The Centre for Transformative Innovation strives to improve Australia’s innovative capacity by understanding how ideas, inventions, and social networks enhance productivity. We were founded in 2014 as part of Swinburne's Faculty of Business and Law, with the goal of better informing the debate on public and corporate policy on innovation.

We are multi-disciplinary, politically non-aligned, impartial and independent with strong links to other innovation-related groups and a focus on developing cross-disciplinary research collaborations that allow for the sharing of knowledge and ideas. 

We aim to:

  • improve innovative capacity 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 interested in studying how and why innovation occurs and what its effects are. 

  • Professor Beth Webster stands in in a building withing Hawthorn campus professionally dressed

    "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 of the Centre for Transformative Innovation

COVID-19 spread in Melbourne 2020: Waves 1 and 2

This animation demonstrates the speed and far reach of COVID-19 spread throughout the community and is a stark reminder to Victorians to continue to practice physical distancing and follow isolation/quarantine orders.

An animation of the speed and reach of COVID-19 as it spread through the community during the first and second waves in Victoria.

This animation depicts positive COVID-19 cases in Melbourne, Victoria (red dots) and the social contact between (the lines). The location of dots reflects people’s home address, not where they contracted COVID-19. Lines represent possible transmission pathways due to social contact.

The data also highlight the importance of gathering social network data to better understand individuals' contacts and social networks and the risk of COVID-19 transmission in the community. 

This animation was created by Dr Peng Wang, Professor Dean Lusher and Dr Giovanni Radhitio Sadewo from Swinburne University of Technology’s Centre for Transformative Innovation as part of a research project examining targeted intervention of contact networks for COVID-19.

Funding: This work was commissioned by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services.

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Our latest events

  • Research
    • Innovation
    • Research Impact

    Launch of the Encyclopedia of Australian Science and Innovation

    Celebrates the re-branding and new home of the Encyclopedia of Australian Science and Innovation, and those contributing to its new life.

    Thu 24 November
    5:45 PM to 7:45 PM
    AGSE202, Hawthorn campus
    Register now (Launch of the Encyclopedia of Australian Science and Innovation)
  • Research
    • Innovation
    • Research Impact

    Tom Spurling Oration: How different types of proximity affect the performance of innovation networks and precincts

    Our speaker Professor Ron Boschma (Utrecht University) is the leading international authority on how different forms of proximity (cognitive, organisational, social, institutional and spatial) affect firms in innovation ecosystems.

    Mon 7 November
    5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
    AMDC 301, Hawthorn campus
    Register now (Tom Spurling Oration: How different types of proximity affect the performance of innovation networks and precincts)
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    • Innovation
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Business
    • Health

    CTI Public Event: Commercialising Personalised Medicine

    Join Dr Alison Todd, Co-Founder & Chief Scientific Officer, SpeeDx Pty Ltd, who will will discuss the entrepreneurial side of her research and business implementation.

    Thu 10 June
    4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
    Lecture Theatre AGSE202, 50 Wakefield Street, Hawthorn
    Register now (CTI Public Event: Commercialising Personalised Medicine)

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Victoria 3122 Australia


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