Portrait of Professor Bingunath Ingirige Professor Bingunath Ingirige

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Professor Bingunath Ingirige joined University of Huddersfield in June 2016. He was previously a Senior Lecturer at the School of the Built Environment, University of Salford. Overall he has served over 16 years at various capacities at University of Salford. Prior to that he worked at the University of Moratuwa (UoM), Sri Lanka (SL) as a Lecturer from 1994 - 2000. He has now acquired well over 20 years of academic experience. He has a BSc in Quantity Surveying, a Masters in Management of Technology from the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand and a PhD from University of Salford. He is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Bingu has extensive experience of investigating resilience measures within a variety of community settings encompassing several stakeholders such as small businesses, private sector, the public sector and NGOs. He has also studied collaborative engagement processes between agencies, public and private sector both in the UK and internationally. He was a co-investigator of the EPSRC funded Community Resilience to Extreme Weather (CREW) project, where he led his team in investigating resilience of small businesses against extreme weather events. He has also led a RICS Research trust funded project that looked into the recovery of Small and Medium Scale Enterprises after the devastating flood event in 2009 in Cockermouth Cumbria. In a recent project funded by the Adaptation and Resilience in the Context of Change (ARCC) network, he profiled the resilience and adaptation measures of a small business community in Braunton, North Devon after their flood event in 2012. Via these initiatives, he has worked very closely with several national and international stakeholders in the area of flood resilience and adaptation. In the UK he collaborates with the National Flood Forum, Living With Environmental Change (LWEC) team, ARCC network and the RICS Flooding and Insurance working group. Internationally he has links with the Future Resilient Systems – Singapore ETH Centre based at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Construction Research Institute of Malaysia (CREAM), the Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre (ADPC) in Bangkok, Thailand and the National Building Research Organisation (NBRO) in Sri Lanka. Bingu is also interested in improving performance in the construction industry both from an angle of improving its overall resilience as well as improving the effectiveness and efficiency of project management in construction. Since 2011 he has held the position of the Joint Coordinator of the CIB Task Group TG83 – eBusiness in construction.

He is currently a co-investigator of the EU Horizon 2020 funded EU-CIRCLE project that looks into critical infrastructure resilience and works with 20 EU partners. He is also a co-investigator of the CIOB’s Bowen Jenkins legacy research funded project that looks into sustainability of post disaster housing in Sri Lanka, which is a collaborative research project between Aston University Birmingham and the National Building Research Organisation (NBRO) in Sri Lanka.

Bingu has published widely and serves in several editorial boards of journals. He also a regular reviewer of many peer reviewed journals in the built environment. He is also a regular reviewer of research grant applications both in the UK and internationally. Some of his work has been included within Government reports as he has contributed as a co-author for the UK Government’s Climate Change Risk Assessment (UK CCRA) report (see https://www.theccc.org.uk/uk-climate-change-risk-assessment-2017/ccra-chapters/) for the chapter on business and industry. Bingu is a member of the Flooding and Insurance Working Group of the RICS and also served as a member of the Salford Strategic Flood Forum, which is led by the Salford City Council and was established as a response to the Pitt Review on the 2007 floods.

Research and Scholarship

Overall, Prof. Ingirige has been involved in successful research grants worth over £900K both as principal investigator and co-investigator. In achieving the above grant income success, he has also managed to create several international and national research ties. The successful EU project alone has created a mini network of 20 EU partners who are experts at various levels in the area of disaster resilience. My successful research grant applications are as follows:

Current Projects

  • Long term sustainability of post disaster housing reconstruction projects - £10K (Co-Investigator) – 2016 - 2017. The project is funded by the CIOB Bowen Jenkins Legacy (BJL) Research Fund 2015. This is a collaborative proposal between GDRC and the Department of Engineering Systems at Aston University in Birmingham, that concentrates on improving sustainability and resilience of post disaster housing.
  • Pan European framework for EU disaster resilience (EU-CIRCLE) - (Co-Investigator)- 2015 - 2018. GDRC is a key partner to a major EU Horizon 2020 project titled “EU-CIRCLE” under the “Safeguarding and securing society: including adapting to climate change (DRS-9)” theme (overall project value 7.2 million Euros). This 3-year project (2015 – 2018) is among the very first series of calls to be funded under the new Horizon 2020 scheme. Horizon 2020 scheme is highly prestigious and a competitive scheme and this project was one of the two projects to be funded out of 46 proposals submitted under the DRS- 9 theme during 2014/15. (see http://www.eu-circle.eu/ for  more details).

