UNOVA Knowledge Hub

Unlocking the Power of Academic Expertise: Bridging the Gap Between Academia and Industry


Together, we can harness the power of technology to shape a brighter future.

Unlocking Digital Potential

UNOVA is your trusted partner in addressing today's pressing challenges and equipping you with the necessary skills and knowledge to thrive in the era of digitalization and automation. As a knowledge hub, we foster the creation of impactful solutions to empower individuals and organizations to embrace the future with confidence.

At UNOVA, we recognize that the digital landscape is constantly evolving, presenting opportunities and uncertainties. Our goal is to serve as a catalyst for innovation and transformation by providing a collaborative environment where ideas flourish, forming meaningful solutions.

About Us

Integrating Research, Design, and Development

UNOVA stands as a transdisciplinary research and development knowledge hub founded at the UNSW Business School.

Our mission revolves around fostering collaborative development among industry partners, government entities, and the broader academic community. Our foundation rests on responsible research that informs impactful policies and practices, while our solutions are built upon organizational practices that hold societal benefits at their core.

Our dynamic team comprises project managers, software engineers, and technology researchers who embrace lean, agile, and action-oriented design approaches. We excel in helping our partners envision future possibilities, articulate technical specifications, and proof of concept.

Preparing You for the Future

Whether you are an individual seeking to upskill or an organization aiming to stay ahead of the curve. UNOVA offers a comprehensive range of resources and programs designed to meet your unique needs. Our expert led training, workshops, and educational initiatives will empower you with the practical skills and insights required to navigate the complexities of the digital age.

Our Commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Our work aligns with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to create a positive and lasting impact on our communities and the world. By embracing the SDGs, we are committed to driving change and contributing to a sustainable future. Through our initiatives, projects, and collaborations, we strive to address global challenges and empower individuals and communities to thrive.

We recognize the Interconnectedness of the SDGs and the importance of taking a holistic approach to achieve meaningful results. With a deep sense of responsibility, we champion the SDGs, leveraging their framework to guide our work and maximize our positive influence. Together, we can make a difference and create a better world in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.

Our Research in the News

The Solutions for ASEAN One (SFA1) research project is an initiative of the University of New South Wales  ASEAN  Society  (UAS) in partnership  with  UNSW  UNOVA. It unpacks  the challenges for ASEAN as a region in leveraging technology and digital solutions to achieve economic development and empowerment in order to deliver positive social impact to ASEAN Member States’ governments, businesses, and people.

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Tradable permits and carbon taxes are two market-based instruments commonly considered by policymakers to regulate pollutions. While a tax is fixed, predetermined by authorities, the uncertain permits price is driven by market dynamics, fluctuating with the prices of natural gas and electricity. Both instruments offer firms different incentives for adopting clean technologies. This paper explores the optimal investment timing when a coal-fired plant owner considers introducing clean technologies in face of these two policies using a real options approach. We find that tradable permits could effectively trigger adopting clean technologies at a considerably lower level of carbon price relative to a tax policy. Higher levels of volatility in permit prices are likely to induce suppliers to take early actions to hedge against carbon risks. Thus, offset and other price control mechanisms, which are designed to reduce permit prices or to suppress prices volatility, are likely to delay clean technology investments.

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A successful development agenda requires inclusive partnerships — at the global, regional, national and local levels — built upon principles and values, and upon a shared vision and shared goals placing people and the planet at the centre. Many countries require Official Development Assistance to encourage growth and trade. Yet, aid levels are falling and donor countries have not lived up to their pledge to ramp up development finance. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the global economy is projected to contract sharply, by 3 per cent, in 2020, experiencing its worst recession since the Great Depression.


Strong international cooperation is needed now more than ever to ensure that countries have the means to recover from the pandemic, build back better and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.


Enhance the global partnership for sustainable development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, to support the achievement of the sustainable development goals in all countries, in particular developing countries

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Design Thinking, Serious Play and Simulation Games in Classrooms

The social side of e-commerce                    

Dr Felix Tan is creating the best learning environment possible at UNSW Business School, introducing a gamified approach to studying logistics, manufacturing scenarios, and product distribution in his classroom. These simulation games bridge the gap between theory and reality.

‘When students are playing the game they are in a simulated competitive marketplace. Groups take the role of companies and compete against each other to get the highest profit margin and market share.’

Every year, for the foreseeable future, another 30 million Chinese will go online to shop, according to a new Boston Consulting Group report. Pushed by a government-subsidised rollout of internet – and poor bricks-and-mortar retailers – China could become the world’s biggest e-commerce market within four years.

And while you’d imagine the online revolution taking hold largely in China’s eastern metropolises, it is also in some of the remotest locations, like a number of villages and counties in the Zhejiang Province, that e-commerce is being used to better the lives of the most digitally excluded segments of society.

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Meet Our Executive Team

Head, School of Information Systems and Technology Management
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Founder & Co-director, UNOVA
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Executive Director, UNOVA
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Dr Eric Lim, School of Information Systems and Technology Management, UNSW Business School
Research Manager, UNOVA
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Education Manager, UNOVA
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Vincent Pang, PhD, School of Information Systems and Technology Management
Technology Manager, UNOVA
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Assistant Manager, UNOVA
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