Dr Ashok Sharma

Dr Ashok Sharma.

Dr Ashok Sharma: researching sustainable water systems

Dr Ashok Sharma advances the uptake of distributed and decentralised urban water systems to address the challenges faced by conventional systems.

  • 20 November 2009 | Updated 14 August 2013

In this article

  1. Overview
  2. Publishing History


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Current activities

Dr Ashok Sharma is a Principal Research Scientist in CSIRO Land and Water's Urban Water Systems Engineering Research Program and Adjunct Professor at Victoria University, Melbourne.

He is actively involved in the development of distributed and decentralised water systems, water sensitive urban design approaches and development of methodologies to allow the transition of existing systems to more sustainable states through adoption of alternative systems and technologies.

Dr Sharma is actively involved in the development of advanced knowledge on distributed and decentralised water systems.

He leads research in the area of:

  • planning and design of distributed and decentralised urban water systems based on integrated urban water management and water sensitive urban design approaches
  • water use and wastewater generation to understand the impact of decentralised systems on the existing infrastructure
  • integration of alternative technologies and systems with centralised systems
  • system validation and monitoring of distributed systems
  • water systems design and optimisation
  • identifying needs for institutional and social research on distributed systems.


Dr Sharma is a professional Engineer with 30 years of industrial, research and teaching experience in planning, design and construction management of water supply, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure, sustainability assessment, environmental planning and assessment, water quality and river pollution prevention works.

He joined CSIRO in 2003 after working with the Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Mines for seven years, where he provided advisory services and promoted appropriate policies and practices for urban water, wastewater, drainage, floodplain management and related environmental impact issues in West Moreton District, Queensland, Australia.

Prior to that he was Assistant Professor (Civil/Environmental Engineering) at Delhi College of Engineering, New Delhi, India, where he taught undergraduate and postgraduate engineering students and supervised Masters students.

He also worked as a construction/design engineer for ten years and managed large urban water and wastewater infrastructure projects

Academic qualifications

Dr Sharma has been awarded a:

  • Bachelor of Technology (Civil Engineering), Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar, India
  • Master of Engineering (Environmental Engineering), Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Environmental/Civil Engineering), Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India.


Dr Sharma is the author of over 50 journal research papers, one book on water distribution systems design, four book chapters and numerous conference papers and reports.

He has won several awards including:

  • The Chairman of the Can Tho People Committee Award (2012) for many contributions to climate change adaptation actions plan of the city via the project 'Climate Adaptation though Sustainable Urban Development', 2010 – 2012
  • International Water Association’s Sustainability Specialist Group Prize for Research Excellence in Sustainable Urban Water Management 2010
  • Standard Australia 2009 Best Committee Award for AS 4995-2009 Greywater treatment systems for vessels operated on inland waters (received as part of the committee)
  • Victorian Premier’s sustainability Award 2009 for a collaborative research project with Yarra Valley Water and RMIT (Yarra Valley Water received this award)
  • International Water Association’s Sustainability Specialist Group Prize for Research Excellence in Sustainable Urban Water Management 2008
  • Best Poster Award at the Seventh International Conference on EcoBalance 2006 Tsukuba, Japan, on 'Life cycle costing and life cycle assessment of water and waste water alternative approaches'
  • Stormwater Industry Association Research Award 2005 for the Geelong Region Stormwater Reuse project
  • University Grants Commission (India) 1986 Research Fellowship award for Engineering Research.

Professional activities

Dr Sharma’s professional activities include:

  • Professor, Institute of Sustainability and Innovation, Victoria University, Melbourne
  • Fellow, Institution of Engineers, Australia
  • Chartered Professional Engineer, Australia
  • Fellow, Institution of Engineers, India
  • Member, Australian Water Association
  • Member, Editorial Board, Water journal, Australian Water Association.

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