University of Central Lancashire 

P2 UCLANUCLan is recognised as a world-class institution, by its inclusion in the 2010 QS World Rankings - the first Modern University in the UK to gain this status. Amongst its programme portfolio of some 500 undergraduate and 200+ postgraduate courses, UCLan is at the forefront of developing degrees in emerging disciplines. The University aims to create the perfect blend of knowledge and practical experience to equip its graduates with the confidence and skills they need to get ahead in the world of work. Not only are employability skills embedded into every degree course, but the sector-defining ‘futures’ careers and employability service offers help and advice, courses and work experience opportunities to help UCLan graduates’ CVs stand out from the pack. UCLan’s partnership network extends to 125 countries in North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australasia; it runs 100+ student exchange programmes.

UCLan currently employs over 2,300 permanent members of staff. UCLan has the global recognition of its peers, with a focus on applied research, including the identification of human remains in mass disasters, the development of new sign languages, and a variety of health-related research initiatives that are helping to change lives around the world. The University encourages and nurtures originality, from its ground-breaking energy management partnership with British Aerospace Marconi Electronic Systems (BAE Systems) to its launch of the world’s first International Fashion Institute and the UK’s first MBA in Fashion, to its proud record of student business start-ups – a sector-leading 60% of which are still thriving after three years. Research in innovation and performance is at the heart of this research within UCLan. As a result of this, it has been rated Top Modern University in the North West for the 6th year running by the ‘Good University Guide’ due to its encouragement and engagement with research relating creativity and entrepreneurial thinking and innovation.


Tallinn University of Technology

P6 TUTTallinn University of Technology (TUT) was established in 1918 and is the only university which focuses on engineering and technology in Estonia. As the principle provider of engineering- and technology-related graduates, it enjoys a unique connection with Estonian industry and an extensive network of alumni. It has a well-established engineering education tradition and has considerable experience, systems and facilities in place to support research cooperation with foreign universities and international student exchanges.

There are 13050 students at the university (among these 30% Masters’ and 6% PhD students). The total number of academic staff is 1147 and 13% of these are professors. The University implements many international projects under different funding programs. More information about TUT may be found on the university website:

The Department of Building Production of TUT is the department directly responsible for the implementation of the ASCENT project. Its main organisational functions include the fulfilment of part of the civil engineering curricula and carrying out construction-related research. It is a leading provider of higher education and research services to the Estonian construction industry not only in terms of full-time graduate courses but also through distance learning, lifelong learning and continuous professional development courses.

The Department has established long-term partnerships with construction and property organizations in Estonia and is an active partner in international universities’ networks. This ensures that research and education programs maintain close alignment to the current needs of the construction industry, and promotes improvements in industry practice through innovation. Department research field: simulation modelling of management strategies in construction, impact of climate change, disaster resilience, big data analytics, smart buildings, nearly-zero energy solutions, etc. For more information about the Department of Building Production, please visit the departmental website:


Vilnius Gediminas Technical University

P5 VGTUVilnius Gediminas Technical University (VGTU) is one of the biggest universities in Lithuania. VGTU is a member of over 50 international organisations and has over 200 partners consolidated by international projects. VGTU implements many international projects under different funding programmes, such as COST, EUREKA, FP-5, FP-6, FP-7, INTERREG IIIB, and PHARE. Curricula adjustments to meet labour market requirements and the quality assurance in studies are the main priorities in the development plan of VGTU. VGTU is a participant in the EU-Korea, EU-ALFA3 and the EU-Asia link projects. It was awarded the ECTS label in 2006 and the E-Quality Label of European National Agencies in 2007. The Department of Construction Economics and Property Management (CEPM) is committed to developing web-based intelligent, biometric and computer learning systems for real-world applications in construction and real estate. The department focuses its research on multi-variant decision support systems in construction, health and safe house, energy efficiency, climate change, online artificial intelligence technologies, e-city, and big data analytics. The department is active in R&D projects and is currently involved in 10 different projects in the EU, Africa, Asia and at home (COST, FP-5, FP-6, FP-7, TEMPUS, LLP, Intelligent Energy Europe programme). The department is a TEMPUS project coordinator. In the course of these projects, the department has contributed to the scientific community in the last three years 20 articles published in ISI Web of Science journals.


