Ranjith Perera

Region of Interest

South Asia

Primary Country of Residence



Assistant Professor


Asian Institute of Technology



Mailing Address

Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok
Urban Environmental Management Program
PO Box 4, Klong Luang
Pathumthani 12120, Thailand

Phone/Fax Number(s)

phone: 66/2-5246264
fax: 66/2-5162126



Countries of Specialization

Sri Lanka

Research Interests

Dr. Perera is from Sri Lanka. He is an architect-planner by profession. He
received his qualifications in architecture from the University of
Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. His qualifications in urban planning are from the
Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok. He obtained his PhD in Urban
Environmental Management from AIT in 1994. He was a British Commonwealth
Fellow at the Commonwealth Association of Architects, London, and a
Fulbright Post-doctoral Fellow at the University of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
Dr. Perera has 21 years of experience as an architect, urban planner,
project manager, researcher and an academic in several institutions in Sri
Lanka, Thailand and USA. He also has project experience in Sri Lanka,
India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, China, Cambodia
and Lao PDR. His present interests in research and project work are on
community-based urban environmental management and eco-sensitive planning
and design of urban settlements. Dr. Perera is very conversant with South
Asian and South-east Asian issues pertaining to urban environment in
general and urban built-environment in particular.

Teaching Interests

Dr. Ranjith Perera is a full time faculty member of the Asian Institute of
Technology (AIT), in Bangkok, Thailand where he is attached to the Urban
Environmental Management (UEM) Field of Study in the School of
Environment, Resources and Development. He is teaching post-graduate level
courses on Urban Environmental Management Systems, Urban Planning, and
Urban Environmental Design at AIT. In addition to his academic
responsibilities, he is responsible to co-manage the UN-Habitat sponsored
Urban Management Program (UMP-Asia), and coordinate demonstration projects
component of the CIDA Sponsored South-east Asia Urban Environmental
Management Applications Project (SEA-UEMA).


a. Books and monographs

1. Perera, L.A.S.R. & Amin, A.T.M.N. (1993). The Two Decades of Informal
Sector Studies: A bibliography, HSD Reference Material No.27, Bangkok:
Asian Institute of Technology, Pp.106

2. Perera, L.A.S.R. & Amin, A.T.M.N. (1993). The Second Decade of Informal
Sector Studies: An Annotated Bibliography, HSD Reference Material No.28,
Bangkok, Asian Institute of Technology, Pp. 156

3. Perera, L.A.S.R (1994). Accommodating Informal Sector Enterprises in
the Urban Built Environment, HSD Monograph No.36, Bangkok: Asian Institute
of Technology, Pp.140

4. Perera, L.A.S.R. & Paranagamage, I.P.D.H. eds. (1995). Traffic
Congestion at Sigiriya: The Problems and Design Solutions, Moratuwa:
Department of Architecture, University of Moratuwa

5. Perera, Ranjith & Pradhan, Pravakar eds., (2004). Endogenous
Development for Sustainable Multi-habitations in Asian Cities, Bangkok:
Asian Institute of Technology & Toyo University, Japan

b. Book chapters

1. Perera, L.A.S.R. (1999). "Guidelines for Mitigating Damages to
Dwellings in Flood Prone Areas", in Karunaratne, G. ed. Guidelines for
Construction in Disaster Prone Areas, Colombo: National Building Research
Organization, pp. 1-14

2. Perera, L.A.S.R. (2003). "Strategic Planning Approach for Urban
Environmental Management at the Local Government Level", in Gosh, A. eds.,
Urban Environment Management: Local Government and Community Action, New
Delhi: Institute of Social Sciences & Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, pp.224-243

c. Refereed journal articles: national, regional, international

1. Perera, L.A-S.R. & Amin, A.T.M.N. (1995) "Feasibility of Accommodating
Informal Sector Enterprises in Local Government Areas: A Case Study of
Colombo, Sri Lanka", Regional Development Dialogue, Vol.16, No.2,

2. Perera, L.A.S.R. & Amin, A.T.M.N. (1996). "Accommodating the Informal
Sector: A Strategy for Urban Environmental Management", Journal of
Environmental Management, Vol.46, No.l, pp.3-15

3. Perera, L.A.S.R. & Ranasinghe, S.K. (1997). "Utilization of Energy and
Architecture-Lighting Relationship", The Open University Review of
Engineering Technology, Vol.3, No. 1, pp.31-36

4. Ranasinghe, S. & Perera, L.A.S.R. (1999). "Harnessing Natural Light for
Energy Efficiency in Buildings", Built-Environment Sri Lanka, Vol. 1, No.
1, pp. 12-18

5. Perera, L.A.S.R. & Wickramasinghe, N.(2001). "Rational Use of Glass in
Tropical Urban Climatic Conditions", Built-Environment Sri Lanka, Vol.2,
No.1, pp.45-52

6. Perera, L.A.S.R. (2002). "Vernacular Nuances in the Post-colonial
Architecture of Sri Lanka", Architexts, Vol.2, No.2, pp.15-21

7. Perera, R. (2003). "Problems and prospects of utilizing canal
banks to enhance the built-environment in Colombo", Built-Environment Sri
Lanka, Vol.3, No.2, pp.75-81

8. Pornchokchai, S. & Perera, R. (2003). "Housing Market in Bangkok After
the Economic Crisis of 1997: Lessons Learnt from the Perspective of
Housing Developers", Journal of Financial Management of Property and
Construction, Vol.8, No.3, pp.

9. Pornchokchai, S. & Perera, R. (2004). "Housing Speculation in Bangkok:
Lessons for Emerging Economies", Habitat International, (accepted for

10. Viratkapan, V., Perera, R. & Watanabe, S. (2004). "Factors
Contributing to the Development Performance of Slum Relocation Projects in
Bangkok", International Development Planning Review, (accepted for

12. Viratkapan, V., Perera, R. & Watanabe, S. (2004). "Slum Evictions and
Relocations in The Bangkok Metropolitan Region During 1984-1995", Habitat
International, (accepted for publication)


Informal sector ; environment ; architecture ; Housing ; Disaster preparedness ; Strategic Planning