Gayan Wedawatta


    Accepting PhD Students

    PhD projects

    Open to supervise PhD students on broad issues related to Cost Management in Construction, Construction Contract issues, Disaster resilience, Organisational resilience, Flood adaptation, Post-disaster re-construction, SMEs in construction.
    Please contact Gayan to enquire about PhD supervision.

    Personal profile


    Gayan is a Senior Lecturer in Construction and Quantity Surveying at the Department of Civil Engineering, School of Infrastructure and Sustainable Engineering. He is a Chartered Construction Manager (MCIOB), Chartered Civil Engineering Surveyor (MCInstCES), a Member of the Association of Project Management (MAPM) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). Gayan initially joined Aston University as a lecturer in construction in 2013, and taught in Aston's Construction Project Management programme for 5 years. Between 2018-2020, Gayan worked as a Senior Lecturer in Built Environment and as the Programme Leader for Quantity Surveying at Northumbria University. In his 2nd tenure at Aston University, he joined the newly established Department of Civil Engineering in Sept 2020 and is mostly involved with Construction Project Management and Quantity Surveying programmes.  

    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 has continued to undertake research on disaster resilience-related issues including post-disaster recovery, the resilience of SMEs, flood adaptation etc since then. Apart from that, his research interests include cost management in construction, construction project management and sustainable construction.  

    Research Interests

    Gayan's research interests include extreme weather events and construction SMEs, disaster management, the resilience of SMEs and adaptation to flooding.

    Gayan regularly reviews papers related to these 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.


    PhD in Construction and Property Management, University of Salford, 2013. 

    PGCert in Professional Practice in HE, Aston University, 2015.  

    BSc (Hons) in Quantity Surveying, University of Moratuwa, 2007.

    Member (MCIOB), Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).

    Member (MCInstCES), Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES)

    Member (MAPM), Association of Project Management (APM). 

    Fellow (FHEA), Higher Education Academy. 


    • 2020 - to-date: Senior Lecturer in Construction and Quantity Surveying, School of Infrastructure and Sustainable Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering, Aston University.
    • 2018 – 2020: Senior Lecturer in Built Environment / Programme Leader Quantity Surveying, Department of Architecture and Built Environment, Northumbria University.
    • 2013 – 2018: Lecturer in Construction, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University.
    • 2012 – 2013: Assistant Lecturer, Department of Civil Engineering Architecture and Building, Coventry University.
    • 2008 – 2012: PhD researcher / Project researcher, School of the Built Environment, University of Salford.
    • 2007 – 2008: Lecturer, Department of Building Economics, University of Moratuwa.
    • 2007 – 2008: Lecturer (visiting), College of Quantity Surveying, Institute of Quantity Surveyors Sri Lanka. 

    External positions

    External Examiner - MSc Construction Project Management, London Metropolitan University

    Jan 2024Dec 2027

    External Examiner - Quantity Surveying, Robert Gordon University

    1 Feb 202230 Sept 2025

    External examiner - Quantity Surveying, University College of Estates Management

    1 Dec 201930 Jan 2024

    External Examiner - Construction and Surveying, Anglia Ruskin University

    1 Jan 201830 Dec 2021

    Accreditation Panel, Chartered Institute of Building

    Jan 2018 → …


    • TH Building construction
    • TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
    • HD28 Management. Industrial Management


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