Mid Sweden University

P4 MSUThe Risk and Crisis Research Centre (RCR) at Mid Sweden University is committed to conducting top quality research on risk, crisis, safety and security from a social and societal perspective. Since 2004 we have pursued excellence in research and education. Additionally, we have co-produced cutting edge knowledge and innovations with external partners. In 2017 we are launching the first Nordic simulation centre for crisis management, the RCR Crisis Lab.

RCR comprises about 20 researchers and 10 doctoral students from a wide range of disciplines including sociology, political science, computer science, engineering and law. Our extensive international network includes hundreds of partners and colleagues.

Learn more about the centre, the crisis lab and our bi-annual conference, the Åre Risk Event, at

Mid Sweden University (MIUN) is a Swedish state university located in the geographical middle of the country with campuses in the cities of Östersund and Sundsvall. We create opportunities through openness, personal attention to our students, and diversity. Education has close connections to high quality research, the community of prospective employers, and community outreach.

MIUN employs about 1.000 people and educates more than 13.000 students annually. The university has many strategic international partnerships, both in general terms and in specific fields of research and education. Mobility and exchanges for teachers, researchers, administrative staff and students are important and the university welcomes visiting academic staff and the contribution they make to the degree programs and curriculum development.


Lund University

P3 LundThe Division of Risk Management and Societal Safety was established 1 January 2014 prior to when it was part of the Department of Fire Safety Engineering and System Safety. The Division plays an important role for several educational programmes at Lund University, on bachelor, master and PhD level, by being responsible for several key courses in the programmes. More specifically, the division manages three programmes on master level, i.e. the MSc in Risk Management and Systems Engineering, the MSc in Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation, and the MSc in Human Factors and Systems Safety. In addition, the division also offers learning laboratories and short courses for practitioners.

Research at the Division of Risk Management and Societal Safety is focused on how people, organisations and societies deal with events that might threaten something of value. We study both how such events themselves are managed (during an emergency/crisis) and how risk is managed (before the events). Even though the contexts in which the research is conducted are diverse, and the problems studied might vary considerably, a key aspect that characterises them all is the presence, and importance, of uncertainty. Uncertainty, in the present context, stems from the fact that we cannot fully know what will happen in the future. However, a key assumption in risk management is that our actions today may influence future outcomes in a positive way. Thus, despite considerable uncertainty we may do actions today that result in a better outcome tomorrow. 

Studying how various stakeholders deal with aspects relevant for risk management and societal safety provides important knowledge on how systems (including social systems) work. However, the ultimate goal for the research conducted at the division is for it to contribute to solving practical problems. Therefore, a considerable part of the research conducted can also be classified as normative, or design research. The main difference compared to more traditional descriptive research is that it explicitly includes suggestions on how one should deal with various practical problems in the area of risk management and societal safety. International co-operation with other universities and organisations is central to the work at the division.


University of Moratuwa

P7 MoratuwaThe University of Moratuwa Sri Lanka is an independent state university located at Katubedda, Moratuwa overlooking the picturesque Bolgoda Lake. It was established as the University of Moratuwa (UoM), Sri Lanka on 22 December 1978 under the Universities Act No.16 of 1978 and operates under the general direction of the University Grants Commission. However, its origin can be traced back to the Government Technical School (GTS) which was established in Maradana, Colombo in 1893.


  • Academic Staff (Permanent) 317
  • Academic Staff (Contract) 51
  • Academic Support Staff (Permanent) 30
  • Academic Support Staff (Contract) 6
  • Administrative Staff 28

University of Moratuwa, consists of three Faculties namely, Architecture, Engineering and Information Technology with nineteen (19) academic departments offering eleven (11) Bachelors degree programs to students selected by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and fifty six (56) postgraduate programs together with MSc, Phil & PhD research-based postgraduate degrees. The University has an undergraduate student population of 7687, and 1050 NDT Diploma students of the Institute of Technology of University of Moratuwa the ITUM. These student numbers encompass 1517 undergraduate students admitted in February 2014 and another batch of 1609 students was admitted in October 2014 from 2013 A/L batch catching up with some time despite severe space constraints. It must be highlighted that the University has been increasing the annual intake of students over 75% overall and 200% in the IT Faculty during the last ten years to meet the increasing demand for our degree programs and thereby catering the human resource development of our nation.


