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Dr Gayan Wedawatta

Senior Lecturer

Department: Architecture and Built Environment

 Gayan Wedawatta

Gayan is a Senior Lecturer in Built Environment, specialising in Quantity Surveying related subjects. Before joining Department of Architecture and Built Environment at Northumbria University in 2018, he worked at Aston University as a lecturer in Construction where he was at since 2013. He has previously worked at Coventry University and University of Moratuwa. Gayan completed his PhD at the School of the Built Environment, the University of Salford for which he received a fully funded EPSRC studentship. His thesis was on resilience of construction SMEs to extreme weather events. He is a Quantity Surveying graduate from University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka.

Gayan is a Chartered Construction Manager and a member of the CIOB accreditation panel. He is an external examiner at the Department of Engineering and the Built Environment, Anglia Ruskin University. He has broad research interests related to disaster resilience, post-disaster recovery and rehabilitation, and procurement in construction. Gayan is a member of the editorial board of CSID Journal of Infrastructure Development and regularly reviews papers related to above research areas on a number of international refereed journals including Construction Management and Economics, Disasters, Disaster Prevention and Management, and International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment and peer reviewed international conferences. Gayan serves as an external progress evaluator for EU funded CADRE (Collaborative Action towards Disaster Resilience Education) - €579k (2014-2016), EU Erasmus+ funded ASCENT (Advancing Skill Creation to ENhance Transformation) - €983k research projects (2015-2018).    

Campus Address

Sutherland Building
Northumbria University


Qualifications

  • Teacher Training (University) PGCert Professional Practice in HE July 01 2015
  • Construction Managment PhD September 30 2013
  • Quantity Surveying BSc (Hons) January 01 2007
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2015
  • Member (MCIOB) Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) 2014

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Disaster resilience in the built environment (especially flood adaptation)
Post-disaster re-construction and recovery
Construction 4.0 for disaster resilience

Procurement in the construction industry (with special emphasis on collaborative approaches to procurement)
Cost and contract management in construction

Interested in a wide range of issues pertaining to disaster resilience, construction project management, and cost studies. Please contact to discuss potential PhD projects on such issues outside those listed above.

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Establishing a link between contractor selection strategy and project outcomes, Eke, G., Elgy, J., Wedawatta, G. 7 Mar 2019, In: Journal of Construction Engineering and Management - ASCE
  • Rethinking Off-Site Manufacturing for Disaster Resilience, Thurairajah, N., Wedawatta, G., Thurairajah, N. Mar 2019, Offsite Production and Manufacturing for Innovative Construction, Abingdon, Taylor & Francis
  • SMEs defending their businesses from flood risk, Ingirige, B., Wedawatta, G. Jun 2018, The Routledge Companion to Risk, Crisis and Security in Business, Oxon, Taylor & Francis
  • An SME-Driven Approach to Adopting Measures of Flood Resilience: A UK-Based Perspective, Ingirige, B., Wedawatta, G. May 2018, The Sociotechnical Constitution of Resilience, Palgrave
  • Applicability of non-modular assessment in construction management and allied undergraduate programmes: Perspective of the academics involved, Wedawatta, G. 2018, In: Journal of Further and Higher Education
  • Long-term satisfaction of resettled communities, Wijegunarathna, E., Wedawatta, G., Prasanna, L., Ingirige, B. 2018, In: Procedia Engineering
  • A quantifiable method of assessing the risk of selecting the lowest bidder in construction projects, Eke, G., Wedawatta, G., Elgy, J. Oct 2017, 13th International Postgraduate Research Conference 2017
  • Lessons to be learned and recommendations for long-term sustainability of post-disaster housing, Wedawatta, G., Ingirige, B. Aug 2017
  • A conceptual framework for understanding resilience of construction SMEs to extreme weather events, Wedawatta, G., Ingirige, B. 5 Sep 2016, In: Built Environment Project and Asset Management
  • Disaster risk reduction infrastructure requirements for South-Western Bangladesh, Wedawatta, G., Kulatunga, U., Amaratunga, D., Parvez, A. 5 Sep 2016, In: Built Environment Project and Asset Management

Further Information

Gayan is a Senior Lecturer in Built Environment, specialising in Quantity Surveying related subjects. Before joining Department of Architecture and Built Environment at Northumbria University in 2018, he worked at Aston University as a lecturer in Construction where he was at since 2013. He has previously worked at Coventry University and University of Moratuwa. Gayan completed his PhD at the School of the Built Environment, the University of Salford for which he received a fully funded EPSRC studentship. His thesis was on resilience of construction SMEs to extreme weather events. He is a Quantity Surveying graduate from University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka.

Gayan is a Chartered Construction Manager and a member of the CIOB accreditation panel. He is an external examiner at the Department of Engineering and the Built Environment, Anglia Ruskin University. He has broad research interests related to disaster resilience, post-disaster recovery and rehabilitation, and procurement in construction. Gayan is a member of the editorial board of CSID Journal of Infrastructure Development and regularly reviews papers related to above research areas on a number of international refereed journals including Construction Management and Economics, Disasters, and International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment and peer reviewed international conferences.


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