Doctor Krisanthi Seneviratne

Doctor Krisanthi Seneviratne

Lecturer in Construction Management,
Construction Management

Biography

Dr Krisanthi Seneviratne joined Western Sydney University as a Lecturer in Construction Management in 2020. Before joining WSU, she worked at Heriot Watt University (Dubai Campus), UAE as a Lecturer in Construction Management and Surveying since 2014. Krisanthi completed her PhD in Construction Project Management from Salford University, UK in 2013, where she also worked as a researcher on Royal Foreign and Commonwealth Office funded research project titled ‘Conflict Prevention through Infrastructure Reconstruction’ and Royal Institution and Chartered Surveyors Education Trust funded research project titled ‘ISLAND - II’. Krisanthi joined Salford University after two years of service to Moratuwa University, Sri Lanka as a Lecturer in Quantity Surveying. She graduated with a BSc (Honours) in Quantity Surveying (First Class) from the same University in 2003.

Krisanthi is a RICS Chartered Professional (MRICS) in Quantity Surveying and Construction and an APC Assessor. Outside of academia, she has experience of working as a Quantity Surveyor in the Construction Industry.

Krisanthi’s current research interests include Disaster Management; Construction Cost Management; Sustainable Development; Construction Procurement and Contracts and Construction Health and Safety. She has published her research related to construction management in numerous conferences and journals

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Qualifications

  • PhD University of Salford
  • BSc University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

Professional Memberships

  • Member of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS) (2018)
  • Associate Member of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (ACIArb) (2019)
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA) (2017)
  • Member of Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (MAIQS) (2020)
  • Member of Australian Institute of Project Management (MAIPM) (2020)

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Construction Management

Contact

Email: K.Seneviratne@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone: (02) 9685 9137
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Location: ED.G.115
Parramatta

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Teaching

Previous Teaching Areas

  • 301055 Research Project A, 2021
  • 301056 Research Project B, 2021
  • 301208 Building Measurement, 2021
  • 301224 Contract Administration, 2021

Publications

Chapters in Books

  • Seneviratne, K. (2011), 'Capacity of the construction industry in post-disaster reconstruction : post-tsunami Sri Lanka', Post-Disaster Reconstruction of the Built Environment: Rebuilding for Resilience, Wiley-Blackwell 9781444333565.
  • Seneviratne, K. and Amaratunga, D. (2011), 'Conflict, post conflict and post-conflict reconstruction : exploring the associated challenges', Post-Disaster Reconstruction of the Built Environment: Rebuilding for Resilience, Wiley-Blackwell 9781444333565.

Journal Articles

  • Msawil, M., Elghaish, F., Seneviratne, K. and McIlwaine, S. (2021), 'Developing a parametric cash flow forecasting model for complex infrastructure projects : a comparative study', Sustainability, vol 13, no 20 .
  • Seneviratne, K. and Michael, G. (2020), 'Disputes in time bar provisions for contractors' claims in standard form of contracts', International Journal of Construction Management, vol 20, no 4 , pp 335 - 346.
  • Baban, H., Nielsen, Y. and Seneviratne, K. (2020), 'Exploring the potentials of smart and sustainable project controls within the construction industry : drivers and challenges', Journal of Strategic Innovation and Sustainability, vol 15, no 3 , pp 55 - 69.
  • Seneviratne, K., Amaratunga, D. and Haigh, R. (2017), 'Managing housing needs of post conflict housing reconstruction : Sri Lankan perspective', Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, vol 24, no 2 , pp 275 - 288.
  • Seneviratne, K., Amaratunga, D. and Haigh, R. (2016), 'Managing housing needs in post conflict housing reconstruction in Sri Lanka : gaps verses recommendations', International Journal of Strategic Property Management, vol 20, no 1 , pp 88 - 100.
  • Seneviratne, K., Amaratunga, D. and Haigh, R. (2015), 'Post conflict housing reconstruction : exploring the challenges of addressing housing needs in Sri Lanka', Built Environment Project and Asset Management, vol 5, no 4 , pp 432 - 445.
  • Seneviratne, K., Rameezdeen, R. and Amaratunga, D. (2015), 'Contractor capacity and waste generation : an empirical investigation', Journal of Construction in Developing Countries, vol 20, no 2 , pp 25 - 36.
  • Pathirage, C., Seneviratne, K., Amaratunga, D. and Haigh, R. (2012), 'Managing disaster knowledge : identification of knowledge factors and challenges', International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment, vol 3, no 3 , pp 237 - 252.
  • Seneviratne, K., Baldry, D. and Pathirage, C. (2010), 'Disaster knowledge factors in managing disasters successfully', International Journal of Strategic Property Management, vol 14, no 4 , pp 376 - 390.
  • Zainudeen, N., Kumari, P. and Seneviratne, K. (2008), 'Impact of design changes on contractors' cash flow', Built-Environment Sri Lanka, vol 8, no 1 , pp 2 - 10.