Social Policy Analysis and Research Centre (SPARC), University of Colombo 

P8 ColomboThe Social Policy Analysis and Research Centre (SPARC) of the Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo, provides a focal point within the Sri Lankan University system to integrate research, teaching, training, policy analysis and advocacy on critical areas of social and economic development. The centre facilitates close collaboration between academics and institutions outside of the University system, including governmental as well as non-governmental agencies that are dealing with issues related to social policy.

The establishment of SPARC culminates through a process that was set in motion at the University of Colombo several years back with the launching of the “Improving Capacities for Poverty and Social Policy Research” (IMCAP) in late 2000; a staff and student development programme to strengthen skills of young academics from social science backgrounds on poverty and social policy analysis and research.

The programme has also implemented various research activities with active involvement of younger staff members from different departments within the Faculty of Arts. Significant studies have been undertaken on poverty, alienation of youth, urban housing, education, social and economic security and conflict impact assessment.


University of Ruhuna

P9 RuhunaUniversity of Ruhuna is one of the leading Universities in Sri Lanka functioning since 1978. It’s vision to be the prime intellectual thrust of the nation. It is a multi-campus University with 8 faculties scattered in Southern provincial Cities of Matara ( Faculties of Science, Humanities and Social sciences, Marine Resources ) Galle ( Faculties of Medicine and Engineering ) and in Mapalana, Kambutupitiya ( faculty of Agriculture ). During the 38 years of the existence , university has expanded its horizons to be an entrepreneurial University, by developing and upgrading teaching, research and extension programs through international collaboration with many higher educational institutions around the world and linking with reputed industries.


Department of Disaster Science and Management, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

P12 DhakaThe department of Disaster Science & Management at The University of Dhaka was established in 2012 with an aim to promote symbiosis of scientific knowledge & indigenous practices to materialize the paradigm shift of international disaster management in Bangladesh. University of Dhaka, one of the top 100 universities in Asia, is the oldest and largest university in Bangladesh. It has nearly 33,000 students and 1800 faculty members. The main purpose of the University is to create new areas of knowledge and disseminate this knowledge for the grater welfare of society. The Department of Disaster Science and Management under the faculty of Earth & Environmental Sciences is one of the emerging departments of this university.

Bangladesh is one of the disaster prone countries of the world and it faces several types of hazards every year. Despite the relentless progress in poverty reduction and balanced economic growth for a decade, development of the country remains in face of severe threats from natural disasters. According to conservative estimations of UNISDR, annually 14 percent of GDP of Bangladesh gets exposed to disasters. The country has suffered an annual loss of 1.8% of the GDP due to natural disasters. The economic loss from disasters, as the research findings of Asian Development Bank (ADB) has demonstrated, will rise to 2% of GDP by 2050 and 9% by the end of this century. Therefore it is a matter of utmost concern of adopting and applying science and technology based programs for disaster management of Bangladesh.


BRAC University

P13 BRACPostgraduate Programs in Disaster Management (PPDM) comprising of certificate, diploma and master's degree programs runs as a semi-autonomous program within BRAC University with a link under the Department of Architecture. The certificate is a 1-semester course; on completion of another semester a diploma is obtained. There is also the option of obtaining a master's degree by completing a dissertation in additional 1-2 semesters. Students are currently doing their master degree programs instead of certificate or diplomas.

BRAC University is one of the very few academic institutions around the world and the first in the region to offer formal academic programs in disaster management. The Postgraduate Programs in Disaster Management (PPDM) was initiated in Fall 2005 with a view to creating qualified professionals in this nationally and internationally significant field. This is a modular program (diploma and master’s degree) with a progressively higher level of academic aptitude. Nearly 100 students have been awarded the Master in Disaster Management degree while more than one hundred students completed Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma courses. The participants in the certificate program are mostly government and NGO officials involved in disaster management related activities while students pursuing Master degrees include other professionals and fresh graduates as well. Graduates from PPDM are well-placed mostly in various national and international development organizations where, in many instances, they have secured their placements before their graduation.


