Chathuranganee Jayakody Ranmalsingha Rajakaruna Jayakodilage


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I am a Senior Tutor in Planning and Environmental Management at the School of Environment Education and Development (SEED), Faculty of Humanities. Large part of my current role includes teaching in the area of Urban planning, Neighbourhood Planning, infrastructure planning and supervising master’s Dissertations in Planning, Urban Design, Global Urban Development and Urban Regeneration & Development. Before joining the University of Manchester, I was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Huddersfield and a research member of the Global Disaster Resilience Centre. As the post-doctoral researcher, I worked in a collaborative research project called REGARD (REbuildinG AfteR Displacement) which explored the built environment perspective of displacement. Apart from that, I taught modules related to Planetary Urbanisation, urban planning and disaster resilience at the department of Geography, University of Huddersfield. I was also a tutor at School of Architecture, Manchester Metropolitan University for two modules; Cities and Urbanism, and Research Methods and events. I have worked in the Planning Control and Building control department at Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council.

I completed my PhD in ‘Architecture and the Built Environment’ at the University of Huddersfield and my thesis was titled, ‘Planning and designing public open spaces (POS) as a strategy to enhance coastal cities’ resilience to Tsunamis in Sri Lanka’. I completed my master’s degree in Urban Design at the University of Salford, UK. I graduated from the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka with a first-class honours degree in Town and Country planning. 


40812 Neighbourhood Planning 2021-22 2nd Semester

42002 Infrastructure Planning 2021-22 2nd Semester


PhD, MSc, BSc (Hons)

Research interests

Planning and designing Sustainable Shared Spaces and Public Open Spaces

Built environment perspective of displacement

Urban planning and urban designing interventions for disaster resilience

Supervision information

  • Dissertation Title: Influences of community institutions outside of Neighbourhood Planning and their utility to planning in the UK: a look at Community Interest Companies (MSc Planning)
  • Dissertation Title: Burnage’s Local Community Perceptions on Green Infrastructure within Cringle Park, Burnage (MSc Planning)
  • Dissertation Title: Investigating approaches to ensuring distributive justice of urban green space in areas of socio-economic deprivation and ethnic diversity. (MSc Planning)
  • Dissertation Title: The Land and Development in Buckshaw Village and how it is Responding to Strategies in the Local Plan, and the Changes Made from the Original Vision (MSc Planning)
  • Dissertation Title: Study of strategies for creating public space for all in the perspective of neighbourhood units (MSc Urban Design and International Planning)
  • Dissertation Title: Study on the importance of walkability to the construction of age-friendly cities: Comparative with London (specific to neighbourhood) and one other (MSc Urban Design and International Planning)
  • Dissertation Title: Revitalization strategy of spatial vitality of informal public space - sampled by Shenzhen Urban Villages ;Nantou ancient city & Baishizhou (MSc Urban Design and International Planning)
  • Dissertation Title: The role and impact of green infrastructure in enhancing the planning of linear urban spatial systems (MSc Urban Design and International Planning)
  • Dissertation Title: The Effects of the Neighbourhood Environment on Mental Health of Adults: A Case Study in Shanghai, China (MSc Global Urban Development & Planning)
  • Dissertation Title: Enablers and Barriers to delivery through local planning in England (MSc Planning Nature Recovery Networks)
  • Dissertation Title: Developing a framework for assessment of the environmental determinants of walkability for Shanghai. (MSc Urban Design and International Planning)
  • Dissertation Title: In the perspective of spatial justice, analysing the accessibility and the important factors in making public green spaces equitable and inclusive. (MSc Planning)
  • Dissertation Title: A study of environmental place planning for age-friendly public space in a specific area (MSc Global Urban Development & Planning)
  • Dissertation Title: Research on the factors influencing satisfaction with neighbourhood communication based on community green open space (MSc Global Urban Development & Planning)
  • Dissertation Title: Spatial Turning and Strategic Choice of Urban Informality Governance - A Case Study of Cities in the Pearl River Delta Region of China (MSc Urban Regeneration & Development)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, PhD in Built Environment and Architecture, The University of Huddersfield


Award Date: 8 Jun 2019

Master in Science, MSc Urban Design, The University of Salford


Award Date: 12 Jun 2012

Bachelor of Science, BSc (Hons) Town and Country Planning, University of Moratuwa


Award Date: 2 Apr 2009

Areas of expertise

  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Urban Design
  • Displacement
  • Resettlement


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