Champika is currently working as a Professor in Facilities Management in the School of Engineering. She is also the Co-director of the Centre for Sustainable Transitions at the University of Central Lancashire. Champika is a Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Champika is also actively involved in a wide array of research relating to sustainability; facilities and infrastructure management; and capacity building in disaster resilience. She is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Built Environment Project and Asset Management (BEPAM) Journal.
Champika carries out many key roles within the school. She is the Research Degree Tutor within the Civil Engineering and Construction (CCE) side of the School of Engineering. As part of this role, she is responsible for recruiting and managing PhD students in CCE. Champika is also the MSc Dissertation Coordinator within CCE, where she supports, guides and manages MSc students (both in UCLan main campus and in the University of Central Lancashire Mauritius) in Project Management and Construction Project Management courses. Champika is the Chair of the Athena Swan Self-Assessment Team (SAT) set up for the School of Engineering. She is also carrying out necessary REF activities to support her respective REF lead.
Champika is committed to producing diverse research excellence that will have a powerful impact on the wider world including work that has direct relevance to the needs of industry, and to the public and voluntary sectors. Champika has been consistently successful in obtaining funding, mainly European funding from sources such as EU COST (European Coorperation in Science and Technology), FP7, Horizon 2020 and ERASMUS+. Either as a PI or Co-I, she is currently involved in or have successfully completed nearly 15 externally funded research projects and over 30 internally funded research projects. Her strategy to attract funding has been to create interdisciplinary links both internally and externally (i.e. nationally, regionally, and internationally). As part of this strategy, internally at the University of Central Lancashire, she has created strong links with members of the Institute of Citizenship, Society and Change (ICSC), Centre for Sustainable Transitions (CST) and Centre for Global Challenges (C4Globe).
Nationally, she has strong on-going collaborations with the University of Huddersfield and University of Salford, which have led many successful external research grants, e.g. ASCENT - Advancing Skills Creation for Enhancing Transformation; CASADE - Collaborative Action towards Societal Challenges through Awareness, Development and Education; CABARET - Capacity Building in Asia for Resilience EducaTion and REGARD - Rebuilding After Displacement.
Regionally, she has collaborated with many European Universities such as University of Aegean (Greece), University of Twente (Netherlands) and Trondheim University (Norway), which has also led to successful grants such as; e.g. EU COST networking project on Public Private Partnerships – Trends and Theory (P3T3); and Horizon 2020 – BENEFIT project (Business Models for Enhancing Funding and Enablig Financing for Infrastructure in Transport).
Internationally, I have collaborated with many Asian partners from Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines, Maldives, Myanmar, Thailand, Bangladesh and Vietnam; which has led to externally funded projects such as BRITAE (Building Resilience in Tropical Agro-Ecosystems).
She has published over 150 articles; and many are SCOPUS/ISI ranked journals in the built environment field. All of these articles are a result of her externally or internally funded projects findings. Therefore, the quality of her scholarly outputs is high as they emanate from evidence-based, empirical research activities. Over the years she has steadily created a strong external research profile. She is an Associate Editor of the Built Environment Project and Asset Management journal (BEPAM) journal since 2015.
She is also a Member of the Editorial Advisory Board and Reviewer since 2014 in Internatinoal Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Envionment (IJDRBE), which is the leading international academic journal on disaster resilience for building and construction.
She has also acted as the external examiner for more than 35 PhD students in different Universities in the UK (e.g. University of Salford, Coventry University, Brighton University, Liverpool John Moores University, and Northumbria University) and globally (University of Auckland, New Zealand; UiTM, Malaysia; The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa; and Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain).