Thushara Kamalrathne is a senior lecturer in Sociology attached to the Department of Sociology, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. He has been serving in the department since 2007 as an academic member. Thushara is a researcher at the Global Disaster Resilience Centre, University of Huddersfield, UK. Currently, he is reading his PhD at the Global Disaster Resilience Centre, School of Applied Sciences, University of Huddersfield. His current research is on community-based approach for pandemic preparedness and response in the context of multi-hazard. Thushara completed his MPhil in Sociology in 2015 at the Post Graduate Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences (PGIHS), University of Peradeniya. His MPhil research was on social determinants of child malnutrition in the estate sector in Sri Lanka. He holds a first-class degree in Bachelor of Arts, Sociology, at the faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya. He is a member of the research project of improving COVID-19 and pandemic response through the downstream of multi-hazard early warning systems, funded by the UKRI. Thushara has contributed as an editor for several refereed journals and research compilations including Samaja Vimasuma, annually published by the Department of Sociology, University of Peradeniya. His areas of expertise are Disaster Risk Reduction, Participatory Research Methods and Development, and Criminology.