Technological innovation systems and industry development

QUT Business School student topic

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Master of Philosophy


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We're looking for students to study this topic.


Dr Stephen Cox
Director, Centre of METS Business Innovation
Division / Faculty
QUT Business School


I am seeking research students (either MPhil or PhD) wanting to undertake research into the innovation systems that support society wide technological innovations and subsequent industrial development. For example, Australia, like many countries, is attempting to develop new industries in clean energy. For each of these, the pathway from innovation to a viable, self-sustaining industry is difficult. I am interested in exploring the barriers that prevent successful development of the innovation system in which each technology operates.

  • Battery industries, with industry opportunities ranging from:
    • extraction focused activities;
    • innovations and industry development in mineral processing within Australia, rather exporting bulk raw minerals;
    • local battery manufacturing;
    • recycling of batteries - a growing major concern for batteries.
  • A hydrogen fuel industry that allows low or no emission energy.
    • Hydrogen can be used a fuel source,. There are multiple possible approaches to manufacturing hydrogen. Each technology has its own, interrelated innovation system. And each has its own barriers. What are these barriers and how can they be reduced? What can be done to increase the development of clean production technologies rather than high emission approaches?
      • If manufactured cleanly using hydrolysis and renewable energy, Hydrogen can be a low or no emission fuel source.
      • If manufactured by coal gasification, then carbon capture and storage is required to deal with the emissions.
  • Decarbonisation of existing industries, such as the mining industry.
    • For example, batteries require mining of many rare metals, but mining is energy intensive. How can mines decarbonise their own activities, so that even if we have emission free transport, the mineral extraction and processing technologies use clean energy?
    • How can the mining industry intersect with the clean energy innovation systems to assist with decarbonisation?

Thus I am seeking research students interested in these sorts of problems. The approaches require the analysis of system level dynamics using qualitative event analysis, document or policy analysis; network analyses, etc.



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