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Professor Beth Webster

Director, Centre for Transformative Innovation
PhD, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom; Master of Economics, Monash University, Australia; Bachelor of Economics (hons), Monash University, Australia


Professor Beth Webster is Director of the Centre for Transformative Innovation at Swinburne University of Technology. She is also Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research Impact and Policy. Her expertise centres on the economics of the way knowledge is created and diffused through the economy. She has a PhD in economics from the University of Cambridge and an M.Ec and B.Ec (hons) from Monash University. She is a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences Australia.

 Professor Webster is responsible for providing advice and leadership on policies relating to the economic and social impact of research, public industry and innovation policies. She is also responsible for measuring university research engagement and impact.

 Professor Webster has authored over 100 articles on the economics of innovation and firm performance and has been published in RAND Journal of Economics, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Industrial Economics, Journal of Law & Economics, the Journal of International Economics and Research Policy. She has been appointed to a number of committees including the Bracks' review of the automotive industry, Lomax-Smith Base funding Review, CEDA Advisory Council, and the Advisory Council for Intellectual Property. She is a past President of the European Policy for Intellectual Property Association and the Asia Pacific Innovation Conference network. She was named the 2022 Distinguished Fellow of the Economic Society of Australia.

Research interests

economics; Innovation; R&D policy; Firm performance; Productivity; Intellectual property policy; Industry dynamics; Knowledge spillovers; Markets for technology

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

Fields of Research

  • Industry Economics And Industrial Organisation - 380109

Teaching areas

Managerial economics

Further information


Also published as: Webster, Beth; Webster, B.; Webster, Elizabeth; Webster, E.; Webster, E. M.; Webster, Elizabeth M.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2023: Impact assessment of Austrade’s EMDG Program and Trade Services *; Austrade
  • 2023: New Zealand Product Accelerator Scheme *; Sapere Research Group Funding
  • 2023: Part 2 - Provision of data to assist with trade promotion and inward investment programs *; DEPARTMENT OF JOBS, SKILLS, INDUSTRY AND REGIONS OF VICTORIA FUND SCHEME
  • 2023: Provision of data to assist with trade promotion and inward investment programs *; DEPARTMENT OF JOBS, SKILLS, INDUSTRY AND REGIONS OF VICTORIA FUND SCHEME
  • 2023: Raising the Bar (Extension Work) *; IP Australia
  • 2023: Victorian Innovation Survey Assistance *; Sapere Research Group Funding
  • 2022: Evaluating the effect of Raising the Bar reforms on patent quality and scope in Australia *; IP Australia
  • 2022: IMCRC’s Futuremap program evaluation *; Innovative Manufacturing CRC
  • 2022: RFQ for Visitor Economy approaches to workforce issues *; Austrade
  • 2021: Branding activities and trade opportunities between Vietnam and Australia *; Australia-Vietnam Enhanced Economic Engagement Grant (AVEG)
  • 2021: Circular Economy for Nappies *; Kimberly-Clark Australia Pty Ltd Funding
  • 2021: IP Australia Project (PBR Reform Program) *; IP Australia
  • 2021: RFQ: Investment Characteristics of Successful Innovative Businesses *; Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources
  • 2021: RFQ: Trade Index Model *; Austrade
  • 2020: Analysis of the economic effect of Virtual Designs *; IP Australia
  • 2020: Innovation In Manufactured Food Sector (RFQ) *; Food Standards Australia and New Zealand
  • 2020: IP Australia Updates to TMLink *; IP Australia
  • 2019: Analysis of the economic effect of Design Rights on design-intensive firms *; IP Australia
  • 2019: Evaluation of the Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) Austrade Programs *; Austrade
  • 2019: RD Spill-over effects in Australia by fields of research *; Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
  • 2018: Identifying technological trajectories using machine learning algorithms *; ARC Linkage Projects Scheme
  • 2018: Impact Assessment of Austrade’s tailored services *; Austrade
  • 2017: Grants Impact Evaluation Project *; Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport & Resources Fund Scheme
  • 2017: The role of branding and international trademarks in global value chains *; ARC Linkage Projects Scheme
  • 2015: Data Linking, Matching & Cleaning Service *; IP Australia
  • 2015: Innovation Policy Research *; University of Melbourne (for Contracts)
  • 2015: The efficiency of the Global Patent System *; ARC Linkage Projects Scheme
  • 2015: Use of ABS firm level data in policy research *; Department of Industry and Science
  • 2015: Validation of export sales of Trade Mission program *; Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport & Resources Fund Scheme
  • 2014: Relationship of firm innovation and performance on the role of government *; ARC Discovery Projects Scheme

* Chief Investigator