IHE-Delft Institute for Water Education , associate professor, Flood Resilience Group
Assela Pathirana is a Civil Engineer and hydrologist originating from Sri Lanka. He holds Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering from University of Peradeniya Sri Lanka and Masters (1998) and Doctoral (2001) degrees in Civil Engineering, specialising in hydrology and water resources engineering, from Tokyo University. He leads the research programme on Water Sensitive Cities of the Flood Resilience Core Group (FRG). He is engaged in a multi-disciplinary research programme that involves water quantity, quality and sanitation issues as well as societal and economic aspects of urban and peri-urban development.
Assela has been working on flood modelling, hazard/risk management in rapidly changing urban environments, particularly in the context of rapidly growing cities in the developing countries and has developed an adaptation framework that is expected to overcome their adaptation challenges.