Postgraduate Research Degree Programmes

The Department of Building Economics offers the following postgraduate research degree programmes;


This is a one-year, full time (or two-year part time) programme aimed mainly at fresh graduates interested in pursuing postgraduate research.


This is a two-year, full-time (or three-year, part-time) programme aimed at enabling students to develop their capabilities to a level for pursuing PhD studies and to show originality in the application of knowledge.


This is a three-year, full-time (or five-year part-time) programme aimed at enabling students to develop their capabilities to conduct independent research and to transfer knowledge at the forefront of a discipline by making an original contribution to knowledge.The Department also offers joint PhD programmes with foreign universities. This allows the selected PhD students to carry out their research under the guidance of a team of supervisors from both universities and obtain a PhD from both.


Applications for postgraduate research programmes can be made online. For further information on applying for postgraduate research degree programmes go to

If you are interested in applying to any of the above research degree programmes at the Department, you should first contact a potential supervisor in line with your research interests from among the senior academic staff of the Department. This staff member will then:

  • evaluate your eligibility to register for the degree of your choice, and
  • work with you to develop a research proposal that will form part of your online application
  • recommend course modules appropriate for your programme.

For details of current staff members and their research interests please visit:


For further information on research degrees including admissions requirements please visit;

The Postgraduate Studies Division - Faculty of Architecture(


The Faculty of Graduate Studies (


Dr.(Mrs.) Sachie Gunatilake

Postgraduate Research Coordinator
Department of Building Economics
University of Moratuwa
Sri Lanka.

