Prabhasri Herath is a PhD candidate at Fenner School of Environment & Society at the Australian National University since January 2019. She also works as a casual research officer at ANU with Prof. Xuemei Bai, her primary PhD supervisor. She started her studies on Environmental studies in 2013, with her honours on Green Technology at the University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka.
Prabhasri’s research admires nature as a vital component of life and an integral part of cities. Incorporating ecosystem concepts in cities helps resolve many consequences and absorb multiple environmental and thermal shocks in the urban system while providing economic and aesthetical values. Her current research project focuses on sustainable, resilient and liveable cities, adapting cities to extreme and excess heat by strategic mitigation planning with Nature-based Solutions (NbS). The studies mainly focus on Australian cities that are highly vulnerable to severe heatwaves and assess their capabilities of implying NbS or green infrastructure to make cities liveable and resilient.