Salford work in Sri Lanka and Iraq praised at Guardian awards

Saturday 30 March 2013

The University of Salford has finished runner-up in the Guardian University Awards for its work helping Iraq and Sri Lanka recover from devastating wars.

In both countries, academics from the School of the Built Environment have been making a real difference to people’s lives using their expertise and building relationships with communities and organisations on the ground.
Following Sri Lanka’s ethnic war which ended in May 2009, communities needed to be rebuilt physically, socially and economically. The conflict had restricted the capacity of universities in the North and East of the country to undertake essential research for the reconstruction.
The University’s Centre for Disaster Resilience, which has a 25-year relationship with the country, worked with the University of Colombo; Eastern University; the University of Jaffna and the Chamber of Construction Industry in Sri Lanka to meet the needs of the country’s culturally diverse communities.
The Salford-led Conflict Prevention through Infrastructure Reconstruction project brought together a creative international collaboration which improved understanding of the relationships between physical infrastructure reconstruction programmes and social cohesion among people affected by conflict, helping local stakeholders deliver conflict-sensitive reconstruction programmes.  These long-standing collaborations with leading universities in Sri Lanka strengthened Salford’s links and drew in new partners, including the British High Commission and other universities in the North and East.
Read the full news article published in The University of Salford News.