Past Projects

  • CLimate Impacts in Malaysia: Attenuation Through an Integrated Safer built Environment (CLIMATISE)£80K (Co-Investigator) – 2015. A research grant from the Newton Fund under the Newton Institutional Links programme for developing a resilient built environment for climate induced extreme weather events in Malaysia with the partner institution Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM). The project is titled “CLimate Impacts in Malaysia: Attenuation Through an Integrated Safer built Environment (CLIMATISE).  See  http://climatise.net/ for the research project website.
  • Joint working with DEFRA and Environment Agency (EPSRC) - £7K (Principal Investigator) – 2015. EPSRC funding received as a follow on competitive scheme to take CREW (see below) project findings to another level. See (http://www.arcc-network.org.uk/wp-content/pdfs/SME-resilience-Braunton-Dec2015.pdf)
  • Impact aNalysis of City Infrastructure Disaster EveNT (INCIDENT)- £7K (Principal Investigator) – 2014. The project was funded by ARUP under their Global Research Challenge scheme (February to July 2014). The project investigated cascading impacts of disasters on critical infrastructure facilities at a city scale.
  • Developing Flood Expert Knowledge in Chartered Surveyors (DEFENCES) - £7.5 K (Principal Investigator) – 2013. The project was funded by the RICS Research Trust (£7.5K). The aim of DEFENCES was to contribute to the overall aspiration of upskilling and raising the profile of Chartered surveyors in order for them to be able to provide independent, reliable and valid advice on property level flood adaptation measures.
  • Royal Academy of Engineering (RAE) Travel Grant – £0.6K (Principal Investigator) – 2010. Received funding from Royal Academy of Engineering (RAE) in June 2010 as an International travel grant. The RAE funding was utilised to attend the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) 2010 conference at Penn State University, USA. Prof. Ingirige was invited to lead a special session entitled “eBusiness in Construction”.
  • Community Resilience to Extreme Weather (CREW) – £75K (Co-Investigator) – 2008. Received funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) from Feb 2008 – November 2011 under the competitive sandpit programme for funding. The aim of the research was to investigate the uptake of coping strategies against extreme weather in such a way that the actions result in the improved resilience of local communities to EWEs. I led the SME adaptation against extreme weather strategies under this project.
  • EPSRC star recruit proposal- £545K (Co-Investigator) – 2003. This project resulted in bringing to the UK one of the leading researchers in Lean Construction from Finland.  
  • EPSRC funded NECIT Network – £18.9K (Co-Investigator) – 2003. The network aimed to develop a critical mass for construction IT in the UK to bid for EU funding.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Ingirige, B (2018) ‘Editorial for Issue 4 of FieldsFields: journal of Huddersfield student research , 4 (1). ISSN 2057-0163


Kulatunga, U. and Ingirige, B. (2016) ‘Capacity building for disaster risk reduction: Guest editorialBuilt Environment Project and Asset Management , 6 (4), pp. 362-364. ISSN 2044-124X

Ingirige, B (2016) ‘Theorizing construction industry practice within a disaster risk reduction setting: is it a panacea or an illusion?Construction Management and Economics , 34 (7/8), pp. 592-607. ISSN 0144-6193

Wedawatta, G. and Ingirige, B. (2016) ‘A conceptual framework for understanding resilience of construction SMEs to extreme weather eventsBuilt Environment Project and Asset Management , 6 (4), pp. 428-443. ISSN 2044-124X


Amaratunga, D., Haigh, R. and Ingirige, B. (2015) ‘Post-Disaster Housing Reconstruction in Sri Lanka: What Methodology?SAGE Open , 5 (3). ISSN 2158-2440

Ingirige, B., Amaratunga, D., Kumaraswamy, M., Liyanage, C., Perwaiz, A., Towashiraporn, P. and Wedawatta, G. (2015) Private investment in disaster risk management : Global Assessment Report 2015 (GAR 2015) UNISDR


Ingirige, B. and Wedawatta, G. (2014) ‘Putting policy initiatives into practiceStructural Survey , 32 (2), pp. 123-139. ISSN 0263-080X


