Dr Sarath Mataraarachchi

Sustainable Built Environment, Smart Cities

Bachelor of Science Hons - University of Colombo

Graduate diploma in Urban and Regional Planning - Queensland University of Technology

Master of sustainable Built Environment - University of New South Wales

Doctor of Philosophy in Architecture - University of Queensland

+61 2 9385 4597
Research Activities: 

The role of Smart cities in reduction of inequality in the global South. 

Community cohesion in disaster recovery process - the case of flood affected low income communities on the banks of river Kelani in Colombo Sri Lanka

Sustainable infrastructure and poverty reduction in Pacific Island countries

Educating the sustainable Infrastructure professional - challenges, gaps and opportunities

Problem-based Learning - Best Practice


2016 - Built Environment Learning & Teaching Initiative: the BE Course Design Competition/Blended Learning

2017 - Institute for Global Development Seed Funding: Developing sustainable infrastructure, poverty reduction and wellbeing through capacity building in Pacific island countries.

2017 - Researchstart Grant: Social cohesion, resilience and informal urbanism across communities along Kelani River basin in Colombo (with Professor David Sanderson)

2017 - Scholarship of Learning and Teaching (SOLT ): Educating the sustainable infrastructure professional: Gaps, opportunities and challenges

2017/18 - Inspired Learning Initiative: Digital uplifting of an elective course

2018 - Education Focus Foundation Funding project: Construction/Design Manual: design strategies in the selection, organization, assembly and maintenance of materials in architecture (with Dr John Gamble)

2018 - Education Focus Foundation Funding project: Group Projects and Problem Based Learning (PBL) - Adopting best practice in our teaching





Supervision Area: 

Social housing tenants and low carbon living

Repair, maintenance and upgrading and sustainability

Infrastructure and sustainability of the city

Community cohesion and disaster resilience

Sustainable Infrastruture and poverty reduction in developing countries (Pacific Island countries in particular)

Journal articles

Mataraarachchi S, 2003, 'Professional development vs development of a profession', Housing Works, vol. 1

Conference Papers

Liu E; Judd B; Mataraarachchi S, 2016, 'Carbon reduction programs and lower income households in Australian cities', in Procedia Engineering, Elsevier: Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No-Derivatives License, Sydney, pp. 1541 - 1550, presented at International High-Performance Built Environment Conference – A Sustainable Built Environment Conference 2016 Series, Sydney, 17 November 2016 - 17 November 2016,

Conference Presentations

Judd B; Liu EY; Mataraarachchi S, 2016, 'Barriers to Low Carbon Living for Low-income Older Australians', presented at European Network for Housing Research, Belfast, 28 June 2016 - 01 July 2016

Mataraarachchi S, 2003, 'Innovation in Urban Transformation: Community Action Planning in Public Housing Estates in Sydney', presented at State of Australian Cities National Conference 2003, Carlton Hotel, Parramatta, 03 December 2003 - 05 December 2003,


Liu EY; Judd B; Mataraarachchi S, 2017, RP3038 Final Project Report: Lower income barriers to low carbon living - Policy pathways to addressing barriers, Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living, Sydney,

Mataraarachchi SK, 1991, Housing Issues of the Murri People of Kurilpa, Musgrave Park Corporation, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Creative Written Works

Mataraarachchi S, 2009, Counting the cost of Pollution, Housing Works, Blaszczyk M, (ed.)

Mataraarachchi S, 2009, From devastation hope and a new beginning are born, Blasszczyk M, (ed.), Australasian Housing Institute