Perera SPrior to joining Northumbria I was the Course Director leading the Quantity Surveying group at University of Ulster in Northern Ireland from 2003 to 2009. During this period I was actively involved in research and teaching & learning activities of the school; promoting the profile of the school and quantity surveying profession. I was an active member of the Built Environment Research Institute of the University of Ulster.
In 1991 he graduated as a Quantity Surveyor with first class honours (Overall Top Student award) from the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. Since then he has worked as a consultant quantity surveyor, project manager and as an academic in quantity surveying. He received the prestigious Commonwealth Academic Staff Scholarship for postgraduate studies and came to UK in 1993 for his master and doctoral studies at the University of Salford. Upon successful completion of his masters (Overall Top Student Award) and doctoral studies in 1997 he re-joined University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka where as a senior academic lead the BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying programme to Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and Australian Instutute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) accreditations. He was the Course Director for the MSc Project Management programme conducted by the University of Moratuwa until he joined University of Ulster in 2003.
In 1997 he was elected as the Honorary Secretary of the Institute of Quantity Surveyors Sri Lanka and held the post till my departure to the UK in 2003. During this period he was actively involved in promoting the Quantity Surveying profession in Sri Lanka and was an active member of the Organisation of Professional Associations (OPA) and the Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors (PAQS). From 2003, He re-joined the RICS and was actively involved with the activities of the RICS Northern Ireland promoting quantity surveying education within the region.
In 2000, he received HE Presidential Award for internationally recognised academic publications awarded by Her Excellency the President of Sri Lanka for research publication with high citation index. During his period at University of Ulster, he was actively involved in research and was a core member of the Built Environment Research Institute (BERI) where he successfully supervised several doctoral candidates as well as being an internal & external examiner for doctoral studies.
Presently, he serve(d) as the external examiner for the MSc Quantity Surveying programmes at London South Bank University, Kingston University and University of Salford, and Bachelors programmes at Robert Gordon University, Letterkenny Institute of Technology in Ireland, Bolton University in UK and University of Mauritius. He has also been an external examiner for award of PhDs as well as served in several programme accreditation and validation panels for various universities and professional bodies.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
- Construction e-Business: e-procurement, knowledge-based systems, applications of artificial intelligence techniques, information modelling
- Sustainability: economics of sustainability, carbon estimating & management, low carbon technologies
- Construction Economics: whole life costing, risk management, value management, cost modelling, multi-criteria decision making, cost benefit analysis, applications in disaster management, building resilience
- Commercial Management: contracts management, innovation management
- Construction Education & Professional Development.