Hall, M., Amaratunga, D., Haigh, R., Ingirige, B., Keraminiyage, K., Kulatunga, U. and Pathirage, C. (2013) Conference proceedings: International conference on building resilience 2013 . Individual, institutional and societal coping strategies to address the challenges associated with disaster risk. Ahungalla, Sri Lanka: University of Salford. ISBN 978-1-907842-43-6

Hall, M., Amaratunga, D., Haigh, R., Ingirige, B., Keraminiyage, K., Kulatunga, U. and Pathirage, C. (2013) Building resilience 2013: Individual, institutional and societal coping strategies to address the challenges associated with disaster risk: book of abstracts . Salford, UK: University of Salford. ISBN 978-­?1-­?907842-­?43-­?6

Wedawatta, G., Ingirige, B. and Proverbs, D. (2013) ‘Small businesses and flood impacts: the case of the 2009 flood event in CockermouthJournal of Flood Risk Management , 7 (1), pp. 42-53. ISSN 1753318X

Ingirige, B. and Amaratunga, D. (2013) Minimising flood risk accumulation through effective private and public sector engagement Geneva, Switzerland: Centre for Disaster Resilience

Ingirige, B. and Amaratunga, D. (2013) ‘Minimising flood risk accumulation through effective private and public sector engagementUNISDR Global Assessment Report .


Wedawatta, G. and Ingirige, B. (2012) ‘Resilience and adaptation of small and medium?sized enterprises to flood riskDisaster Prevention and Management , 21 (4), pp. 474-488. ISSN 0965-3562


Wedawatta, G., Ingirige, B. and Amaratunga, D. (2010) ‘Building up resilience of construction sector SMEs and their supply chains to extreme weather eventsInternational Journal of Strategic Property Management , 14 (4), pp. 362-375. ISSN 1648-715X


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


Elvitigala, G., Amaratunga, D., Haigh, R. and Ingirige, B. (2006) ‘Women's entry into construction: Does industry culture act as a barrier?’. In: Joint 2006 CIB W065/W055/W086 Symposium Proceedings, 20th October 2006, Rome, Italy

Shanmugam, M., Haigh, R., Amaratunga, D. and Ingirige, B. (2006) ‘A study of the role of leadership characteristics of women in construction’. In: Joint 2006 CIB W065/W055/W086 Symposium Proceedings, 20th October 2006, Rome, Italy

Ingirige, B., Amaratunga, D., Sexton, M., Ahmed, V., Baldry, D., Aouad, G. and Keraminiyage, K. (2006) Guidelines for improving social outcomes gained through distance learning (DL) tools University of Salford

Ingirige, B., Amaratunga, D., Dowdle, D., Keraminiyage, K., Goulding, J., Baldry, D. and Lees, M. (2006) Improving co-learner interactions through web based online assessments within distant learning settings University of Salford


Ingirige, B., Amaratunga, D., Keraminiyage, K. and Baldry, D. (2005) ‘Leveraging distance learning tools for broadbasing education in construction industry disciplines: The importance of a continuous social discourse’. In: RICS COBRA Conference (held as part of the QUT Research week), 3-8th July 2005, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia


