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Niranjani Premila Kumari Semananda

Country of origin: Sri Lanka Currently in: Sri Lanka, Panadura General field of specialization: Engineering sciences
Academic Background


2017 Doctorate Engineering sciences
Research and Profession

Current Research Activities

Engineering sciences

Rainwater harvesting for sustainable water resources Construction waste management - recycled concrete Agricultural waste management - potential use of Rice Husk Ash (RHA) as a building material Thermal comfort

Publications resulting from Research: 

• Semananda, N.P.K, ‘Circular Economy and Sustainability: The Role of Educators, Researchers, and Policymakers’, Feature Article, ITUM News, Vol. 5(1), Jan.-Jun.,2022, ISSN 2630-7804, Institute of Technology, University of Moratuwa, Diyagama.
• Semananda, N.P.K, Hewa, G, ‘Estimation of low flow statistics for Sustainable Water Re-sources Management in South Australia’, Hydrology, 2022, 9, 152.
• Semananda, N.P.K, Ward, J.D, Myers, B.R, ‘Assessing Reliability of Recycled Water in Wicking Beds for Sustainable Urban Agriculture', Earth, 2021, 2, 468–484.
• Semananda, NPK, Ward, JD & Myers, BR, (2020), ‘Experimental investigation of wicking bed irrigation using shallow‑rooted crops grown under glasshouse conditions', Irrigation Science (Springer Nature), 38, 117-129.
• Semananda, N.P.K, Ward, J.D, Myers, B.R, (2018), ‘A semi-systematic review of capillary irrigation: the benefits, limitations and opportunities', Horticulture, vol. 4, no.23, pp.15. doi:10.3390/horticulturae4030023.
• Semananda, N.P.K., Ward, J.D. & Myers, B.R. (2016), 'Evaluating the efficiency of wicking bed irrigation systems for small-scale urban agriculture', Horticulture, vol. 2, no.13, pp.18. doi:10.3390/horticulturae2040013.

Conference Proceedings/Research presentations::
• Semananda, N.P.K., Ward, J.W, Myers, B.R 2015, 'A sustainable irrigation system to increase water use efficiency in small-scale urban agriculture', International Conference on Sustainable Water Management (SWM), 29 Nov to 03 Dec., 2015, Perth, Western Australia
• Research presentation at the Goyder Institute for Water Research Seminar series, May 2015
• Research presentation at CWMR monthly presentation series, University of South Australia, November 2015
• Semananda, N.P.K. & Hewa, G. 2011, 'Assessing low flow potential of South Australia for sustainable water resources management', 4th ASCE-EWRI International Perspective on Water Resources and the Environment (IPWE2011), 4-6 January, 2011, National University of Singapore, Singapore.

Current profession

Current professional activities type: 
• Project Supervisor (student projects) – Project Modules (Project I and II) • Member – Research Committee • Editor/Editorial committee member – Annual Research Symposium, Research Unit, ITUM • Moderator — Building Technology I and II Modules • Examiner & Supervisor – End-semester examinations • Peer reviewer - MDPI Journals - Agronomy, sustainability, water, Hydrology

Workshop and Conference Attended

2011 Singapore 4th ASCE-EWRI International Perspective on Water Resources and the Environment (IPWE2011)
2015 Perth, Western Australia International Conference on Sustainable Water Management (SWM)


Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka (IESL)
Engineering Council Sri Lanka (ECSL)
Engineering New Zealand, New Zealand
Prizes, Grants and Awards

Other Awards

Sep 2012
Australia Awards
Australian government funded Award was received to follow a PhD degree in Australia.

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