Professor Harshinie Karunarathna

Professor, Civil Engineering

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792 606549
Office - 112
First Floor
Energy Safety Research Institute
Bay Campus

Research Institutes

Available For Postgraduate Supervision


Prof. Harshinie Karunarathna is a personal chair in coastal engineering in the Department of Civil Engineering of the Faculty of Science and Engineering. The primary focus of her research is coastal and estuarine hydro-morphodynamics and climate change impacts on the coastal zone. Her pioneering research on computational coastal modelling and, the development of data-driven and reduced physics modelling approaches has been internationally recognised. She is an Elected Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales. She currently co-directs the Climate Action Research Institute.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Computational coastal and estuarine modelling
  • Flood risk management and coastal flood modelling
  • Nature-based solutions for coastal management
  • Climate change impacts on the coastal zone
  • Environmental impacts of marine renewables
  • Artificial Intelligence

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

EGA117/EGM107 – Coastal Processes and Engineering
EGM35 – Flood Risk Management
EGA117 – Fluid Mechanics 1

Research Award Highlights