Ravishankar Sharma

Associate ProfessorRavishankar Sharma

Meremere 407
Internal Phone: 92267
The world works best if we all do what we're good at. - 2018 Physics Nobel Laureate Donna Strickland


Research Interests

Bridging Knowledge Disparities and Creating Sustainable Development

Building a Knowledge Society represents an aspiration that has been the thread of a voluminous body of work ranging from the classic treatise by Adam Smith (1776) to more contemporary work by Joseph Stiglitz (1999) and Michael Spence (2008). It has been shown that knowledge and its diffusion become potent factors of innovation; and this creates a level of playing field of opportunities and hence reduces income and wealth disparities (Piketty 2014). My research focus addresses the following key questions. How can knowledge be diffused across a
society so that it may be more effectively exploited to create national wealth? Can we bridge knowledge disparities with digital literacy? Will the resultant “level playing field” generate greater contributions of
national wealth and a more equitable sharing of it?

Recent Publications

  • Feng F. and Sharma RS. (2018) Modeling the migration of cultural goods: a macro-economic study of domestic Chinese cinema. China Economic Journal 11(2): 194-223. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17538963.2018.1449594.
  • Jones KA. and Sharma RS. (2018) An experiment in blended learning: Learning without lectures. In 2017 IEEE Conference on e-Learning, e-Management and e-Services, IC3e 2017: 1-6. http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/IC3e.2017.8409229.
  • Sharma R., Kshetri N. and Nesbitt T. (2018) Revisiting Turing’s Imitation Game: A Commentary on Replacing Teachers with Internet Devices. Communications of the Association for Information Systems 43: 432-441. http://dx.doi.org/10.17705/1CAIS.04324.
  • Sharma R., Malone L., Guan C. and Dattakumar A. (2018) A maturity model for digital literacies and sustainable development. In Khosrow-Pour M (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology (4th ed.): 2280-2291. Hershey: IGI Global. http://dx.doi.org/10.4018/978-1-5225-2255-3.ch198.
  • Sharma RS. (2018) Revisiting the Knowledge Gini Coefficient: Digital Literacies and Sustainable Development. IT Professional 20(5): 91-95. http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/MITP.2018.053891343.