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School of the Built Environment

Professor Bingunath Ingirige

Professor of Urban Resilience and Adaptation

Biography

Prof. Bingunath Ingirige has a Chair in Urban Resilience and Adaptation at the Centre for Disaster Resilience (CDR), School of the Built Environment, University of Salford. He has a BSc (Hons), a Masters in Management of Technology from the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand and a PhD from University of Salford. He is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Prof. Ingirige has extensive experience of investigating resilience measures within a variety of community settings encompassing several stakeholders such as small businesses, private sector, the public sector and NGOs. He has also studied collaborative engagement processes between agencies, public and private sector both in the UK and internationally. He was an investigator of the EPSRC funded Community Resilience to Extreme Weather (CREW) project, where he led his team in investigating resilience of small businesses against extreme weather events. He is currently an investigator of the EU Horizon 2020 funded EU-CIRCLE project (www.eu-circle.eu). He is also an investigator of the CIOB’s Bowen Jenkins legacy research funded project that looks into sustainability of post disaster housing in Sri Lanka. He has led a RICS Research trust funded project that looked into the recovery of Small and Medium Scale Enterprises after the devastating flood event in 2009 in Cockermouth Cumbria. In an impact enhancement project funded by the Adaptation and Resilience in the Context of Change (ARCC) network, he profiled the resilience and adaptation measures of the small business community in Braunton, North Devon after their flood event in 2012. Via these initiatives, he has worked very closely with several national and international stakeholders in the area of flood resilience and adaptation. In the UK he collaborates with the National Flood Forum, the Environment agency, DEFRA and the RICS Flooding and Insurance working group. Internationally he has links with the Future Resilient Systems – Singapore ETH Centre based at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Construction Research Institute of Malaysia (CREAM), the Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre (ADPC) in Bangkok, Thailand and the National Building Research Organisation (NBRO) in Sri Lanka

Teaching

MSc Process and Project Systems

Research Interests

I welcome research proposals in the following areas:

  • Flood adaptation of small businesses
  • Post disaster housing reconstruction and resilience of critical infrastructure
  • Private sector engagement in disaster risk reduction and international development
  • Resilience and adaptation as applicable within the construction industry and its organisations and projects
  • Resilience of Cities against cascading natural hazard events
  • Project management

Qualifications and Memberships

  • PhD
  • MBA (Management of Technology)
  • BSc (Hons)
  • PG Cert
  • FHEA
  • MRICS 

Publications

• Surminski, S, Di Mauro, M, Baglee, JAR, Connell, RK, Hankinson, J, Haworth, AR, Ingirige, B. and Proverbs, D 2018, 'Assessing climate risks across different business sectors and industries : an investigation of methodological challenges at national scale for the UK' , Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 376 (2121)
 
• Zainal Abidin, NA and Ingirige, B 2018, 'The dynamics of vulnerabilities and capabilities in improving resilience within Malaysian construction supply chain' Construction Innovation: Information, Process, Management . (In Press)
 
• Ingirige, B 2016, 'Theorizing construction industry practice within a disaster risk reduction setting : is it a panacea or an illusion?' , Construction Management and Economics, 34 (7-8) , pp. 592-607.
 
• Wedawatta, G and Ingirige, B. 2016, 'A conceptual framework for understanding resilience of construction SMEs to extreme weather events' , Built Environment Project and Asset Management, 6 (4) , pp. 428-443. Item not available from this repository.
 
• Ingirige, B and Wedawatta, HG 2014, 'Putting policy initiatives into practice : adopting an “honest broker” approach to adapting small businesses against flooding' , Structural Survey, 32 (2) , pp. 123-139.
 
• Wedawatta, HG, Ingirige, B and Proverbs, D 2014, 'Small businesses and flood impacts: The case of the 2009 flood event in Cockermouth' , Journal of Flood Risk Management, 7 (1) , pp. 42-53
 
• Perera, S., Ingirige, B., Ruikar, K. and Obonyo, E. (2017), New advances in construction ICT and e-Business, Taylor and Francis.
See (https://www.routledge.com/Advances-in-Construction-ICT-and-e-Business/Perera-Ingirige- Ruikar-Obonyo/p/book/9781138914582)
 
• Ingirige, B. and Wedawatta, G. (2018) SMEs defending their businesses from flood risk: Contributing to the theoretical discourse on resilience, in Engemann (Ed) Routledge Companion to Risk, Crisis and Security in Business, Routledge (Taylor and Francis Group), London, United Kingdom (See https://www.routledge.com/The-Routledge-Companion-to-Risk-Crisis-and-Security-in-Business/Engemann/p/book/9781138643109)
 
• Ingirige, B. and Wedawatta G. (2018) Some insights into a SME driven approach to adopting measures of resilience against flooding: A UK based perspective, in Amir, S. (Ed), The Sociotechnical Constitution of Resilience: A new perspective in managing risks and disasters, Palgrave, Macmillan, Singapore (https://www.palgrave.com/de/book/9789811085086)