Dr Gayan Wedawatta


Gayan Wedawatta

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Gayan joined Aston University as a lecturer in construction in 2013. Before joining Aston University, he taught at the Department of Construction, Architecture and Building at Coventry University. 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. 

During his time at the University of Salford he worked on a number of externally funded research projects including EPSRC funded “Community Resilience to Extreme Weather -CREW”, RICS Education Trust funded “Developing Flood Expert Knowledge in Chartered Surveyors – DEFENCES” and British Council funded “CEREBELLA”. Before joining the University of Salford to conduct his post-graduate research studies, he worked as a lecturer at the Department of Building Economics, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka where he obtained his first degree in Quantity Surveying. 

Gayan is a Chartered Construction Manager (MCIOB) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). 

Research interests

His research interests include extreme weather events and construction SMEs, disaster management, 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 


  • 2013 – date: 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. 

PhD Supervision

Open to supervise PhD students on broad issues related to Sustainability in Construction, Disaster Management, Extreme Weather Events and Construction, Adaptation to Flooding, Post-disaster reconstruction, Property-level flood Adaptation, Resilience of SMEs, SMEs in construction.

  1. An SME-Driven Approach to Adopting Measures of Flood Resilience: A UK-Based Perspective

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

  2. Resilience and adaptation of small and medium-sized enterprises to flood risk

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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  1. CSID Journal of Infrastructure Development (Journal)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

  2. Evaluating the quality of the research outputs and standing

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

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