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Naubahar Sharif


IEMS Research Areas

Areas of Expertise

Innovation Systems, Innovation and Technology Policy, Innovation and Technology in Hong Kong, Industrial Automation in Southern China, and the 'Belt and Road' Initiative

Short Bio

Naubahar Sharif is Professor of Public Policy at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). His research interests include science, technology and innovation (STI) policy in Hong Kong and within the ‘Greater Bay Area’ of Southern China; automation in China; and the ‘Belt and Road’ initiative. In 2011 he completed the Executive Education program in Innovation for Economic Development at Harvard University. At HKUST, Naubahar has been nominated for the Michael G. Gale Medal for Distinguished Teaching, also having won the Interdisciplinary Programs Office’s Teaching Excellence Award (in 2020), the School of Humanities and Social Science (SHSS) Best Teacher Award (twice, in 2009 and 2016), and one of his courses was nominated for the Common Core Excellence award. Naubahar has been awarded both ‘Public Policy Research’ (PPR) and ‘General Research Fund’ (GRF) grants by Hong Kong’s Research Grants Council (RGC). Currently, Naubahar is a co-investigator for two ‘Strategic Public Policy Research’ (SPPR) grants awarded by Hong Kong’s Policy Innovation and Co-ordination Office (PICO) as well as a cross-institutional ‘Collaborative Research Fund’ (CRF) grant also awarded by the RGC. Naubahar’s research has had a demonstrable impact on business and his research was one of HKUST’s few ‘impact case study’ submissions (sole-authored) for its 2020 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).

Selected Papers and Publications

  • Huang, Can* and Naubahar Sharif. “Global Technology Leadership: The Case of China.” Science and Public Policy 43, no.1 (2016): 62-73.

  • Sharif, Naubahar* and Hayes Tang, “New Trends in Innovation Strategy at Chinese Universities  in Hong Kong and Shenzhen.” International Journal of Technology Management 65, nos.1/2/3/4 (2014): 300-318.

  • Hu, Mei-Chih, Naubahar Sharif* and Erik Baark. “Information Technology Services: A Key Knowledge-Intensive Business Service Industry in Hong Kong SAR, China.” Science, Technology & Society 19, no.1 (2014): 27-55.

  • Sharif, Naubahar*, Erik Baark and Antonio Lau, “Innovation Activities, Sources of Innovation and R&D Cooperation: Evidence From Firms in Hong Kong and Guangdong Province, China.” International Journal of Technology Management 59, nos.3/4 (2012): 203–234.

  • Sharif, Naubahar* and Can Huang, “Innovation Strategy, Firm Survival and Relocation: The Case of Hong Kong-Owned Manufacturing in Guangdong Province, China.” Research Policy 41, no.1 (2012): 69–78.

  • Sharif, Naubahar* and Mitchell Tseng, “Hong Kong’s Contribution to China’s Manufacturing  Industry.” Asian Survey 51, no.4 (July/August 2011): 633–658.

  • Sharif, Naubahar. “Rhetoric of Innovation Policymaking in Hong Kong Using the Innovation Systems Conceptual Approach.” Science, Technology and Human Values 35, no. 3 (2010): 408–434.

  • Huang, Can and Naubahar Sharif*. “Manufacturing Dynamics and Spillovers: The Case of Guangdong Province and Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan (HKMT).” Research Policy 38, no.5 (2009): 813–828.

  • Sharif, Naubahar. “Emergence and Development of the National Innovation Systems Approach.” Research Policy 35, no.5 (2006): 745–766.

  • Sharif, Naubahar. “An Examination of Recent Developments in Hong Kong’s Innovation System: 1990 to the Present.” Science and Public Policy 33, no.7 (2006): 505–518.