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    Accepting PhD Students

    PhD projects

    Open to supervise PhD students on broad issues related to Disaster resilience, Extreme Weather Events and Construction, Adaptation to Flooding, Post-disaster re-construction, Property-level flood Adaptation, Resilience of SMEs, SMEs in construction, Cost Management in Construction, Construction Project Management, Sustainable Construction. Please contact Gayan to enquire about PhD supervision.


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    Personal profile


    I'm a Senior Lecturer in Construction and Quantity Surveying. I 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, I worked as a Senior Lecturer in Built Environment and as the Programme Leader for Quantity Surveying at Northumbria University. In my 2nd tenure at Aston University, I joined the newly established Department of Civil Engineering and am mostly involved with Construction Project Management and Quantity Surveying programmes.  

    I completed my PhD at the School of the Built Environment, the University of Salford for which I received a fully-funded EPSRC studentship. My thesis was on resilience of construction SMEs to extreme weather events. I have 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, my research interests include cost management in construction, construction project management and sustainable construction.  

    I'm a Chartered Construction Manager (MCIOB) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). 

    Research Interests

    My 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 Instiute of Building. 

    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. 

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    Research Output

    Open Access
  • An SME-Driven Approach to Adopting Measures of Flood Resilience: A UK-Based Perspective

    Ingirige, B. & Wedawatta, G., 18 May 2018, The Sociotechnical Constitution of Resilience. Amir, S. (ed.). 1 ed. Palgrave Macmillan, p. 245-264 19 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  • Private investment in disaster risk management: background paper prepared for the 2015 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction

    Ingirige, B., Amaratunga, D., Kumaraswamy, M., Liyanage, C., Perwaiz, A., Towashiraporn, P. & Wedawatta, G., 31 Oct 2014, Geneva (CH): UNISDR. 41 p. (Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR); vol. 2015)

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

    Open Access
    Open Access
  • Disaster risk reduction infrastructure requirements for South-Western Bangladesh: perspectives of local communities

    Wedawatta, G., Kulatunga, U., Amaratunga, D. & Parvez, A., 2016, In : Built Environment Project and Asset Management. 6, 4, p. 379-390 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Activities

    External examiner - Department of Engineering and the Built Environment, Faculty of Science and Technology

    Gayan Wedawatta (Recipient)

    1 Feb 201831 Dec 2021

    Activity: Other activity typesTypes of Award - Appointment

    CSID Journal of Infrastructure Development (Journal)

    Gayan Wedawatta (Editorial board member)

    Nov 2014 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

    Evaluating the quality of the research outputs and standing

    Gayan Wedawatta (Reviewer)

    Jun 2014Jul 2014

    Activity: Other activity typesTypes of External academic engagement - Membership of peer review panel or committee

    2015 Global Assessment Report (GAR) for UNISDR (External organisation)

    Gayan Wedawatta (Member)

    Apr 2014Oct 2014

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee

    International Journal of Energy Sector Management (Journal)

    Gayan Wedawatta (Peer reviewer)

    Apr 2014Aug 2014

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review