Researchers

Biyanka Ekanayake
ra-biyanka@uom.lk
Biyanka is a graduate research assistant attached to the Department of Building Economics, University of Moratuwa. She has obtained her first degree in B.Sc (Hons) in Facilities Management and has completed writing her Master of Science thesis. She is currently working in project MOBILISE under the supervision of Dr Udayangani Kulatunge at the University of Moratuwa.
Chandana Siriwardana
chandanas@uom.lk
Chandana works as a Senior Lecturer at University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. He obtained his PhD from University Calgary in Project Management and MSc from University of Tokyo in Coastal Engineering. His research interests include resilience communities, disaster risk reduction, construction productivity and performance improvements. Chandana currently a level 8 Google local guide.
Chameera Randil
chameerarandil@gmail.com
Chameera is a graduate research assistant of the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Moratuwa. Currently working under the supervision of Dr. Chandana Siriwardana at the University of Moratuwa. In addition, he is doing a research on "Quantifying and evaluating the impacts for a system after a disaster" for the Masters' programme.
 
Che Zulkhairi Abdullah
c.z.abdullah@salford.ac.uk
Zul is a Research Fellow within the THINKlab. He is a technical advisor to BBNGO Malaysia which is a leading charitable NGO on the east coast of Malaysia that plays a major role in coordinating disaster situations during the monsoon seasons. Zul has been developing ZOR Zero-Order Responders with BBNGO, The Malaysian Society for Occupational Safety & Health (MSOSH) and MERCY Malaysia to empower local communities to improve their ability to self-cope with a disaster impact while waiting for external aid. Zul has had one grant and is a member of another team that obtained a grant for Malaysian-wide High Impact Flood research following the devastating 2014 floods (which involves the development of a quick-deploy shelter and modular-compact shelter design). Zul interests include developing instructional materials and experimenting with open-source mapping, GIS and remote sensing that could be useful for NGOs and agencies while dealing with disaster situations.
Hisham Tariq
h.tariq4@salford.ac.uk
Hisham provides support to the THINKlab team in matters relating to stakeholder engagement, requirements' capture, and participatory modelling (using system dynamics).
He is part of the MOBILISE team that is focused on developing the Community Disaster Resilience Toolkit (CDR-T) for understanding disaster resilience at the community level using innovative participatory techniques to model community disaster resilience.
He has worked extensively in disaster management and development; working on other projects (such as the EU-CIRCLE project which developed an innovative framework for strengthening the interconnected European Infrastructure's resilience to climate pressures) and working with various agencies, non-governmental organizations and academic institutions in conducting high quality social research, monitoring & evaluation and relief & recovery activities.
Komal Aryal
k.r.aryal18@salford.ac.uk
Komal brings over 17 years’ participatory action based research experience on local disaster risk management, humanitarian response coordination a nd community based development programmes. His current research is focused on the use of Earth Observation (EO) imagery and Virtual Reality (VR) to improve local disaster risk and response governance.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kuo-Cheng Wu
k.c.wu@salford.ac.uk
Kuo-Cheng Wu is a senior researcher in the ThinkLab at the University of Salford. His main research focus is on developing collaborative technology for multi-functional teams. Within this context, he has been conducting research to develop flexible collaboration platforms and multi-user interface frameworks for disaster risk reduction and response engineering.
 
 
 
 
 
Muhammad Usman
muhammadusmancdpm@gmail.com
Usman did his under- graduate degree from the Centre for Disaster Preparedness and Management, University of Peshawar and post-graduate degree in Disaster Risk Management from Riphah International University, Islamabad. As a part of his master’s degree, Usman mapped institutional capabilities for disaster risk reduction and responses in Pakistan for his dissertation project ( Title: Institutional Coping Capacities toward Disasters). Previously Usman has worked for various national and regional relief and response agencies in Pakistan. His current research is focused on digital technologies can be used effectively to strengthen community risk reduction, response and resilience planning in Pakistan.
Teo Wei She
weisheteo@gmail.com
Teo Wei She graduated from Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM), Batu Pahat, Johor in October 2017 with a Bachelor of Real Estate Management with Honours. After gaining her Bachelor's degree, she enrolled for her Master's degree in Real Estate and Facilities Management at the same University and will graduate with Master of Science in Real Estate and Facilities Management. She is writing her Master of Science thesis on A Collaborative Multi-agency Platform for Building Resilient Communities (MOBILISE). She is also currently a member of KANZU Research UTHM.