Professor of Construction Economics
PhD, MSc (IT), BSc (QS) Hons., MRICS, AAIQS, AIQSSL
Tel: 0191 2273172
I joined Northumbria University in September 2009 as Professor of Construction Economics. I lead the Construction Economics & Management Research Group in Faculty of Engineering & Environment. I also work closely with the Disaster and Development Centre in the faculty. I am also a joint coordinator of the CIB task group TG83: e-Business in Construction (www.construction-ebusiness.org). Prior to joining Northumbria University I was the Course Director leading the Quantity Surveying group at University of Ulster in Northern Ireland from 2003 to 2009. During this period I was actively involved in research and teaching & learning activities of the school; promoting the profile of the school and quantity surveying profession.
In 1991 I graduated as a Quantity Surveyor with first class honours from the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. Since then I have worked as a consultant quantity surveyor, project manager and as an academic in quantity surveying. I came to the UK in1993 for my master and doctoral studies at the University of Salford. Upon successful completion of my doctoral studies in 1997 I re-joined University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka where as a senior academic lead the BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying programme to RICS and AIQS accreditations. I was the Course Director for the MSc Project Management programme conducted by the University of Moratuwa until I joined University of Ulster in 2003.
I am a Chartered Surveyor and a corporate member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS). I have worked as a consultant Quantity Surveyors and Project Manager in the construction industry in the private sector.
In 1997 I was elected as the Honorary Secretary of the Institute of Quantity Surveyors Sri Lanka and held the post till my departure to the UK in 2003. During this period I was actively involved in promoting the Quantity Surveying profession in Sri Lanka and was an active member of the Organisation of Professional Associations (OPA). From 2003, I re-joined the RICS and was actively involved with the activities of the RICS Northern Ireland promoting quantity surveying education within the region.
In 2000, I received HE Presidential Award for internationally recognised academic publications awarded by Her Excellency the President of Sri Lanka for research publication with high citation index. During my period at University of Ulster, I was actively involved in research and was a core member of the Built Environment Research Institute (BERI) and headed the Construction Research group. I have successfully supervised to completion several doctoral and higher degree candidates. During that period, I was also played a key role in research for the Constructing Excellence Northern Ireland.
Presently, I serve as the external examiner for the MSc Quantity Surveying programmes at Kingston University and University of Salford, and Bolton University in UK and University of Mauritius. I have also served as external examiner in BSc & MSc Quantity Surveying programmes at South Bank University, UK, and Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Republic of Ireland. I have also been an external examiner for award of PhDs as well as served in several course accreditation and validation panels for various universities and professional bodies both within UK and internationally.
My main research interests are in e-Business and Construction IT: e-procurement, knowledge-based systems, applications of artificial intelligence techniques, Construction Economics: whole life costing, carbon estimating & management, risk management, value management, cost modelling, whole life costing, multi-criteria decision making, cost benefit analysis, economics of sustainability and applications in disaster management, Commercial Management: contracts management and innovation management.
I am currently a joint international coordinator of the CIB TG83: e-Business in Construction.