Dr Shahper Richter


Email: svodanov@aut.ac.nz


May 2014 - Doctor of Philosophy in Information Systems, the University of
Thesis explored the understanding and impact of the Internet on the well being and development of digital natives. Thesis co supervised by Associate Professor David Sundaram and Professor Michael Myers.

September 2009 - SAP BPERP Certification.

September 2008 - Master of Commerce in Information Systems (First Class Hon-ours), the University of Auckland.
Thesis investigated the use of and engagement with ICTs by women in the UAE supervised by Professor Cathy Urquhart.

September 2007 - Bachelor of Commerce in Information Systems (First Class Hon-ours), the University of Auckland.

March 2005 - Bachelor of Arts in History, the University of Auckland.

March 2005 - Bachelor of Commerce in Information Systems, the University of Auck-land.

Teaching Areas:

Enterprise Systems

IT Service Management

IT Governance

IT Research Methods

Systems Analysis and Design

Introduction to Business Computing

Research Summary:

 Possible Topics for Potential PhD students:

 - What is the impact of Social Media/Networks on Digital Natives?

- How can we use MMORPGs like World of Warcraft to foster positive youth well-being? 

-  How do online gamers construct their virtual identities? How does it relate to their offline identities?

- How do online gamers form and maintain relationships online/offline? 

- Why are there so few women in STEM?

- Is Technology Gendered?

- How can we use gaming culture to attract more women in to STEM?

 - How do Indigenous people use technology to preserve, promote and teach their history and culture?

- Has communication between tribe members or members of different indigenous groups changed due to technology? How? 

- How can we use technology to help with Language Revitalisation? 

My primary research interest lies in the exploration and explanation of the use and impact of Ubiquitous Technologies by various segments of society. This includes projects New Zealand, Europe and the Middle East.

Currently I am part of research projects on Role Playing Games including MMORPGs like World of Warcraft, Game Development, Audio Games, Women in IT, Enterprise use of Social Media, Digital Natives and Language Revitalisation.



 2016 Vodanovich, S. and Urquhart, C., “ICTS and the Computerised Hijab: Women’s Experiences of ICT in the UAE”, Information Technology and Development

 2016 Vodanovich, S. and Sundaram, D., ‘Well-being Online - Singaporean and New Zealand Youth: A Comparative Study’, Information Technology and People

 2016   Vodanovich, S. and Sundaram, D., ‘Designing Youth Web Spaces for Well-being: Requirements, Framework, and Architecture of Wikis’, Information Systems Journal. (Second Round Review)

In Progress

 2016  Vodanovich, S., Tuuananen, T. and Sundaram, D., “An Approach to Understanding Digital Native Well-being and Development in Ubiquitous Spaces”, Computers in Human Behaviour

2016 Vodanovich, S. and Maani, K., “Education, Corruption and Rise of Extremist Movements - System Dynamics Study of Pakistan”, SRBS

2016  Vodanovich, S., Arthanari, T. and Sundaram, D., “Social Competence of Digital Natives: Impact of Social Networking Sites Use”, Information Systems Research Journal

2015   Vodanovich, S. and Sundaram, D., ‘The Relevance of a Mixed Method in an Emerging Area: Digital Native Well-being in Ubiquitous Spaces’, Journal of Management Information Systems

2015  Shen, K. and Vodanovich, S., ‘Facebook usage and Social Capital Development among the Arab and non-Arab youth in the UAE’, No Target.


2011    Vodanovich, S., Rohde, M., Dong, C. and Sundaram, D., ‘Youth Web Spaces: Designing Interfaces as if Youth Mattered’, Human IT - Journal for Information Technology Studies as a Human Science, 11(3): 21–56.

2010    Vodanovich, S., Sundaram, D. and Myers, M.D., 'Digital Natives and Ubiquitous Information Systems', Information Systems Research, 21(4): 711–723.

2010        Vodanovich, S., Urquhart C., and Shakir M.,  ‘Same  But  Different:  Understanding  Women’s Experience of IT in the UAE’, Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries, 40 (4):1-21.


2011    Vodanovich, S., Rohde, M.E. and Sundaram, D.,  ‘Designed For Good:  Community Well-Being Oriented Online Databases For Youth’, In: Pardede, E. (Ed) Community-Built Databases: Research And Devel-opment, Springer.


2015     Alaskar, M., Shen, K. and Vodanovich, S., ‘Evolvement of Information Security Research: A Systematic Review and Future Direction’, Hawaii International Conference of Social Sciences (HICSS), Hawaii, 6 January – 9 January.

2014    Shen, K., Vodanovich, S. and Khalifa, M., ‘The role of intensity of Face-book usage in Social Capital Development among the Arab and non-Arab youth in the UAE’, Australasian Conference of Information Sys-tems, Auckland, 8 December – 10 December.

2014    Vodanovich, S., Sundaram, D., Rohde, M. and Dong, J., ‘Youth Web Spaces: Design Requirements, Framework, and Architecture of Wikis to Promote Youth Well Being’, European Conference of Information Sys-tems, Tel-Aviv, 9 June - 11 June.

2014    Vodanovich, S. and Hayat, R., ‘Universities in the UAE & GCC Coun-tries. History and Scope for Better Education’, Dubai International Conference in Higher Education, 19 January – 20 January.

2009    Vodanovich, S. and Sundaram, D., ‘The Exploration and Conceptualisa-tion of Web Spaces for Youth’, eCase Conference, Singapore, 8 January – 10 January.

2009    Vodanovich, S. and Sundaram, D., ‘Youth Web Spaces: Design Re-quirements to Promote WellBeing’ - NACCQ Conference, Napier, 10 July – 13 July.

2009    Vodanovich, S., Rohde, M. and Sundaram, D., ‘Wikis to Support Collaborative Web Spaces to Promote Youth Well-being’ – WikiSym Conference, Orlando, Florida, 25 October – 27 October.

2008    Vodanovich, S., Urquhart, C., and Shakir, M., ‘The promise and per-ils of ICTs in the UAE’, Women as Global Leaders (WAGL) Conference, Dubai.
2008    Shakir M., Shen K. Vodanovich S., and Urquhart C., ‘Exploring Wom-en’s Experience of IT in the UAE’, European and Mediterranean Con-ference on Information Systems (EMCIS), Dubai, UAE, 1-10.