Tel: (+94) 11 2650301 (Ext. 7217) or (+94) 11 2650738


Name Title Year Supervisor(s)
Doctor of Philosophy
Dr. B.H. Mallawaarachchi An Investigation into Optimising Water Flow of Industrial Symbiosis: Development and Application of a Model 2022 Prof. (Mrs.) Y.G. Sandanayake
(Mrs.) Gayani Karunasena (Deakin University, Australia)
Professor Chunlu Liu (Deakin University, Australia)
Dr. S.D.A. Soorige A Novel Framework to Assess the Level of Energy Culture Maturity: The Case of Textile and Apparel Industrial Organisations 2022 Prof. De Silva M.L.
Prof.(Ms) U. Kulatunga
Dr. (Mrs.) Gayani Karunasena (Deakin University, Australia)
Dr. D.N. Abeynayake A Business Model Ontology for Construction Contractors 2022 Prof. (Mrs) B.A.K.S. Perera
Dr.(Ms) H. Chandanie
Dr. K.A.T.O. Ranadewa Lean enabling capacity building in small & medium enterprises in construction industry 2022 Prof. (Mrs.) Y.G. Sandanayake
Dr. Mohan Siriwardena (Liverpool John Moores University, UK)
Dr. (Mrs.) A.U.A.A. Samaraweera Framework for analysis of cultural basic assumptions of public sector construction projects 2018 Prof. (Mrs.) Yasangika Sandanayake
(Mrs.) Sepani Senaratne (Western Sydney University, Australia)
Dr. (Mrs.) Anuradha Waidyasekara Sustainable use of water in construction projects: The case of Sri Lanka 2016 Prof. Lalith De Silva
R. Rameezdeen
Dr. (Mrs.) H. Chandanie Merging academic research and industry development requirements for an innovative construction management practice 2016 Prof. (Mrs.) Yasangika Sandanayake
Dr. (Mrs.) Sepani Senaratne (Western Sydney University, Australia)
Dr. (Mrs.) N.G. Fernando (University of Salford, UK)
Dr. Ananda Ranasinghe Principles of natural justice in arbitration 2011 Prof. (Mrs.) Chitra Weddikkara
Master of Philosophy
Mrs. M. Francis Management of disputes in construction projects: A perspective of project characteristics 2022 Dr. Thanuja Ramachandra
Ms. Devindi H.G.M. A Model for Forecasting Running Costs of Commercial Buildings in Sri Lanka 2021 Dr. Thanuja Ramachandra
Mrs. N.F. Sabrina Assessment of sustainable facilities management (SFM) practice in health care (HC) organisations in Sri Lanka 2020 Dr. (Mrs.) Thanuja Ramachandra
Dr. (Mrs.) Sachie Gunatilake
Mrs. Piumi Dissanayake Exploring safety culture maturity of small and medium scale raw rubber processing enterprises in Sri Lanka 2019 Dr. (Mrs.) Sachie Gunatilake
Dr. (Mrs.) N.G. Fernando (University of Salford, UK)
Mrs. R.M.N.U. Rathnayake Framework to identify occupational health and safety initiatives for different ethical climates 2018 Prof. (Mrs.) Yasangika Sandanayake
Dr. (Mrs.) Gayani Karunasena (Deakin University, Australia)
Ms. N.H.C. Manjula Developing a model to predict unsafe behaviour of construction workers in Sri Lanka 2017 Dr. (Mrs.) Nayanthara De Silva
Mrs. B.H. Mallawaarachchi Study of built environment factors influencing occupants productivity: Green certified office buildings in Sri Lanka 2016 Prof. Lalith De Silva
Prof. R. Rameezdeen
Ms. N.R.K. Thilakarathna Framework for lean implementation in construction processes 2015 Prof. Lalith De Silva
Prof. (Mrs.) Y.G. Sandanayake
Dr. (Mrs.) Sepani Senaratne
Mr. M.D.T.E. Abeynayake Critical analysis of alternative dispute resolution methods used in the construction industry in Sri Lanka 2014 Prof. (Mrs.) Chitra Weddikkara
Prof. (Mrs.) B.A.K.S. Perera Risk identification and risk handling in construction: A consideration of the project life cycle in Sri Lankan road projects 2012 Prof. Lalith De Silva
Prof. R. Rameezdeen
