Director, Centre for Transformative Innovation, Swinburne University of Technology

Professor Beth Webster is the Director of the Centre for Transformative Innovation at Swinburne University of Technology. Her area of study is the economics of how knowledge is created and diffuses through the economy. On these topics alone she has authored over 100 articles in outlets such as RAND Journal of Economics, Review of Economics and Statistics, Oxford Economic Papers, Journal of Law & Economics and Cambridge Journal of Economics. She has been appointed to a number of committees including the Lomax-Smith Base funding Review; CEDA Advisory Council; the Bracks Automotive review; the Advisory Council for Intellectual Property; the European Policy for Intellectual Property Association; the Economic Society of Victoria and the Asia Pacific Innovation Conference. She is also holds honorary research positions at the Universities of Melbourne, Oxford and Tasmania.

She has a PhD (economics) from the University of Cambridge and economics degrees from Monash University.

Experience

  • 2015–present
    Professor, Centre for Transformative Innovation, Swinburne University
  • 2010–2014
    Professorial Fellow, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research
  • 2008–2014
    Director, Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia
  • 2004–2009
    Principal Reseaarch Fellow, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research
  • 2002–2008
    Associate Director, Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia
  • 1999–2004
    Senior Research Fellow, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research
  • 1996–1999
    Research Fellow, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research
  • 1991–1993
    Senior Research Manager, Bureau of Immigration and Population Research, Australian Public Service
  • 1985–1990
    Research Economist, Department of Labour, Victorian Public Service
  • 1983–1984
    Research Fellow, Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research
  • 1983–1983
    Research Assistant, Centre for Policy Studies, Monash University
  • 1980–1982
    Tutor, Department of Economics, Monash University

Education

  • 1996 
    University of Cambridge, Doctor of Philosophy
  • 1983 
    Monash University, Master of Economics
  • 1979 
    Monash University, Bachelor of Economics (hons)