Technological innovations


23 Jan 2019

This report builds on the 2015 ASPI report, Defence science and innovation: an affordable strategic advantage . It takes into account recent domestic and international R&D policy developments and considers trends in relation to whole-of-government national security innovation.

Policy report

A 'Canada Next: 12 ways to get ahead of disruption' report
9 Jan 2019

Rural areas and small towns in Canada are declining, yet have much to offer in terms of economic growth and innovation. This report recommends that the government improve broadband and digital services infrastructure for rural communities, foster business linkages and recognise and promote their capacity...


Frontier technologies for sustainable development
1 Dec 2018

The World Economic and Social Survey is the flagship publication on major development issues prepared by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat (UN/DESA).

Frontier technologies—from DNA sequencing to 3D-printing, from renewable energy technologies to biodegradable plastics, from machine...


MSSI Oration 2018
26 Nov 2018

Professor Lars Coenen delivered this year's annual MSSI Oration on Tuesday 20 November. As his research on innovative cities and regions in Europe and Australia shows, Coenen highlights that we urgently need to rethink what innovation is and how to go about it.


3 Jul 2018

Innovations in the transport sector continue to introduce new opportunities to enhance travel experiences in our cities.

The 2020s are predicted to be a decade of transformation for urban mobility. This is facilitated by business models that offer a range of new mobility services...


16 Apr 2018

Three years ago, the Chilean government launched Laboratorio de Gobiernowith a strategic priority to build innovation capacity and enable innovation in Chile’s public sector. As part of this, the lab developed a practice-based capacity building programme called Experimenta.


12 Dec 2017

This audit assessed the effectiveness of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science in administering the Low Emission Technologies for Fossil Fuels (LETFF) program.


22 Nov 2017

This paper looks at the impacts that emerging quantum technologies might have on defence.


13 Nov 2017

The Global Innovation Index, the world's leading measurement of innovation across more than 80 indicators, shows Australia is not innovating enough. The economic and technological realities of an increasingly innovative world economy will inevitably catch up to Australia.

Journal article

4 Nov 2017

This articles argues that the risks of artificial intelligence are insufficiently articulated in New Zealand government reports to date, and that there is an obligation for New Zealand government agencies to consider the deep questions involved.


27 Sep 2017

This audit assessed the effectiveness of the design process and monitoring arrangements for the National Innovation and Science Agenda by the relevant entities.

Discussion paper

19 Sep 2017

The Australian government has announced it will develop a national Digital Economy Strategy, which will focus on ways that governments, businesses and the community can adjust to seize the benefits of digital transformation.

Journal article

6 Sep 2017

Whether creating the next contexts or the artefacts in them, design helps people make sense of and shape multiple alternative futures. Design therefore has a responsibility to unknown futures.


17 Aug 2017

This report examines the social and technological drivers of change in the transport sector. It argues that technologies in isolation will not be the silver bullet that solves transport problems, rather they will form part of an integrated mobility network that must also include high...


25 Apr 2017

This report focuses on the data related to IP in Australia, with discussion of the Productivity Commission (PC) inquiry and a side report on University-Industry Collaboration.

Audio interview

22 Feb 2017

Following on from the first Cityscapes conversation earlier in the month, Tim Williams from the Committee for Sydney speaks to Julie Wagner, Non-Resident Senior Fellow and Co-Director of the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Initiative on Innovation and Placemaking at the Brookings Institution. Julie...

Journal article

26 Jan 2017

This paper shows how many natural forces, species, technologies and materialities became entangled in the social, cultural and political life of contemporary cities.


17 Jan 2017

This content analysis of smart home control marketing materials indicates that the promoted benefits of these devices are not strongly aligned with energy policy objectives. Only one of 11 themes identified relates to energy and cost savings. Further, load shifting was not mentioned or promoted...


18 Oct 2016


This In Brief updates In Brief 2015/24 that first reported on the emergence of a new regulatory framework around research and development in Papua New Guinea (PNG). It outlines developments in this area over the past 18 months, including the most recent...


15 Oct 2016

Executive summary

The nature of work is changing. While our parents and grandparents could once expect to get a job directly out of high school and keep it for life, today’s workers cannot. Technology is partly to blame for this. Bill Gates has...



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