Dr. (Mrs.) Thanuja Ramachandra Study of the relationship between construction sector and economic growth in Sri Lanka 2006 Prof. R. Rameezdeen
Dr. (Mrs.) Gayani Karunasena Value management based IT procurement model for construction organisations 2006 Prof. Srinath Perera
MSc by Research
Mrs. A.S. Weerasinghe Impact of sustainable features on life cycle cost (LCC) of green buildings in Sri Lanka 2019 Dr. (Mrs.) Thanuja Ramachandra
Mrs. H.W.T.P. Rathnasiri Green building information modelling for existing buildings: A facilities management perspective 2019 Ch.QS. Suranga Jayasena
Ms. B.J. Ekanayake A Framework to enhance value management application in hotel refurbishment projects in Sri Lanka 2019 Prof. (Mrs.) Yasangika Sandanayake
Mr. T.L.W. Karunaratne Applicability of a carbon tax system to reduce CO2 emissions in apparel sector of Sri Lanka 2019 Dr. (Mrs.) Thilini Jayawickrama
Ms. K.L.A.K.T. Liyanage Applicability of zero waste concept to the Sri Lankan construction industry 2019 Dr. (Mrs.) Anuradha Waidyasekara
Mrs. B.H. Mallawaarachchi
Ms. F.N. Abdeen Developing a performance measurement system to evaluate facilities management supply chain performance in hotels 2019 Prof. (Mrs.) Yasangika Sandanayake
Ms. L.M.B.N. Kolugala Identification of cooperative environment for the diffusion of innovation in the field of Quantity Surveying 2019 Ch.QS. Suranga Jayasena
Ms. N.S. Jayasena Stakeholder engagement in smart city projects in Sri Lanka 2019 Mrs. Harshini Mallawaarachchi
Dr. (Mrs.) Anuradha Waidyasekara
Ms. A.L. Samarakkody Performance measurement for the development of emerging smart cities: The case of Sri Lanka 2020 Dr. (Mrs.) Udayangani Kulatunga
Dr. Dilum Bandara (Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Moratuwa)
Ms. T.M.M.P. Tennakoon Livability defined: The case of Colombo Sri Lanka 2020 Dr. (Mrs.) Udayangani Kulatunga
Ms. S.D.I.A. Amarasinghe A modified quintuple helix innovation model for built environment life cycle assessment (LCA) integration 2020 Dr. (Mrs.) H. Chandanie
Ms. R.M.D.I.M. Rathnayake A building assessment criteria for post fire refurbished buildings in Sri Lanka: Industrial building sector 2020 Dr. (Mrs.) Pournima Sridarran
Mr. Mahesh Abeynayake
Ms. D.M.G.B.T. Kumarasiri Cultural belief and assumptions of community in municipal waste management: The case of Colombo municipal area 2021 Dr. (Mrs.) Nayanthara De Silva
Dr. (Mrs.) Aparna Samaraweera (University of South Australia, Australia)
Mrs. Piumi Dissanayake
Ms. G.L. Harindi Grid tied PV technology for energy and carbon reduction in apparel manufacturing sector in Sri Lanka 2021 Dr. (Mrs.) Anuradha Waidyasekara
Ms. N.M.G.H. Sandagomika Fostering Lean Construction through Human Capacity Building: An Empirical Study in Construction Industry 2022 Prof.(Ms) Yasangika Sandanayake
Ms. R.S.S. Disara Digitally Enhanced Disaster Preparedness Approach to Natural Disasters in Sri Lanka. 2022 Prof.(Ms) Udayangani Kulatunga
Ms. S.P.M. Dasandara Roadmap for Implementing Climate Change Adaptation in Sri Lanka 2022 Prof.(Ms) U. Kulatunga
Prof. Bingunath Ingirige
Ms. K.I. Ridmika Applicability of Artificial Intelligence Techniques for Effective Communication in Green Construction 2022 Dr.(Ms) M. Thayaparan
Ms. U.G.D. Madushika Energy and life cycle cost performance of green walls in Sri Lanka: A comparison of Green vs Conventional 2022 Dr.(Ms) Thanuja Ramachandra
Ms. L.N.K. Weerasinghe Characteristics of a Digital Platform for Supporting an Early Warning System for Dam Breaks in Sri Lanka 2022 Dr.(Ms) M. Thayaparan
Prof. Terrence Fernando