Conference Papers

  • Baban, H., Seneviratne, K. and Nielsen, Y. (2020), 'Exploring the potentials of project controls within the construction industry : drivers and challenges', International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operational Management, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
  • Athapaththu, K. and Seneviratne, K. (2018), 'Types, causes and effects of variations in residential building projects in the UAE', International Cost Engineering Council. World Congress, Sydney, N.S.W..
  • Seneviratne, K., Arar, A. and Hakim, H. (2016), 'Use of provisional sums in the UAE construction industry : an empirical study', World Construction Symposium, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  • Seneviratne, K., Amaratunga, D. and Haigh, R. (2015), 'Challenges in managing housing needs in post conflict housing reconstruction', International Institute for Infrastructure Resilience and Reconstruction. Conference, Brisbane, Qld..
  • Seneviratne, K., Amaratunga, D. and Haigh, R. (2013), 'Addressing housing needs in minimising the problems of post conflict housing reconstruction', International Conference on Building Resilience, Ahungalla, Sri Lanka.
  • Seneviratne, K., Amaratunga, D. and Haigh, R. (2011), 'Post conflict housing reconstruction : housing needs and expectations of conflict affected communities', International Conference on Building Resilience, Kandalama, Sri Lanka.
  • Seneviratne, K., Pathirage, C., Amaratunga, D. and Haigh, R. (2011), 'Disaster knowledge factors : benefits and challenges', International Conference on Building Resilience, Kandalama, Sri Lanka.
  • Seneviratne, K., Amaratunga, D., Haigh, R. and Pathirage, C. (2010), 'Knowledge management for disaster resilience : identification of key success factors', CIB Congress, Salford, U.K..
  • Seneviratne, K., Amaratunga, D., Haigh, R. and Pathirage, C. (2010), 'Identification of disaster knowledge factors : preliminary findings', COBRA (Conference), Paris, France.
  • Seneviratne, K., Amaratunga, D. and Haigh, R. (2010), 'Post conflict housing reconstruction : sustainability perspectives of human settlements', COBRA (Conference), Paris, France.
  • Seneviratne, K. and Amaratunga, D. (2009), 'Strengthening post disaster reconstruction through capacity building : a literature review', International Postgraduate Research Conference, Salford, U.K..
  • Manewa, A., Zainudeen, N., Seneviratne, K. and Hewage, M. (2008), 'Capacity building for sustainable enterprise development', CIB W89 International Conference on Building Education and Research, Kandalama, Sri Lanka.
  • Jayawardena, H., Seneviratne, K. and Jayasena, H. (2008), 'Skilled workforce in Sri Lankan construction industry : production Vs. acceptance', CIB W89 International Conference on Building Education and Research , Kandalama, Sri Lanka.
  • Zainudeen, N., Seneviratne, K., Manewa, A. and Ubesiri, N. (2008), 'Contribution of commercial buildings towards GHG emissions : Sri Lankan perspective', CIB W89 International Conference on Building Education and Research, Kandalama, Sri Lanka.
  • Seneviratne, K., Amaratunga, D. and Palliyaguru, R. (2007), 'Review of reconstruction efforts in Sri Lanka : post-tsunami phase', International Postgraduate Research Conference, Salford, U.K..

Other Publications

  • 2015, 'Conflict Prevention through Post Conflict Housing Reconstruction: Good Practices and Lessons Learned', Report
  • 2014, 'Knowledge Factors and Associated Challenges for Successful Disaster Knowledge Sharing', Report

Research Projects

  • Co-Investigator  of the project titled 'Sustainable Smart construction to achieve flood resilience in buildings' funded by the  VC’s Centre for Western Sydney Fellowships. ($ 6000). Project aims to to develop a data model that represents critical input parameters for sustainable modular building systems to achieve greater flood resilience.
  • Second Cheif Investigator  of the Seed project titled 'Blockchain and Smart-contracts for tracking and managing Building Defects in Australia' funded by School of Engineering, Design and Built Environment Strategic Research Funds 2021 ($ 5000). Project aims to identify the ICT solutions and technologies that can be used to manage building defects. 
  • Chief Investigator of the Seed research project titled 'Disaster Resilience: Capturing and Sharing the Best Practices in COVID Risk Reduction adopt by Australian Construction Enterprises' funded by the School of Built Environment Strategic Research Funds 2020  ($6,500). Project aimed to enhance the resilience of Australian construction enterprises to pandemics through achieving the objectives of: identifying the implications of COVID19 on construction enterprises; capturing the best practices adopt by them in reducing COVID19 risks in continuing business activities; and mapping the practices against the Sendai Framework priority areas to develop a framework.
  • Worked as the Research Assistant of the research project titled ‘Conflict Prevention through Infrastructure Reconstruction’ funded by the Royal Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Value: £75, 000). Project aimed to enhance the capacity of the local stakeholders to deliver conflict sensitive infrastructure reconstruction programmes within the North and East of Sri Lanka. 
  • Worked as the Research Assistant of the research project titled ‘ISLAND – II’, partly funded by the RICS Education Trust. Project aimed to increase the effectiveness of disaster management by facilitating the sharing of appropriate knowledge and good practices relating to disaster management cycle, namely: Preparation, Response and Recovery. 

Honours Research Supervision

  • Thesis Title: Natural Disasters and the Subsequent Effects on the Construction Sector in Australia

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