I am a Senior Tutor in Planning and Environmental Management at the School of Environment Education and Development (SEED), Faculty of Humanities. Large part of my current role includes teaching in the area of Urban planning, Neighbourhood Planning, infrastructure planning and supervising master’s Dissertations in Planning, Urban Design, Global Urban Development and Urban Regeneration & Development. Before joining the University of Manchester, I was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Huddersfield and a research member of the Global Disaster Resilience Centre. As the post-doctoral researcher, I worked in a collaborative research project called REGARD (REbuildinG AfteR Displacement) which explored the built environment perspective of displacement. Apart from that, I taught modules related to Planetary Urbanisation, urban planning and disaster resilience at the department of Geography, University of Huddersfield. I was also a tutor at School of Architecture, Manchester Metropolitan University for two modules; Cities and Urbanism, and Research Methods and events. I have worked in the Planning Control and Building control department at Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council.
I completed my PhD in ‘Architecture and the Built Environment’ at the University of Huddersfield and my thesis was titled, ‘Planning and designing public open spaces (POS) as a strategy to enhance coastal cities’ resilience to Tsunamis in Sri Lanka’. I completed my master’s degree in Urban Design at the University of Salford, UK. I graduated from the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka with a first-class honours degree in Town and Country planning.