Prof. Naubahar SHARIF

PhD in Science and Technology Studies, Cornell University

Acting Head and Associate Professor, Division of Public Policy


Innovation and technology policy in Hong Kong and China
Belt and Road initiative


Innovation Policy


Dr. Naubahar Sharif is an Acting Head and Professor in the Division of Public Policy at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He earned his doctorate in ‘Science and Technology Studies’ from Cornell University (USA) in 2005 and completed the Executive Education program in ‘Innovation for Economic Development’ at Harvard University (USA) in 2011. He has published numerous research and theoretical articles in leading academic journals and has been awarded external funding from the Research Grants Council (RGC) of Hong Kong under the Collaborative Research Fund (CRF) scheme, the General Research Fund (GRF) scheme, and the Public Policy Research (PPR) scheme. Under the auspices of Hong Kong’s Central Policy Unit, Dr. Sharif has received funding (as a co-investigator) for a Strategic Public Policy Research (SPPR) proposal to study the potential of China’s One-Belt-One-Road initiative to benefit Hong Kong through trade and investment. Dr. Sharif also consulted for the Innovation and Technology Commission (ITC) of the HKSAR Government from 2006 to 2010. Currently in his research he focuses on innovation and technology policymaking in Hong Kong, the impact of the One-Belt-One-Road initiative in Pakistan, and also the process of industrial automation, including robotics, unfolding in Southern China.


  • Sharif, Naubahar; Xing, Jack Linzhou (2020) From Creative Destruction to Creative Appropriation: A Comprehensive Framework, v. 49, (7), September 2020

  • Sharif, Naubahar; Huang, Yu (2019) Achieving Industrial Upgrading Through Automation in Dongguan, China, Science, Technology and Society, v. 24, (2), July 2019, p. 237-253

  • Sharif, Naubahar ; Huang, Yu (2019) Industrial automation in china’s “workshop of the world”, The China Journal, v. 81, (1), January 2019, p. 1-22

  • Lau, Antonio K.W.; Kajikawa, Yuya; Sharif, Naubahar (2019) The roles of supply network centralities in firm performance and the moderating effects of reputation and export-orientation, Production Planning and Control, December 2019

  • Sharif, Naubahar; Xing, Jack Linzhou (2019) Restricted generalizability of city innovation policies: The case of E-hailing in China, Science and Public Policy, v. 46, (6), December 2019, p. 805-819

  • Sharif, Naubahar; Ritter, Waltraut; Davidson, Robert; Edmunds, Scott (2018) An Open Science ‘State of the Art’ for Hong Kong: Making Open Research Data Available to Support Hong Kong Innovation Policy, Journal of Contemporary Eastern Asia, v. 17, (2), 2018, p. 200-221

  • Huang, Yu; Sharif, Naubahar (2017) From ‘Labor Dividend’ to ‘Robot Dividend’: Technological Change and Labor Power in South China, Agrarian South: Journal of Political Economy: A tri-annual Journal of CARES, August 2017, Online first article

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

  • Sharif, Naubahar (2015) Understanding the "National Innovation System" Conceptual Approach as a Social and Governmental Technology, TECNOSCIENZA: Italian Journal of Science & Technology Studies, v. 6, (1), 2015, p. 33-60

  • Sharif, Naubahar; Tang, Hei-Hang Hayes (2014) New trends in innovation strategy at Chinese universities in Hong Kong and Shenzhen, International Journal of Technology Management, v. 65, (1-4), 2014, p. 300-318

  • Hu, Mei-Chih; Sharif, Naubahar; Baark, Erik (2014) Information Technology Services: A Key Knowledge-Intensive Business Service Industry in Hong Kong SAR, China, Science, Technology and Society, v. 19, (1), March 2014, p. 27-55

  • Baark, Erik; Sharif, Naubahar (2014) Hong Kong Special Administrative Region: The Hong Kong Experience with Public Procurement for Innovation, Public Procurement, Innovation and Policy: International Perspectives / Editors: Veiko Lember, Rainer Kattel, Tarmo Kalvet. Berlin : Springer, 2014, p. 171-190

  • Lau, Antonio K.W.; Baark, Erik; Lo, William L.W.; Sharif, Naubahar (2013) The effects of innovation sources and capabilities on product competitiveness in Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta, Asian Journal of Technology Innovation, v. 21, (2), 2013, p. 220-236

  • Sharif, Naubahar  (2013) Exploiting Uncertainty and Ambiguity in Policymaking: Hong Kong and Investment in the Pearl River Delta Region, TECNOSCIENZA / Italian Journal of Science & Technology Studies, v. 4, (2), 2013, p. 5-26

  • Sharif, Naubahar (2012) Facilitating and Promoting Innovative Entrepreneurship in Hong Kong: Theory and Practice, Canadian journal of administrative sciences, v. 29, (2), June 2012, p. 139-153

  • 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; Baark, Erik; Lau, Antonio K.W. (2012) Innovation activities, sources of innovation and R&D cooperation: evidence from firms in Hong Kong and Guangdong Province, China, International journal of technology management, v. 59, 2012, p. 203-234

  • Sharif, Naubahar; Baark, Erik (2011) The Transformation of Research Technology Organisations (RTOs) in Asia and Europe, Science, Technology and Society, v. 16, (1), March 2011, p. 1-10

  • Sharif, N.; Tseng, M.M. (2011) The role of Hong Kong in Mainland China's modernization in manufacturing, Asian Survey, v. 51, (4), 2011, p. 633-658

  • Sharif, Naubahar; Baark, Erik (2011) The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology: a Case Study in Entrepreneurial University Led Knowledge Based Economic Development, Academic Entrepreneurship in Asia: the Role and Impact of Universities in National Innovation Systems / Edited by Poh Kam Wong. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, c2011, p.153-164

  • Sharif, Naubahar (2010) From Asian to Global Financial Crisis: An Asian Regulator's View of Unfettered Finance in the 1990s and 2000s, The Journal of Asian Studies, v. 69, (4), November 2010, p. 1170-1172

  • Sharif, Naubahar (2010) Rhetoric of Innovation Policy Making in Hong Kong Using the Innovation Systems Conceptual Approach, Science TECHNOLOGY & Human Values, v. 35, (3), 2010, MAY, p. 408-434

  • Sharif, Naubahar; Baark, Erik (2009) Understanding the Dynamism in Hong Kong's Innovation Environment, Journal of Knowledge-based Innovation in China, v.1, (1), 2009, p. 56-75

  • Huang, Can; Sharif, Naubahar (2009) Manufacturing Dynamics and Spillovers: The Case of Guangdong Province and Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan (HKMT), Research policy, v. 38, (5), 2009, JUN, p. 813-828

  • Sharif, Naubahar; Huang, Can (2009) Cross-border Investment and Economic Integration: the Case of Guangdong Province and Hong Kong SAR, Multinationals and Emerging Economies: the Quest for Innovation and Sustainability / Edited by Wilfred Dolfsma, Geert Duysters, Ionara Costa. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, c2009