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School of the Built Environment

Dr Chaminda Pathirage

Senior Lecturer/ Director of Postgraduate Research Studies


I am a Senior Lecturer and the Director of Postgraduate Research Studies at the School of the Built Environment. I was the Programme Director for the MSc Project Management in Construction degree programme for 7 years since 2009. Currently, I’m the University of Salford’s Principal Investigator for a Major EU Horizon 2020 funded project titled ‘A panEuropean framework for strengthening Critical Infrastructure resilience to climate change- EU-CIRCLE’. I have worked in several RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) funded research projects on good practices in disaster context; I have developed my specific research interest on exploring the role of knowledge management in the disaster management cycle. I lead the research theme ‘Knowledge Management for Disaster Resilience’ in the Centre for Disaster Resilience, at the University of Salford. I am also an Editorial Board Member of International Journal of Knowledge Based Organizations and International Journal of Knowledge and Performance Management. With over 15 years of research and teaching experience, I have published several book chapters, research reports, refereed journal papers and international conference papers and have facilitated a number of research workshops in International conferences. I have also co-chaired and organised a number of International Conferences. I’m also part of a number university level teaching and learning committees. 


Module Tutor for PG Procurement in Construction and Property.

Module Tutor for PG Financial and Risk Management (SL).


Research Interests

  • Knowledge Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Disaster Management
  • Quantity Surveying

Qualifications and Memberships

BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying

PhD (Knowledge Management)


Over 80 Refereed Journal, Book Chapters and International Conference publications. Only 4 recent Journal/ report publications given below:  

Pathirage, C.P. and Al-Khaili, K., (2016), Disaster Vulnerability of Emirati Energy Sector and Barriers to Enhance Resilience, Journal of Built Environment Project and Asset Management, Vol 6 Issue 4, pp. 403-414

Pathirage, C.P., Seneviratne, K., Amaratunga, D and Haigh, R., (2015), Knowledge Factors and Associated Challenges for Successful Disaster Knowledge Sharing, ·         Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction, UNISDR, © United Nations 2015, ISBN 978-92-1-132042-8

Ophiyandri, T, Amaratunga, R.D.G. and Pathirage, C.P., (2015), Advantages and Limitations of Community-based Post-disaster Housing Reconstruction Projects, The State of DRR at the Local Level: A 2015 Report on the Patterns of Disaster Risk Reduction Actions at Local Level, UNISDR, © United Nations 2015

Al-Khaili, K. and Pathirage, C.P., (2014), A Critical Review on Disaster preparedness and management of the Emirati Energy Sector, Journal of Revista EAN, Vol 4 pp 104-121, ISSN 0120-8160