Dr Kinkini Hemachandra is a Lecturer in Business at the Teesside University International Business School, Teesside University in Middlesbrough, UK. Prior to this appointment she served as a Researcher at the Global Disaster Resilience Centre (GDRC), School of Applied Sciences, University of Huddersfield. At the GDRC, she contributed in several research projects funded by the European Commission and the United Kingdom Research and Innovation.
Her recent work related to the Centre was with the research project called SECRA (Strengthening University Enterprise Collaborations for Resilience in Asia) which is funded by the Erasmus + Programme of the European Union with the aim of strenthening university enterprise collaborations for resileint communities in Asia. She also worked with another projet called BRITAE (Building Resilience in Tropical Agro-Ecosystems) which is also funded by the Erasmus + Programme of the European Union with the aim of developing joint curricula modules on building resilience in tropical agro ecosystem in Sri Lankan universities.
Earlier, Kinkini worked with a project on Integrating Epidemic and Pandemic Preparedness into Disaster Risk Reduction to provide insights on several critical problems that need to be better understood to improve epidemic and pandemic preparedness in Sri Lanka. The project was funded by the UK Research and Innovation scheme. Her previous works also included a project funded by the Erasmus + Programme of the European Union called CABARET- (Capacity Building in Asia for Resilience Education). The project extended for three years, 2017-2020. The project aimed in building capacities among higher education institutions in Asia (Region 6) strengthening research and innovation capacity for the development of societal resilience to disasters. In addition, Dr Kinkini engaged in another European Union funded project called ESPREssO (Enhancing Synergies for Disaster Prevention in the European Union).
Dr Kinkini completed her PhD under the supervision of Prof Dilanthi Amaratunga and Prof Richard Haigh, at the School of Applied Science, University of Huddersfield. Her PhD developed a framework for empowering women in disaster risk governance within the Sri Lankan disaster preparedness system.
Before starting the PhD programme at the University of Huddersfield, Kinkini completed two masters degrees; Master in Public Policy at the National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore and the Masters in Management, at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka. She has also completed a Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education (CTHE) programme, at the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. She is also a part finalists at the Institute of Chartered Accountant in Sri Lanka (ICASL).
She served as a Senior Lecture at the Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce, University of Sri Jayewardenepura in Sri Lanka since 2002. She is also a member of the South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE). She received a research grant to conduct a study on examining voluntary environmental practices within the textile and apparel industry in Sri Lanka in 2012.