and management, resilient built environment, urbanisation, resilient cities, sustainable construction, empowerment of local governments, lifelong learning, higher education, curricula and module development, labour market demands in the construction industry, quantity surveying, construction management.

Publications and Other Research Outputs

2017

Amaratunga, D., Haigh, R., Malalgoda, C. and Dias, N. (2017) Synthesis report of legal, policy and science approaches within the frame of CCA and DRR: Global Perspectives University of Huddersfield

Amaratunga, D., Haigh, R., Malalgoda, C. and Keraminiyage, K. (2017) Mainstreaming disaster resilience in the construction process: Professional education for a resilient built environment A report of the CADRE project: Collaborative Action towards Disaster Resilience Education

2016

Malalgoda, C., Amaratunga, D. and Haigh, R. (2016) ‘Overcoming challenges faced by local governments in creating a resilient built environment in citiesDisaster Prevention and Management , 25 (5), pp. 628-648. ISSN 0965-3562

Malalgoda, C., Amaratunga, D. and Haigh, R. (2016) ‘Local governments and disaster risk reduction: a conceptual framework’. In: Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Building Resilience. Auckland, New Zealand: Massey University / The University of Auckland. . ISBN 978-0-473-37268-2

Amaratunga, D., Haigh, R., Malalgoda, C. and Keraminiyage, K. (2016) ‘Knowledge gaps in the construction industry to increase societal resilience to disasters’. In: Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Building Resilience. Auckland, New Zealand: Massey University / The University of Auckland. pp. 1089-1099. ISBN 978-0-473-37268-2

Malalgoda, C., Amaratunga, D., Keraminiyage, K. and Haigh, R. (2016) ‘Knowledge Gaps in the Construction Industry to Increase Societal Resilience: A Local and National Government Perspective’. In: Proceedings of the CIB World Building Congress 2016. Tampere, Finland: Tampere University of Technology. Department of Civil Engineering. pp. 543-556. ISBN 978-952-15-3745-5

Malalgoda, C., Amaratunga, D., Haigh, R., Keraminiyage, K. and Weeresinghe, S. (2016) ‘Professional education in disaster resilience in the built environment’. In: Proceedings of the 12th International Conference of the International Institute for Infrastructure Resilience and Reconstruction (IIIRR). : IIIRR. pp. 167-175. ISBN 978-955-589-210-1

2015

Hayat, E., Amaratunga, D. and Malalgoda, C. (2015) ‘The Challenges and Obstacles of Post-Disaster Road Infrastructure Reconstruction in the Pre-Construction Phase’. In: 6th International Conference on Structural Engineering and Construction Management ICSECM, 12-13th December 2015, Earl's Regency Hotel, Kandy, Sri Lanka

Malalgoda, C., Amaratunga, D., Haigh, R. and Keraminiyage, K. (2015) ‘Integrating universities with the built environment practice and the communities in disaster management education’. In: Proceedings of the 8th International Conference of Faculty of Architecture Research Unit (FARU). Colombo, Sri Lanka: University of Moratuwa. pp. 433-446. ISBN 978-955- 9027- 53-9

Malalgoda, C., Keraminiyage, K., Amaratunga, D., Haigh, R., Perera, S. and Adeniyi, O. (2015) ‘Professional doctorates: applicability to the construction industry in increasing societal resilience to disasters’. In: 5th International Conference on Building Resilience. : NCP. pp. 615/1-12. ISBN 978-0-9943652-0-0

Thayaparan, M., Siriwardena, M., Malalgoda, C., Amaratunga, D., Lill, I. and Kaklauskas, A. (2015) ‘Enhancing post-disaster reconstruction capacity through lifelong learning in higher educationDisaster Prevention and Management , 24 (3), pp. 338-354. ISSN 0965-3562

Malalgoda, C. and Amaratunga, D. (2015) ‘A disaster resilient built environment in urban citiesInternational Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment , 6 (1), pp. 102-116. ISSN 1759-5908

Amaratunga, D., Pathirage, C. and Malalgoda, C. (2015) State of Disaster Risk Reduction at the Local Level: A report on the Patterns of Disaster Risk Reduction Actions at Local Level UNISDR

2014

Thayaparan, M., Malalgoda, C., Keraminiyage, K. and Amaratunga, D. (2014) ‘Disaster Management Education through Higher Education – Industry Collaboration in the Built EnvironmentProcedia Economics and Finance , 18, pp. 651-658. ISSN 2212-5671

