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Dr Ashok Sharma

PhD (Civil Eng), ME (Env Eng) (IITR), B Tech (Civil Eng) (GBPUAT)

Associate Professor Water Resources

Dr Ashok Sharma is an Associate Professor of Water Resources in the College of Engineering and Science at Victoria University.

He has nearly 30 years’ of experience in research, academia, consulting and construction. His areas of expertise include:

  • water resources
  • centralised/decentralised urban and peri-urban water supply
  • waste water and storm water infrastructure systems
  • sustainability assessment
  • integrated urban water management
  • water sensitive urban design
  • ecological footprint assessment
  • project management
  • life cycle costing.

Before joining VU, he worked for nearly 12 years at Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia as Senior Research Engineer and Principal Research Engineer. Here he led research on decentralised systems and water sensitive urban design, and managed various research projects on urban water systems. Prior to CSIRO, he has worked as Planning Engineer at the Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Mines Australia for 7 years, Assistant Professor Civil Engineering at Delhi College of Engineering, Delhi, India for 2 years and as an Engineer at State Water Corporation, Uttar Pradesh, India for 10 years.

Dr Sharma has published nearly 200 scientific articles including 70 articles in national/international peer-reviewed journals, 11 book chapters and 3 books. He is a Fellow of Institution of Engineers Australia and Chartered Professional Engineer, Editor of International Water Association’s Journal of Water Supply: Research and Technology-AQUA and member of Editorial Board for AWA Water e-Journal.

Publications

Ashok has co-authored nearly 200 publications including 3 books, 11 book chapters, 70 journal papers, 68 conference papers and 47 technical reports for water industry. Some of these publications are listed below:

Books

Swamee P.K. and Sharma A.K. (2008). Design of Water Supply Pipe Networks, John Wiley and Sons Inc., NJ, USA.

Maheepala, S., Blackmore, J., Diaper C., Moglia, M., Sharma A., and Kenway, S. (2010), Integrated Water Management Planning Manual, Water Research Foundation.

Sharma, A.K., Begbie, D. and Gardner, T. (2015), Rainwater Tank Systems for Urban Water Supply – Design, Yield, Energy, Health Risks, Economics and Community Perceptions, IWA Publishing.

Refereed journal articles

Sharma, A.K., Pezzaniti, D., Myers, B., Cook, S., Tjandraatmadja, G., Chacko, P., Chavoshi, S., Kemp, D., Leonard, R., Koth, B., Walton, A. (2016), Water sensitive urban design: An investigation of current systems, implementation drivers, community perceptions and potential to supplement urban water services. Water, 8, 272.

Gurung, T.R., Stewart, R.A., Beal, C.D., Sharma, A.K.,(2016). Investigating the financial implications and viability of diversified water suply systems in an urban water supply zone, Water Resource Management, DOI 10.1007/s11269-016-1411-x.

Moglia, M., Gan, K., Delbridge, N., Sharma, A., Tjandraatmadja, G. (2016), Investigation of pump and pump switch failures in rainwater harvesting systems, Journal of Hydrology, 538, 208–215.

Sharma, A.K., Cook, S., Gardner, T., and Tjandraatmadj G. (2016, in press), Rainwater tanks in modern cities: A review of current practices and research, Journal of Water and Climate Change.

Quezada, G., Walton, A., and Sharma, A. (2015,) Risks and tensions in water industry innovation: Understanding adoption of decentralised water systems from socio-technical transitions perspective, Journal of Cleaner Production.

Refereed chapters

Peter W. Schouten, Ashok Sharma, Stewart Burn, Nigel Goodman (2015), Greenhouse gas emissions from decentralized systems, in Urban Water Reuse Handbook, Edited by Saeid Eslamian, CRC Press 2015, Print ISBN: 978-1-4822-2914-1, eBook ISBN: 978-1-4822-2915-8.

Cook, S., Sharma, A.K., and Gardner, T. (2015), Rainwater harvesting systems for urban development, in Rainwater Tank Systems for Urban Water Supply – Design, Yield, Energy, Health Risks, Economics and Community Perceptions, Sharma, A.K., Begbie, D. and Gardner, T.(editors), IWA Publishing, ISBN13: 9781780405353.

Umapathi, S., Butler, R., Ferguson, M., Pezzaniti, D. and Sharma, A.K. (2015), Monitoring of household rainwater tank sustems for rainwater usage, in Rainwater Tank Systems for Urban Water Supply – Design, Yield, Energy, Health Risks, Economics and Community Perceptions, Sharma, A.K., Begbie, D. and Gardner, T.(editors), IWA Publishing, ISBN13: 9781780405353.

View Ashok Sharma’s Google Scholar profile.

View Ashok Sharma’s Research Gate profile.

Teaching responsibilities

  • NEF 2101 Fluid Mechanics 1
  • NEC3201 Hydraulic Engineering
  • NEC 4201/VAC4032 Civil Engineering Design 2

Postgraduate research students

Completions: Co-supervised 6 PhD students and 1 ME student.

Current supervision: Co-supervision of 2 PhD students.

Awards

2012 Can Tho City People Committee Award for AusAid project on Climate Adaptation: Sustainable Urban Development Project Can Tho, Vietnam (Project team award).

2010 IWA Award for Research Excellence (runner up) in Sustainable Water Management during 2010 IWA World Water Congress, Montreal, Canada for a research publication.

IWA Award for Research Excellence (runner up) in Sustainable Water Management during 2008 IWA World Water Congress, Vienna, Austria for a research publication.

Professional memberships

  • Fellow, Institution of Engineers Australia
  • Chartered Professional Engineer Australia
  • Fellow, Institution of Engineers, India
  • Member, International Water Association
  • Member, International Water Association Australian Committee
  • Member, Australian Water Association
  • Editorial Board member Water Journal Australian Water Association
  • Editor IWA Journal of Water Supply: Research and Technology – AQUA

Areas of expertise

  • Centralised water, wastewater and stormwater systems
  • Decentralised systems
  • Hydraulic and hydrology
  • Integrated urban water management
  • Sustainability assessment
  • Water resources
  • Water sensitive urban design

Contact details

+61 3 9919 4519