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Professor Thomas Spurling

Professor, Innovation Studies
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Western Australia, Australia; Bachelor of Science, University of Western Australia, Australia


Tom is a scientist with experience in managing the process of translating research into commercial products. His current research interests include the use of social network analysis in understanding how best to commercialise public sector research, the use of economic analysis to understand why some firms invest in innovation, and the use of case studies to tell the story of Australian innovation.

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

Fields of Research

  • Research, Science And Technology Policy - 440710
  • History And Philosophy Of Specific Fields - 500200


  • 2017, National, ANZAAS Medal, Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science
  • 2008, National, Member of the Order of Australia, Order of Australia
  • 1993, National, Fellow, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering

Further information


Also published as: Spurling, Thomas; Spurling, T.; Spurling, T. H.; Spurling, Thomas H.; Spurling, Tom; Spurling, Tom H.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2020: CSIRO & SIEF Gift History Project *; CSIRO - Science and Industry Endowment Fund (SIEF)
  • 2020: Social Network Analysis of Alumni for Kiribati *; Australian Council for Educational Research
  • 2018: ARC Training Centre for the Chemical Industries *; ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centres

* Chief Investigator