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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.
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:
Kulatunga, U. and Ingirige, B. (2016) ‘Capacity building for disaster risk reduction: Guest editorial’ Built 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 events’ Built 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 practice’ Structural 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 Cockermouth’ Journal 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 engagement’ UNISDR Global Assessment Report .
Wedawatta, G. and Ingirige, B. (2012) ‘Resilience and adaptation of small and medium?sized enterprises to flood risk’ Disaster 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 events’ International 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 Lanka’ Journal of Construction in Developing Countries , 13 (2), pp. 21-42. ISSN 1823-6499
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
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
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
I welcome research proposals in the following areas:
I have achieved the following PhD completions
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