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Yamuna Kaluarachchi

Director of Postgraduate Research & Ethics

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    Built Environment and Architecture / Construction, Property and Surveying
 

Dr Yamuna Kaluarachchi is the Director of Postgraduate Research & Ethics in the School of the Built Environment and Architecture. She completed her BSc in Built Environment and MSc in Architecture at the University Of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. A Chartered Architect, she also completed her MSc in Building Design for Developing Countries at the Bartlett School of Architecture UCL, and her PhD in Architecture at the University of Cambridge.Before joining LSBU, Yamuna was a Reader at Kingston University and won a number of awards for the EPSRC ‘Sustainable Living and the Older Community’ Public Engagement Project. She has held Research positions in LSBU and the University of Greenwich, where she was awarded the University of Greenwich Early Career Research Excellence Award.

Yamuna has research expertise in Resilience of the Built Environment & Communities, Smart Cities and User Behaviour and Engagement in Sustainability. She is experienced in carrying out research in the UK and Developing Countries in relation to Vulnerable Communities and Resilience to Climate Change. She has published extensively in her research areas.

Yamuna has won EPSRC & GRFC research grants as Principal Investigator and worked as Co- Investigator in a number of UK, EU and International projects contributing to areas such as Smart Cities and Future City Resilience; Gender, Disability and Social Inclusion in Post-disaster Redevelopment Programmes; and Stakeholder Engagement in Improving Community Resilience. Her research interests also include Biomimicry Concepts in Building Design.

Yamuna leads the PhD Programme in the School, providing training and mentoring for PhD Researchers, Early Career Researchers, and Staff. She supervises a group of Doctoral students and is the Course Director for Construction Project Management Programme. She Chairs the School Ethics Committees and leads all Ethics related activities in the School.

In her academic career Yamuna has taught across subjects in Architecture & Construction. In LSBU, Yamuna Module Lead and Teach in PG and UG modules across Construction Project Management and Quantity Surveying Courses. She also supervises MSc Dissertations. Postgraduate modules Procurement and Management of Construction Property Development and Planning International Real Estate and Construction, with an international field trip Dissertations Undergraduate modules Architectural Practice Management

Yamuna has conducted research in relation to Fuel poverty, Decent homes, Modern methods of construction, Sustainable refurbishment and retrofitting in the social housing sector in UK. Yamuna has extensive research experience in Stakeholder engagement in sustainability and Behaviour change. Her EPSRC 'Sustainable living and the older community' project engaged the elderly in sustainability and influenced new, innovative technology uptake and changed behaviour in adapting to new technology.

Yamuna’s international research projects focus on Resilience in the built environment and Socio-ecological resilience and include British Council- Newton Project, ‘Resilience to river floods and coastal disasters in Blumenau, Brazil’ with Blumenau University and REI- GCRF Project, ‘Gender and disability inclusion in Build Back Better Programmes in Sri Lanka’ with University of Moratuwa.

Yamuna’s recent research focuses on the major challenges faced by current and future cities exploring integrated infrastructure solutions that are smart, green, nature based, and people centered. Her current international collaborative research is in relation to Millennium Sustainable Development Goals and Community Resilience. She also works with Industry, Housing Associations and Local Authorities in collaborative projects such as the ‘Robot Built Low Carbon Homes’ & ‘Developing a lifecycle costing approach to Innovative Construction.

View my publications at https://openresearch.lsbu.ac.uk/

Dr Yamuna has been a member of the following professional bodies:

  • Chartered Membership Royal Institute of British Architects
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts

External PhD Examiner

  • School of the Built Environment, Salford University
  • School of Art, Design and Architecture, Huddersfield University

Member of CIB Working Commissions

  • W107- Construction in Developing Countries
  • W120 - Disasters and the Built Environment
  • W116 - Smart and Sustainable Built Environment

Invited Editorial Positions

  • International Journal of Disaster Prevention and Management
  • The Construction Annual Review

Invited Reviewer

  • International Inter Disciplinary Committee in Social Innovations, Mykolas Romeris University, Lithuania
  • International Scientific Committee for the HFA Thematic Review 2015, Global Assessment Report .The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)
  • International Refereed journal ‘Construction Management & Economics’
  • International Journal of Disaster Prevention and Management
  • International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation
  • Frontiers of Engineering Management

Membership of International/ EU Research Networks

  • Smarticipate- EU Smart Cities Network
  • Poverty Alleviation Network, Sri Lanka
  • Low Carbon Futures academic network
  • EU Dorich House Collaborative Research Group
  • RESPONDER – EU FP7 academic network - Linking Research