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Elizabeth Webster

Elizabeth Webster

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.

Fundamental Evaluation Series

Economists should step out of their bubble more often

Apr 20, 2016 01:02 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy

Scratch an economist who proffers sage words about the state of government debt and you will find someone who believes we are at full employment. If we are below full employment, then the government can monetise debt via...

To embrace our future as an innovation nation, we'll need to learn from the past

Apr 10, 2016 22:38 pm UTC| Insights & Views Technology

Australia has many successful, innovative industries, such as wheat, wool, beef, lamb and cotton. And Australians are not averse to taking risks. Our shrewd investments in chancy mining tenements have paid...

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Economy

SK Geocentric joins 3 other entities in plastic recycling program at expressway rest areas

SK Geocentric Co. had signed an agreement with the Ministry of Environment, Korea Expressway Corp., and bottled water brand Jeju Samdasoo to promote the separate disposal and recycling of plastic garbage generated at...

F1 gets up to US$90 million per year in 3-year extension of ESPN's US TV rights

Formula One has renewed its US media rights deal with ESPN until the end of 2025, reportedly worth between US$75 million and US$90 million per year. The agreement represents a significant increase over the broadcaster...

Spain's LaLiga to sue Chinese broadcaster after terminating deal over nonpayment

Spains LaLiga has terminated its broadcast partnership with Super Sports Media in China and is seeking legal action for the media companys failure to keep up with its payments. Super Sports Media has agreed to become...

Alexa may soon replicate the voice of dead family members

A feature under development would allow Alexa to mimic the voice of a specific person based on a less than a minute of provided recording. The goal of the feature, according to Rohit Prasad, senior vice president and...

Coca-Cola edges Google, YouTube, Amazon as strongest US brand

Coca-Cola proved to be the strongest US brand by posting a Brand Strength Index (BSI) score of 93.3, higher than Google, YouTube, Amazon, and Deloitte, according to a TradingPlatforms.com analysis. The BSI rating also...

Politics

Russia-Ukraine conflict: Ukraine official says EU should include Russian oil embargo in sanctions

Ukraine has urged the West to ramp up sanctions on Russia as punishment for its unprovoked invasion of Ukraine in February. An official in Kyiv has called for an oil embargo as part of the European Unions sanctions against...

Iran, EU to restart nuclear deal talks

The months-long discussions between Iran and the US to restart the 2015 nuclear deal was put on hold following Russias invasion of Ukraine. Following a visit by the European Unions foreign policy head to Tehran, both sides...

US Supreme Court: Protesters condemn decision to overturn landmark Roe v. Wade ruling

The US Supreme Court officially published its decision that overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion-rights ruling. Following the release of the decision, hundreds of protesters marched to the high court, condemning...

Joe Biden signs bipartisan gun reform bill into law

Over the weekend, US President Joe Biden signed into law the first major gun reform bill in decades. The legislation came together following the major mass shootings in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas. Reuters...

Science

Sea lettuce used as cow feed may lower marine ecosystem threat

A joint study conducted by a local feed manufacturer and Konkuk University showed that cows fed with a newly developed feed containing sea lettuce emitted 28 percent less methane gas than those who werent. Cows fed sea...

S. Korean scientists develop robot skin that senses tactile stimuli, self heals

A research team from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) has developed a robot skin that can sense external tactile stimuli and recover from injury when damaged. The newly developed robot skin...

Absolut enlists startup's help in developing fiber-based bottle cap

The Absolut Company is enlisting the help of Swedish start-up Blue Ocean Closures in developing a fiber-based closure cap for its Absolut Vodka bottle. The caps design uses a combination of sustainably sourced FSC fiber...

S. Korea to produce biodegradable plastic with seaweed

South Koreas Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries and a research team at Pohang University of Science and Technology will begin developing technology that uses marine plants to produce biodegradable plastic material. Among...

Researchers 'mask' cancer drug to spare healthy tissues while killing tumors

The University of Chicagos Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering has designed a method to keep a promising cancer drug from wreaking havoc until it reaches a tumor. As many cancer drugs often attack both healthy...

Technology

Report: Apple Watch Series 8, new SE generation to ship with S8 chip

Apple will reportedly update its Apple Watch lineup later this year with three new models, including the second generation of Apple Watch SE and the flagship Apple Watch Series 8. The tech giant is expected to introduce...

iPhone 14 Pro will display widgets while in always-on display mode, report says

Apple is expected to introduce four new iPhones later this year, but more significant software and hardware upgrades are only anticipated in the upcoming iPhone 14 Pro models. The higher-end devices are rumored to gain an...

‘Valorant’ voice chats will be recorded as Riot Games vows ‘to combat disruptive behavior’

Riot Games has updated its policy, allowing it to record and evaluate voice chats starting with Valorant. The move is part of the developers promise to address disruptive behavior among players in-game. The developer...

eBay acquires NFT marketplace startup KnownOrigin

eBay bought UK-based NFT marketplace KnownOrigin, which raised $3.5 million in February, for an undisclosed sum. KnownOrigin has amassed an impressive, ardent, and devoted group of artists and collectors, which are a...
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