Dr Chathuranganee Jayakody (Chathu) is a lecturer in Architecture and urbanism at the Manchester School of Architecture (MSA). Her role includes teaching at the MA Architecture and Urbanism programme and supervising master's dissertations. Her research interest is in Urban planning and urban designing interventions for disaster resilience, Planning and designing Sustainable Public Open Spaces and Shared Spaces, addressing the needs of displaced communities and social cohesion through urban design. Before joining MSA, Chathu was a Senior Tutor in Planning and Environmental Management at the School of Environment Education and Development (SEED), University of Manchester. She was also a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Huddersfield and a research member at the Global Disaster Resilience Centre. Prior to her academic career, she worked at the Planning Control and Building Control department at Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council, UK. She was also involved in large-scale housing development projects under the sustainable township programme in Sri Lanka.

Academic and professional qualifications

FHEA (2021) – Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK -PGCHE (Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education), School of Education and Professional Development, University of Huddersfield

PhD (2019) – in Architecture and the Built Environment, University of Huddersfield, UK

MSc (2012) – in Urban Design at the University of Salford, UK

BSc Hons. (2009) – in Town and Country Planning, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

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Research Interests

She is a co-editor of the book volume: 'Rebuilding Communities after Displacement - Sustainable and Resilience Approaches' with Springer Publications.

Guest editor of the Journal Special issue on 'Rebuilding Communities Following Disasters and Conflict-Induced Mass Displacements', Sustainability, ISSN 2071-1050

Editorial Assistant of the International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment (IJDRBE), Emerald Publishing,

She has published her research work in more than 20 publications which include two book chapters, ten peer-reviewed journals, two policy reports and more than ten conference publications.