Dr Menaha Thayaparan

Dr Menaha Thayaparan, LSBU

Senior Lecturer

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    020 7815 7622
  • School/Division:
    Built Environment and Architecture / Construction, Property and Surveying

Menaha joined London South Bank University (LSBU) in August 2016. Before joining, Menaha was a research fellow at University of Salford. She was the lead researcher attached to Centre for Disaster Resilience, involved in collaborative research projects funded by European Commission and British Council. She was the module leader for Civil Engineering Surveying, and taught on the Multi-disciplinary project for the quantity surveying programme.

Menaha obtained her doctoral degree in Construction and Property Management at the University of Salford. Her PhD research was on contribution of women managers to the UK construction industry, where the specific areas of study were gender, leadership and construction. 

Menaha graduated from University of Moratuwa with a First Class Honours degree in Quantity Surveying in 2003. The degree programme is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS), the Institute of Quantity Surveyor Sri Lankan (IQSSL), and the Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors (PAQS). She also worked as a lecturer at University of Moratuwa while working as a project-based Quantity Surveyor at QServe Consultancy Ltd, Sri Lanka.

Menaha has extensive research and teaching experience, spanning more than ten years.

Menaha teaches on the following modules:

  • Measurement 1 & Documentation
  • Measurement, Documentation & Estimating
  • Measurement 2 & Estimating
  • Advanced Measurement
  • Advanced Measurement and Documentation

Menaha’s research experience, expertise and interests lie in the following areas:

  • Disaster resilience within the scope of built environment and community engagement
  • Critical infrastructure protection and resilience
  • Lifelong learning for the built environment professionals, quantity surveying and disaster management in specific
  • Improving capacity of higher education institutions to make them more responsive to labour market demand
  • Enhancing collaborations among universities, industries, professional bodies and communities
  • Women in construction

Menaha’s key projects include:

  • EU-CIRCLE (a pan-European Framework for strengthening Critical Infrastructure resilience to climate change) – aimed to develop a resilience framework for Critical Infrastructure.
  • CLIMATISE (Climate Impacts in Malaysia: Attenuation through an Integrated Safer Built Environment)  – aimed to develop built environment specific adaptation and mitigation strategies for extreme weather events in Malaysia.
  • ANDROID (Academic Network for Disaster Resilience to Optimise Educational Development)  – aimed to promote co-operation and innovation among European Higher Education Institutes (HEI) to increase societies' resilience to disasters of human and natural origin.
  • BELLCURVE (Built Environment Lifelong Learning Challenging University Responses to Vocational Education) – addressed issues associated with the mismatch between graduate skills and labour market requirements, particularly in the Built Environment sector, by recommending lifelong learning for the professionals to respond to labour market needs.
  • CAW (Construction and Women) - aimed to identify the causes for a lack of women in professional construction, both in industry and academia in the North West of England.

Most recent publications

Kulatunga, U and Pathirage, C and Thayaparan, M and Sulaiman, N Vulnerability Assessment for Climate-Induced Disasters in Malaysia.. In: International Conference on Sustainable Built Environment, 16 - 19 December 2016, Kandy, Sri Lanka.

Al-Dahash, H and Thayaparan, M and Kulatunga, U Challenges during disaster response planning resulting from war operations and terrorism in Iraq. In: 12th International conference of the International Institute for Infrastructure Resilience and Reconstruction, 5 - 7 August 2016, Kandy, Sri Lanka.

Thayaparan, M and Ingirige, B and Pathirage, C and Kulatunga, U and Fernando, T A Resilience Framework for Critical Infrastructure. In: 12th International conference of the International Institute for Infrastructure Resilience and Reconstruction, 5 - 7th August 2016, Kandy, Sri Lanka.

Al-Dahash, H and Thayaparan, M and Kulatunga, U Understanding the terminologies: Disaster, crisis and emergency. In: Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM), 5 - 7 September 2016, Manchester.

Zin Zawawi, MI and Kulatunga, U and Thayaparan, M Malaysian experience with public-private partnership (PPP): Managing unsolicited proposal. Built Environment Project and Asset Management, 6. 508-520. DOI 10.1108/BEPAM-10-2015-0059

More publications at LSBU Research Open

Menaha is a graduate member of Institute of Quantity Surveyors Sri Lanka.

International Scientific committees and conference organising committees:

  • Publication and technical director, 4th International Conference on Building Resilience: incorporating 3rd Annual meeting of ANDROID Disaster Resilience Network, Salford, UK, 8-11 September 2014
  • The 2014 CIB W55/65/89 International Conference on Construction in a Changing World, Heirtance Kandalama, Sri Lanka, 4 - 7 May 2014
  • International Conference on Building Resilience: Individual, institutional and societal coping strategies to address the challenges associated with disaster risk, Heritance Ahungalla, Sri Lanka, 17 - 19 September 2013
  • International Conference on Building Resilience: Interdisciplinary approaches to disaster risk reduction, and the development of sustainable communities and cities, Heritance Kandalama, Sri Lanka, 19 - 21 July 2011
  • Building Resilience, CIB W89 International Conference on Building Education and Research, in conjunction with CIB, W113, CIB TG53, CIB TG63, CIB TG67, CIB TG68, and CIB TG69, Heritance Kandalama, Sri Lanka, 11 – 15 February 2008

International Scientific committees:

  • The 6th International Building Resilience Conference 2016, Auckland, New Zealand 7-9th of September, 2016
  • The 5th Annual International Conference on Building Resilience, Newcastle, Australia, 15-17 July, 2 015
  • CIB TG53 International steering committee established to coordinate Postgraduate Research theme (TG53), CIB World Congress 2010, Salford Quays, UK, 10 – 13 May 2010

Conference co-organiser:

  • 12th International Postgraduate Research Conference (IPGRC 2015), MediaCity UK, 10 – 11 June 2015.
  • Conference Technical Director, 2nd ANDROID conference, in Limassol, Cyprus, 23 - 25 October 2013
  • Conference Technical Director and co-organiser, 1st ANDROID Conference, Tallinn, Estonia, 17 - 19 October 2012
  • Disaster Management theme, RICS Construction, Building and Real Estate International Research conference (COBRA 2010), 2 - 3 September 2010, Paris, France.
  • 7th International Postgraduate Research Conference in the Built and Human Environment conferences, Salford Quays, Salford, UK, 28 - 29 March 2007.
  • 6th International Postgraduate Research Conference, Delft, The Netherlands, 6-7 April 2006.
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