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Dr Isuru Koswatte is a lecturer in Business and Management specialising in organizational resilience, entrepreneurship and business sustainability with active international collaborative research. He completed his PhD from the University of Manchester in 2020 and is skilled in Mixed Method Research, Structure Equation Modelling and qualitative research. 

He was also part of the The Nordic Research School of International Business which offered several doctoral courses in International Business at seven business schools in the Northern European countries, including Aalto University (Finland), BI Norwegian Business School (Norway), Copenhagen Business School (Denmark), Leeds University (UK), University of Gothenburg (Sweden), University of Manchester (UK), and Uppsala University (Sweden).

He is presently an associate member of National Centre for Resilience, a cross sector partnership spanning Scottish universities, government and practice. He is also a member of the British Academy Early Career Researcher Network in Scotland as well as a member of the Academy of International Business (AIB).

Before UWS, he was the head of research at NSBM Green University in Sri Lanka. His teaching comprises a range of modules in the field of Business and Management including Multinational Performance, Organizations in societies and Business Research methods.


Area of academic expertise - outline

Experienced in the fields of International Business, Organizational resilience, sustainability and entrepreneurship 

Current research activities

Current research activities include work on PLS-SEM and NCA methodologies and its application, Crisis management and developing entrepreneurial resilience, the role of resilince in SDGs and how leadership is linked with resilience deveopment. The understanding of the above topics are expanded from the Global South to the UK context and in particular focusing on the SME sector and development 

He is also involved in several international research collaborations working as an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at NSBM Green University

He was recently awarded the Vice Chancellor's Studentship 2023 for his research project on Leadership and SMEs

In July 2021 he was awarded a research grant from NSBM Green University in Sri Lanka for the project 'Technology, religion and entreprenuership ' done in partnership with the University of Liverpool and the University of Dundee with an award value of £3000.


Current teaching activities and interests

Teaching areas include,
Dissertation Research Skills
Organizations in Society
Professional Development Experience 2

Introduction to project management

I also supervise undegraduate and masters students 

Desired research direction

I am hoping to expand my research work towards resilience building and the role of entreprenuership and leadership in this overall process 

Target collaborative organisations

I hope to expand the resilience development capabilities with governmental and non-governmental orgnizations. Aiming to find avenues to work with the Scottish Government arm for resilince building "Ready Scotland"

Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

Isuru also has a wide understanding of entrepreneurial startups and also runs several guest lecture sessions at OP Jindal Global Business School in India on issues surrounding challenges for business startups and how to build entrepreneurial resilience 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Associate Member, National Centre for Resilience

28 Feb 2023 → …

External Examiner, University of Dundee

15 Nov 2022 → …

Adjunct Senior Research Fellow , NSBM Green University

6 Jun 20226 Jun 2027

Review Editor , Frontiers Energy Research

10 Aug 2021 → …

Adjunct Faculty Member, University of Auckland

15 Oct 202015 Dec 2021


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