Malalgoda, C., Amaratunga, D. and Haigh, R. (2014) ‘Challenges in Creating a Disaster Resilient Built EnvironmentProcedia Economics and Finance , 18, pp. 736-744. ISSN 2212-5671

Malalgoda, C., Amaratunga, D., Haigh, R. and Keraminiyage, K. (2014) ‘Professional doctorate: Applicability to the construction industry in developing societal resilience’. In: FACE 2014 Annual Conference | Collaborate to Widen Participation: to, through and beyond HE, 2-4th July 2014, University of Salford

2013

Malalgoda, C., Amaratunga, D. and Haigh, R. (2013) ‘Empowering local governments to make a disaster resilient built environment within Sri Lankan Cities’. In: 2013 International Conference on Building Resilience, 17th-19th September 2013, Heritance Ahungalla, Sri Lanka

Witt, E., Lill, I., Malalgoda, C., Siriwardena, M., Thayaparan, M., Amaratunga, D. and Kaklauskas, A. (2013) ‘Towards a framework for closer university-industry collaboration in educating built environment professionalsInternational Journal of Strategic Property Management , 17 (2), pp. 114-132. ISSN 1648-715X

Siriwardena, M., Malalgoda, C., Thayaparan, M., Amaratunga, D. and Keraminiyage, K. (2013) ‘Disaster resilient built environment: Role of lifelong learning and the implications for higher educationInternational Journal of Strategic Property Management , 17 (2), pp. 174-187. ISSN 1648-715X

Malalgoda, C., Amaratunga, D. and Haigh, R. (2013) ‘Empowering Local Governments in Making Cities Resilient To Disasters: Case Study as a Research Strategy’. In: International Post Graduate Research Conference: IPGRC 2013, 8th-10th April 2013, Salford, UK

Malalgoda, C., Amaratunga, D. and Haigh, R. (2013) ‘Creating a disaster resilient built environment in urban cities: The role of local governments in Sri LankaInternational Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment , 4 (1), pp. 72-94. ISSN 1759-5908

2012

Malalgoda, C., Amaratunga, D. and Haigh, R. (2012) ‘Creating disaster resilient cities’. In: Breaking the Mould Conference, 1 st – 3 rd August 2012, Durham, UK

Amaratunga, D., Thayaparan, M. and Malalgoda, C. (2012) Bellcurve: Built Environment Lifelong Learning Challenging University Responses to Vocational Education: Lifelong University for the Built Environment Salford, UK: University of Salford

2011

Siriwardena, M., Amaratunga, D., Malalgoda, C. and Thayaparan, M. (2011) ‘Addressing the construction labour market skills mismatch through lifelong learning in higher education institutions’. In: Education in a Changing Environment 6th International Conference, Creativity and Engagement in Higher Education, 6th-8th July 2011, The University of Salford, UK

Malalgoda, C., Amaratunga, D. and Haigh, R. (2011) ‘Empowering local governments to make disaster resilient cities’. In: International Conference on Building Resilience 2011: Interdisciplinary approaches to disaster risk reduction, and the development of sustainable communities and cities, 19-21st July 2011, Kandalama, Sri Lanka.

2010

Thayaparan, M., Siriwardena, M., Kulatunga, U., Amaratunga, D. and Malalgoda, C. (2010) ‘Reforming HEIs for through-life sustainability of construction professionals’. In: International Conference on Sustainable Built Environment (ICSBE – 2010), 12 – 14 December 2010, Kandy, Sri Lanka , pp. 22-30

Malalgoda, C., Amaratunga, D. and Pathirage, C. (2010) ‘Role of local governments in disaster risk reduction’. In: COBRA 2010: The Construction, Building and Real Estate Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Paris, France: RICS. . ISBN 978-1-84219-619-9

Thayaparan, M., Siriwardena, M., Malalgoda, C., Amaratunga, D., Kaklauskas, A. and Lill, I. (2010) ‘Reforming HEI to improve skills and knowledge on disaster resilience among construction professionals’. In: COBRA 2010, 2-3 September 2010, Dauphine Universite, Paris, Framce

Malalgoda, C., Amaratunga, D. and Pathirage, C. (2010) ‘Exploring disaster risk reduction in the built environment’. In: CIB World Congress 2010 - Building a Better World, 10-13th May 2010, University of Salford, Salford, UK

2008

Ingirige, B., Haigh, R., Malalgoda, C. and Palliyaguru, R. (2008) ‘Exploring good practice knowledge transfer related to post tsunami housing re-construction in Sri LankaJournal of Construction in Developing Countries , 13 (2), pp. 21-42. ISSN 1823-6499

Esteem

Awards

Best paper award, CIB World Building Congress 2016 (WBC16), organised by The International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB) together with the Finnish Association of Civil Engineers (RIL) and the Tampere University of Technology (TUT), Tampere, Finland, 30 May - 3 June 2016.

Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) award for the best overall Paper at the 11th International Postgraduate Research Conference (IPGRC 2013), Media City, UK, 8-10 April 2013.

Undergraduate research paper competition organised by the South Asia Institute in collaboration with University of Heidelberg, Germany –3rd Place. Topic: Tsunami Rehabilitation and Reconstruction

Received an award from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), UK for being the Best Quantity Surveying Student of the University of Moratuwa for the year 2005

Reviewer of scientific journals

Reviewer for papers submitted to “International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH)”  -  2016

Reviewer for papers submitted to “International Journal of Statergic Property Management (IJSPM)” (Taylor & Francis) -  2015 – 2016

Reviewer for papers submitted to “Built Environment Project and Asset Management (BEPAM)” (Emerald) -  2014 - 2016

Reviewer for papers submitted to “International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment” (Emerald) since 2013.

Reviewer for papers submitted to “Disaster Prevention and Management” (Emerald) - 2013.

Scientific committees

Member of the international scientific committee – 6th International Conference on Building Resilience 7-9 September 2016,  Auckland, New Zealand

Member of the international scientific committee – 5th International Conference on Building Resilience, 15-17 July 205, Newcastle, Australia.

Member of the international scientific committee, 4th International Conference on Building Resilience 2015 incorprating the 3rd annual meeting of the ANDROID disaster resilience network, 8-11 September 2014, Media City, UK

Member of the international scientific committee, CIB W55/65/89/92/96/102/117 & TG72/81/83 International Conference on Construction in a Changing World, 4-7 May 2014, Kandalama, Sri Lanka

Conference organisation

Member of the organising committee, 4th International Conference on Building Resilience 2015 incorporating the 3rd annual meeting of the ANDROID disaster resilience network, 8-11 September 2014, Media City, UK.

Member of the organising committee, CIB W55/65/89/92/96/102/117 & TG72/81/83 International Conference on Construction in a Changing World, 4-7 May 2014, Kandalama, Sri Lanka.

Member of the organising committee, ANDROID 2nd annual conference, 23-25 October 2013, Limmasol, Cyprus.

Member of the organising committee, International Conference on Building Resilience 2013: Individual, institutional and societal coping strategies to address the challenges associated with disaster risk, 17-19 September 2013, Ahungalla, Sri Lanka.

Member of the organising committee, International Conference on Building Resilience 2011: Interdisciplinary approaches to disaster risk reduction, and the development of sustainable communities and cities, 19-21 July 2011, Kandalama, Sri Lanka.

Member of the International Postgraduate Steering Group (CIB TG 53), CIB World Congress, May 2010, Salford, UK.

Research Degree Supervision

Disaster resilience and management

Urbanisation, resilient cities and resilient built environment

Empowerment of local governments 

Lifelong learning in disaster resilience in the built environment

Labour market demands in the construction industry

Construction cost management

Teaching and Professional Activities

Module leader – ‘Building and civil engineering measurement and quantification” for B.Sc. (Hons) Surveying (Quantity Surveying) – year 2 (TIA1022), Department of Architecture and 3D Design, University of Huddersfield, UK  

Module leader – ‘Construction cost management” for B.Sc. (Hons) Surveying (Quantity Surveying) and B.Sc. (Hons) Construction Project Management  – year 2 (TIA1020), Department of Architecture and 3D Design, University of Huddersfield, UK 

Module leader – ‘Procurement and contract administration” for B.Sc. (Hons) Surveying (Quantity Surveying), B.Sc. (Hons) Surveying (Building Surveying) and B.Sc. (Hons) Construction Project Management  – year 2 (TIA1021), Department of Architecture and 3D Design, University of Huddersfield, UK 

Module tutor - ‘Collaborative project” for B.Sc. (Hons) Surveying (Quantity Surveying), B.Sc. (Hons) Surveying (Building Surveying) and B.Sc. (Hons) Construction Project Management  – year 2 (TIA1024), Department of Architecture and 3D Design, University of Huddersfield, UK 

Module tutor - ‘Research methods” for MST (TMA 1318), Department of Architecture and 3D Design, University of Huddersfield, UK