Name Title Supervisor(s)
Doctor of Philosophy
Ch.QS H.S. Jayasena Adoption of BIM in a BIM infant industry: Case of Sri Lanka Prof. (Mrs.) Chitra Wedikkara
Prof. (Mrs.) B.A.K.S. Perera
Dr. Niraj Thurairajah(Northumbria University, UK)
Mr. K.A.P. Gunawardhana Develop a framework to integrate sustainability into the public procurement process in construction industry Prof. (Mrs.) Y.G. Sandanayake
Dr. (Mrs.) Thilini Jayawickrama(University of South Australia, Australia)
Dr. (Mrs.) Gayani Karunasena(Deakin University, Australia)
Mrs. M.F.F. Fasna A framework for effective stakeholder management within the decision-making process of building energy efficiency retrofits (BEER) Dr. (Mrs.) Sachie Gunatilake
Prof. Andrew Ross(Liverpool John Moores University, UK)
Mr. J.K. Basnayake Development of a safety risk management framework for commercial LPG distribution system in Sri Lanka Dr. (Mrs.) Nayanthara De Silva
Ms. A.K.N.E. Rathnasiri Green maintenance approach to ensure health and safety of stakeholders of urban spaces Dr. (Mrs.) Nayanthara De Silva
Dr. Janaka Wijesundara(Department of Architecture, University of Moratuwa)
Mr. Fernando P.G. A Study on Legal and Regulatory Framework for Entertaining Unsolicited Proposals to Successfully Implement PPPs in Sri Lanka Dr. (Mrs.) Udayangani Kulatunga
Dr.(Ms) Menaha Thayaparan
Dr. (Mrs.) H. Chandanie
Ms. Mendis A.P.K.D. Inclusivity of Marginalised Communities During Post – Disaster Phase in Sri Lanka. Dr.(Ms) Menaha Thayaparan
Dr (Mrs) Yamuna Kaluarachchi
Mr. Jayasena H.A.E.C. Abstracting Standard Forms of Contracts to Support Contractual Decision Making Towards e – Construction Administration Prof.(Ms) Udayangani Kulatunga
Mrs. Wimalaratne P.L.I. Derive Suitable Procurement Strategy to Overcome Prevailing Procurement Challenges in Sri Lankan Construction Industry Prof.(Ms) Udayangani Kulatunga
Associate Professor Thayaparan Gajendran
Mr. Jayanetti J.K.D.D.T. Lean Maturity Model for Sri Lankan Construction Industry Prof. (Mrs.) B.A.K.S. Perera
Dr.(Ms) Anuradha Waidyasekara
Mrs. Gowsiga M. A Framework to enhance the sustainable performance of existing high-rise commercial buildings: A perspective of circular economy principles Dr.(Ms) Pournima Sridarran
    Dr.(Ms) Thanuja Ramachandra
Dr Niraj Thurairajah
Ms. Ruwanpura U.D.R.E. Lean integrated administrative reform for land acquisition process in Sri Lanka. Prof. Kanchana Perera
Dr.(Ms) Tharusha Ranadewa
Mr. Fernando M.L.S.S. Application of Agile Community for Disaster Management in Sri Lanka. Prof.(Ms) Udayangani Kulatunga
Dr.(Ms) Tharusha Ranadewa
Dr. Kaushal Keraminiyage (University of Salford)
Master of Philosophy
Ms. Withanage K.T. Developing a Circular Economy Model for Adaptive Reuse of Colonial Buildings in Sri Lanka. Dr.(Ms) Menaha Thayaparan
Ms. Madushika U.G.D. Feasibility Assessment of Green Wall Implementation in the Tropical Climate: A Multi Criteria-Based Approach Dr.(Ms) Thanuja Ramachandra
Ms. K.A. Gunasekara Management of Work Stress of Female Quantity Surveyors (FQSs) Working in the Construction Organisations Prof. Kanchana Perera
Ms. Veenadhi A.P.G.K. BIM - based Built Asset Information Management for Circular Economy. Dr.(Ms) Anuradha Waidyasekara
Ms. Perera B.K.C. Applicability of Agile Project Management on Building Information Modeling Implementation. Dr.(Ms) Anuradha Waidyasekara
MSc by Research
Mrs. N.B. Nanayakkara Teaching and Research Capacity of Built Environment Higher Education in Sri Lanka in the field of Disaster Resilience (DR) Dr. (Ms.) Menaha Thayaparan
Ms. Jayathilaka R.D.W.W. Unravelling contractual challenges and constraints faced by the construction industry in a pandemic situation: The case of COVID 19. Dr.(Ms) Anuradha Waidyasekara
Ms. Damsari A.G.U. Type of Assessments Required for Considering Disaster Risks and their Impacts During Urban Development Projects Dr. (Ms.) Menaha Thayaparan
Prof. Terrence Fernando
Ms. Weerakoon P.Y. Investigating the Contribution of Circular Economy Concept to Improve the Performance Standard used for Green Rating System for Built Environment in Sri Lanka Dr. (Ms.) Menaha Thayaparan
Ms. Nadeetharu B.K.M. An economic model to assess the impact of climate changes on sectors of the economy associated with the built environment Prof.(Ms) Udayangani Kulatunga
Prof. Bingunath Ingirige (University of Salford)
Mr. Victar H.C. Applicability of Circular Economy Practices to Enhance Sustainability in Waste Management of Sri Lankan Construction Industry Dr.(Ms) Anuradha Waidyasekara
Ms. Dasuni K. A. L. Application of green roofs to Sri Lankan buildings: A comparative study of an intensive green roof vs a conventional roof Dr.(Ms) Thanuja Ramachandra