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Chris Pettit

Professor of Urban Science, Associate Director City Futures, Smart Cities Director CRCSI - City Futures Research Centre, City Analytics, Smart Cities

PhD(Plan) (Qld), MRTP (Qld), PostDipGIS (Qld), BRTP(Hons) (Qld)


Phone +61 2 9385 4826




Room 2024

Building Red Centre West Wing

Campus Kensington


Professor Pettit is the inaugural Chair of Urban Science at the University of New South Wales (2015), being previously at the University Melbourne (2011-2015). The State Government of Victoria, (2004-2011) and RMIT University (2002-2004).  He is responsible for the Digital Cities course at UNSW. He previously developed the Urban Informatics course at the University of Melbourne  and was the lead author on the ESRI online virtual campus course in GIS and Planning which attracted more than 3,000 students between 2000 and 2010. His educational background has been focussed specifically on the fields of spatial planning and GIS at the undergraduate and postgraduate level.  His Ph.D. examined the using of GIS and mapping technologies for undertaking scenario planning at the land parcel level across municipalities.  Professor Pettit is closely involved with a number of professional organisations.  He is a member of the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI) and the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA).

Internationally, Professor Pettit is a board member of the International advisory board for the “Geo for All” initiative. He is co-Chair of the “Geo for All” Urban Science and City Data Thematic, Co-Chair of the Research Data Alliance (RDA) International Interest Group on Urban Quality of Life Indicators and the Co-Chair of the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) Technical Commission II Working Group on Geographical Visualization and Virtual Reality.