Patuakhali Science and Technology University

P14 PSTUThe university is situated at the south-western part of Bangladesh. Commencing from the Patuakhali Agricultural College, PSTU was inaugurated by Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister, Government of the Peoples’ Republic of Bangladesh on 8 July 2000, and started its academic activities on February 26, 2002. PSTU has given affiliation to the Barisal Government Veterinary College as its constituent faculty. This is the only science and technological university in Barisal division. The PSTU campus is at Dumki Upazila under Patuakhali district. It is about 15 kilometers north from Patuakhali district town. Being the only university in the Barisal division, PSTU was established primarily to facilitate easy access to quality higher education to a populace who had been deprived of this precious right for a very long time since the independence of Bangladesh.

In addition to producing graduates who are highly regarded in the job market, its focus is, therefore, also directed towards creating new knowledge and innovative minds. We are striving to instill the sense of right interests, attitude, morale and intellect in our students so that they are equipped with the best knowledge, skills, competence and attitude that they can utilize for their individual betterment and the prosperity of the society in general.
 Nevertheless, it is gradually advancing towards its goal to transform PSTU into a universally recognized Centre of Excellence.


Western Sydney University


UWS is a vibrant, modern university, located in one of the fastest growing regions in Australia – Greater Western Sydney, which is home to over 2 million people. UWS has over 43,000 students and 3,000 staff across nine campuses. The University has been named one of the world's best 100 universities under the age of 50, ranking 56th in the influential Times Higher Education rankings.

The 100 Under 50 list is a complement to the annual Times Higher Education World University rankings, where the University of Western Sydney was named in the top two per cent of the world's best universities in October 2014. Seventy per cent of the University's research in the last Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment was named as "world standard" or above.



International Institute for Infrastructure Resilience and Reconstruction (IIIRR)

IIIRRThe International Institute for Infrastructure Resilience and Reconstruction (IIIRR) is a multi-university international consortium which provides overall leadership in research, education, planning, design and implementation for natural disaster related mitigation, resilience enhancement, and reconstruction projects.International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment. 

The IIIRR group of interdisciplinary experts includes those who serve as the facilitators for social development, industrial and economic growth as well as environmental preservation through infrastructure development. Innovative and socially responsible projects inspired via internal synergies of the IIIRR will lead to rapid development and improved quality of life. By providing stewardship in infrastructural rebuilding efforts, the IIIRR also creates a common platform for discussion and collaboration among diverse entities such as government, the corporate sector, NGOs and universities, each having specific but diverse goals and priorities.



University of Peradeniya


The University of Peradeniya is a state university in Sri Lanka, funded by the University Grants Commission. It was established as the University of Ceylon in 1942. The University of Peradeniya hosts nine faculties (including the newly added Management faculty), two postgraduate institutes, 10 centres, 73 departments, and teaches about 11,000 students in the fields of Medicine, Agriculture, Arts, Science, Engineering, Dental Sciences, Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science, Management and Allied Health Science. University of Peradeniya strives to offer globally recognized knowledge and education to knowledge seekers at undergraduate, postgraduate and non-graduate levels and deliver education, training and research programs by conducting professional and curriculum-based teaching and learning and conduct high quality research for national, regional and global needs whilst maintaining highest levels of efficiency, effectiveness, integrity and transparency in contributing to the development of a knowledge-based society.



Federation of Sri Lankan Local Government Authorities

FSLGAFSLGA is an affiliated body of the Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF), the International City & County Managers Association (ICMA) and the United Cities and Local Government (UCLG). The president of FSLGA is currently the board director of the CLGF for the Asia region and Commonwealth Asia Pacific (ASPAC) region of the UCLG.

Driven by the passion of serving the people, the three independent associations constituted by the leaders of Local Authorities in Sri Lanka National Chapter of Mayors, United Urban Council Associations and All Island Pradeshiya Sabha Chairmen's association established the Federation of Sri Lankan Local Government Authorities as the umbrella organization for the three associations on 27 May 2007.