Keynote Speeches and Session chairs in conferences and workshops

  • Keynote address at the Flood Resilience Impact and Responses (FRIAR) Conference 2016, Venice, Italy titled “building community resilience against flooding: a schematic approach to develop coping capacities of small businesses”
  • Delivered the main session presentation on invitation at the GFDRR workshop, Singapore March 2016 (see http://www.intermet.asia/page.cfm/Action=Seminar/libID=1/listID=8/t=m
  • Delivered a keynote address at the ‘Future of Civil contingencies conference’, University of Salford - January 2016 titled “Building community resilience against flooding: The importance of engaging SMEs”
  • Session chair at the 2015 IIIRR conference, Seoul South Korea (August 2015) in the area of “Cities, infrastructure & cascading natural disasters”. A conference proceedings was published as part of this conference (see publications)
  • Keynote address at the capacity building workshop in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (February 2015) – titled “Capacity building for disaster risk reduction” as part of the CARE-RISK UK Malaysia Researcher Links programme held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in February 2015 - see http://goo.gl/t8MvOk.
  • Keynote speech at the FIT4 security collaborative seminar, invited by The Brandenburg Institute for Society and Security, Berlin, Germany (April 2015) - in the area of SME resilience and the importance of capacity building as a measure of enhancing community security.
  • Keynote at the National Building Research Organisation (NBRO), Sri Lanka (January 2014) at the Ministry of Disaster Management in Colombo, Sri Lanka in the area of ‘Issues faced in resilient construction’. NBRO is a technical institution under the Ministry of Disaster Management of Sri Lanka.
  • Keynote in the conference on challenges in flood risk management in urban areas of river deltas in South and South East Asia , Bangkok, Thailand (November 2013) in the area of “Risk financing options for reducing the flood risk in river delta areas”. The conference was organized to engage a wider range of stakeholder groups working on urban development, physical and economic policy planning, agriculture, disaster risk reduction, and climate risk management at sub-regional, national and sub-national level of deltaic regions in South and South East Asia.
  • Chair of the Panel discussion under the national launch of the UNISDR’s Global Assessment Report 2013 at the International Conference on Building Resilience (ICBR) at Ahungalla,, Sri Lanka (September 2013)
  • Keynote at the European Forum for Urban Security (EFUS) conference Paris, France organised by the UNISDR, (December 2012) on the importance of improving resilience of businesses as a major component of urban disaster risk reduction and facilitated panel discussion.
  • Delivered keynote for the ESRC sponsored seminar titled “Governance of Resilience” at University of Sheffield (September 2012) in the area of ‘Resilience and adaptation of small businesses against weather extremes’. This event was organised by the Business School of University of Sheffield. 
  • Co-Chair of Special Session on “Innovations in construction e-business” at the AEC 2010 conference, Penn State University, June 9th – 11th, 2010, USA
  • Presented a CPD session titled “Intranets & Extranets in Construction Projects: What do they promise? what have they achieved?” on the invitation of the RICS Project Management Group of Dubai, at the Conference Hall, API Tower, Dubai (17th February 2008).


Editorship of national/international journals


Membership of major committees and significant research bodies

  • Member of the UK Government’s Climate Change Risk Assessment (UKCCRA 2017) publication committee. I am contributing to a chapter on business and industry resilience to climate change as part of the UK’s Adaptation Sub committee's (ASC) Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA) Evidence Report 2017. This report will feed into UK parliamentary office in shaping up climate change policies from 2018 and beyond.
  • Coordinator of CIB Task Group – TG 83 – E-business in Construction. This task group of the CIB was set up in March 2011, to address the specific need of conducting web based collaboration between stakeholders in the construction industry. I am a Joint Coordinator of this task group working with 3 other leading academics in this area. For more details please visit Http://www.construction-ebusiness.org
  • Member of the Advisory panel of a research council funded project. I am a member of the advisory panel of the ESRC funded Summer after flooding (SAFe) project led by Birmingham University Business school.
  • Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Flooding and Insurance working group. RICS Flooding working group is a multi-professional group consisting of practitioners in the area of flooding. The membership of the working group engages with high-level policy makers in producing briefings, training programmes and guidance documents benefiting communities. I am one of the academic representatives of this group and influence some of its activities and decisions. I also obtain valuable practical advise on some of my research activities on flood resilience and community engagement.
  • Member of the Salford Strategic Flood Forum (from 2011 to 2016). The Salford strategic flood forum was established following discussions with the assistant mayor for strategic planning regarding the best way to implement recommendations arising from the Pitt Review into the 2007 floods. I have served in this forum from 2011 to 2016 as the representative for the University of Salford.

Research Degree Supervision

I welcome research proposals in the following areas:

  • Flood adaptation of small businesses
  • eBusiness and web based collaboration in international construction
  • Post disaster housing reconstruction and resilience of critical infrastructure
  • Private sector engagement in disaster risk reduction and international development
  • Resilience and adaptation as applicable within the construction industry and its organisations and projects
  • Resilience of Cities against cascading natural hazard events

I have achieved the following PhD completions

  • Main Supervisor; Omran Elgrari, 2011
  • Main Supervisor; Liliane Schofield, 2011
  • Main Supervisor; Anis Bakri, 2012
  • Co Supervisor; Nuwani Siriwardhena, 2012
  • Main Supervisor; Gayan Wedawatta, 2013
  • Main Supervisor; Helena Gamboa, 2014
  • Main Supervisor; Eric Adzroe, 2015

I have conducted more than 20 Phd final viva examinations at the University of Salford and 4 external examinations of PhD students in the following universities in UK and overseas related to the above research interests

  • University of Liverpool (School of Architecture)
  • University of Wolverhampton (School of the Built Environment)
  • University of Hull (Department of History)
  • University of Newcastle Australia (School of Architecture and Built Environment)