Guest editor profile

Dilanthi Amaratunga

Professor of Disaster Risk Reduction and Management/ Head

Global Disaster Resilience Centre, University of Huddersfield, UK (GDRC) Expertise: Built environment dimensions of disaster risks, climate change and sustainability; Socio-economic measures for disaster risks; Preparedness for response, recovery and reconstruction; Gender and protection; Public policy, governance and procurement; capacity building for disaster resilience and management

Dilanthi Amaratunga is a Professor of Disaster Risk Management at the University of Huddersfield, UK with 27 years of experience in the higher education sector. She is an international leading expert in disaster resilience, with a focus on the built environment. She also champions the representation of women in this key research area.

Working closely with partners in the UK and globally, she has published over 250 papers and has managed the successful completion of several major international collaborative research projects. Among several other leadership roles, she is the chair of the United Nations Working Group on Construction Policy and Practice and is one of the two formally appointed UK based Advocates of the UNISDR on making cities resilient to disasters.

She is the Editor-in-chief of the Scopus indexed International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment (www.emeraldinsight.com/ijdrbe.htm ). She also led the Editorial Team of the Global Assessment Report 2015 key papers published by the UNISDR. Dilanthi initiated the International Conferences series on Building Resilience (www.buildresilience.org).

Dilanthi’s full profile can be read at: www.dilanthi.amaratunga.net

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