Centre for Transformative Innovation

About us

Global prosperity through knowledge and innovation.

The Centre for Transformative Innovation (CTI) was founded in 2014 as part of Swinburne's Faculty of Business and Law. CTI was launched with the aim of better informing public debate on public and corporate policy on innovation. We are multi-disciplinary, politically non-aligned, impartial and independent.

CTI aligns with Swinburne's vision of being Australia's leading university in science, innovation and technology. CTI has strong links with other innovation-related groups within the university, so developing cross-disciplinary research collaborations. Learn more about our Advisory Board.

The Faculty of Business and Law also envisages strong contributions to CTI by our researchers, whether adjuncts or higher degree by research students, in order to nurture a culture of research collaboration and sharing of knowledge and ideas. 

Our researchers have a strong record of publications in leading economics, public policy and social science journals, including: The Review of Economics and Statistics, RAND Journal of Economics, European Economic Review, Economics Letters, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Strategic Management Journal, Research Policy, PLoS ONE, Regional Studies, National Tax Journal, British Journal of Sociology, Organization Science, American Journal of Public Health, Oxford Economic Papers, Journal of Economic Surveys, Cambridge Journal of Economics, Journal of Mathematical Psychology, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Health Economics, and Energy Economics. 

Professor Beth Webster, Director Centre for Transformative Innovation

At the Centre of Transformative Innovation, we aspire to be Australia’s leading institution in research and training on innovation studies. In so doing, we will contribute our knowledge and expertise to provide robust and objective evidence needed to guide public and enterprise policy.

Professor Beth Webster

Director, Centre for Transformative Innovation

Our mission

Our mission is to be the first choice for the analysis of industry and business performance.

CTI's goals are to:

  • improve innovative capacity in Australia, and beyond, by understanding the processes through which ideas and inventions enhance productivity
  • be a global leader in research on technology and innovation for policy and management
  • be a focal point for researchers and policy advocates who are interested in studying how and why innovation occurs and what its effects are.