People

Professor Christopher Pettit

Research Centre Staff, City Futures Research Centre, Smart Cities
With the rise of the Internet of Things, big data and AI, it’s vital our city-shaping professions can critically understand the potentials and pitfalls of engaging with disruptive technologies. My research aims to bridge the digital divide, so policy planners and decision-makers etc can make better informed decisions using advanced analytics, models and simulations.
 
What makes this research unique is that we put people first, and then establish which data, tools and technologies can add value to city shaping processes. My work has enabled me to create data-assisted city-wide scenarios of urban growth and change that have been applied in major urban areas across Australia.
 
As the creator of the Master of City Analytics Program, I’m passionate about upskilling the next generation in taking a systems-thinking approach to city planning and design. By geodesigning our cities together, we can tackle the big challenges of urbanisation and climate change while creating equitable and liveable cities to be proud of.
Room: 
2024
Building: 
Red Centre West Wing
Phone: 
0422301832
Bio: 
Professor Pettit is the inaugural Chair of Urban Science at the University of New South Wales (2015), being previously at the University Melbourne (20011-2015). 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.
Publications:
Books

Geertman S; Zhan Q; Allan A; Pettit C, 2019, Preface

Book Chapters

Lock O; Pinnegar S; Zarpelon Leao S; Pettit C, 2020, 'The making of a mega-region: evaluating and proposing long-term transport planning strategies with open-source data and transport accessibility tools', in Geertman S; Stillwell J (ed.), Handbook of Planning Support Science, Edward Elgar Publishing, http://dx.doi.org/10.4337/9781788971089.00039

Hawken S; Han H; Pettit C, 2020, 'Introduction: Open Data and the Generation of Urban Value', in Hawken S; Han H; Pettit C (ed.), Open Cities | Open Data: Collaborative Cities in the Information Era, Palgrave Macmillan Springer, Singapore, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-6605-5_1

Hawken S; Leao SZ; Gudes O; Izadpanahi P; Viswanath K; Pettit C, 2020, 'Safer Cities for Women: Global and Local Innovations with Open Data and Civic Technology', in Hawken S; Han H; Pettit C (ed.), Open Cities | Open Data: Collaborative Cities in the Information Era., Springer, Singapore, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-6605-5_4

Tomko M; Galang G; Bayliss C; Koetsier J; Greenwood P; Voorsluys W; Mannix D; Sarwar S; Widjaja I; Pettit C; Sinnott R, 2019, 'Designing Adaptable Spatial Cyberinfrastructure for Urban eResearch', in Wang S; Goodchild MF (ed.), CYBERGIS FOR GEOSPATIAL DISCOVERY AND INNOVATION, SPRINGER, pp. 53 - 69, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-94-024-1531-5_4

Pettit C; Hawken S; Ticzon C; Nakanishi H, 2019, 'Geodesign — A tale of three cities', in Computational urban planning and management for smart cities, pp. 139 - 161, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-19424-6_9

Afrooz A; Ding L; Pettit C, 2019, 'An immersive 3D virtual environment to support collaborative learning and teaching', in Computational urban planning and management for smart cities, pp. 267 - 282, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-19424-6_15

Giles-Corti B; Gunn L; Hooper P; Boulange C; Diomedi BZ; Pettit C; Foster S, 2019, 'Built Environment and Physical Activity', in Nieuwenhuijsen M; Khreis H (ed.), Integrating Human Health into Urban and Transport Planning A Framework, Springer, Dordrecht, pp. 347 - 381, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-74983-9

Tomko M; Galang G; Bayliss C; Koetsier J; Greenwood P; Voorsluys W; Mannix D; Sarwar S; Widjaja I; Pettit C; Sinnott R, 2019, 'Designing Adaptable Spatial Cyberinfrastructure for Urban eResearch', in Wang S; Goodchild MF (ed.), , Springer, Dordrecht, pp. 53 - 69, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-94-024-1531-5

Pettit C; Wentz E; Randolph B; Sanderson D; Kelly F; Reades J, 2019, 'Tackling the Challenge of Growing Cities: An Informed Urbanisation Approach', in Hawken S; Han C; Pettit C (ed.), Open Cities and Open Data: Collaborative Cities in the Information Era, Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-6605-5_9

Zarpelon Leao S; Gaudou B; Pettit C, 2018, 'An Agent-based Model for High-density Urban Redevelopment Under Varied Market and Planning Contexts', in Reed R; Pettit C (ed.), Real Estate and GIS: The Application of Mapping Technologies, edn. 1st, Routledge, New York, pp. 116 - 139

Giles-Corti B; Gunn L; Hooper P; Boulange C; Diomedi BZ; Pettit C; Foster S, 2018, 'Built environment and physical activity', in Integrating Human Health into Urban and Transport Planning: A Framework, pp. 347 - 381, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-74983-9_18

Pettit C; Ticzon C; Reades J; Wentz EA; Ong P; Martin C; Troy L; Crommelin L, 2018, 'How Disruptive Technology is Impacting the Housing and Property Markets: An Examination of Airbnb', in Reed R; Pettit C (ed.), Real Estate and GIS: The Application of Mapping Technologies, Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 36 - 64, https://www.routledge.com/Real-Estate-and-GIS-The-Application-of-Mapping-Technologies/Reed-Pettit/p/book/9781138187986

Randolph B; Eslami Afrooz A; Pettit C, 2018, 'Residential Intensification and Housing Demand: A Case Study of Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne', in Reed R; Pettit C (ed.), Real Estate and GIS: The Application of Mapping Technologies, edn. 1st, Routledge, London, pp. 12 - 35, http://dx.doi.org/10.1201/9781315642789

Eslami Afrooz A; Lowe R; Zarpelon Leao S; Pettit C, 2018, '3D and Virtual Reality for Supporting Redevelopment Assessment', in Reed R; Pettit C (ed.), Real Estate and GIS The Application of Mapping Technologies, edn. 1st, Routledge, New York, pp. 162 - 185, http://dx.doi.org/10.1201/9781315642789

Lieske SN; van den Nouwelant RM; Han H; Pettit C, 2018, 'Modelling Value Uplift on Future Transport Infrastructure', in Reed R; Pettit C (ed.), Real Estate and GIS, Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 80 - 98, http://dx.doi.org/10.1201/9781315642789

Pettit C; Zarpelon Leao S, 2017, 'Dashboard', in Schintler L; McNeely C (ed.), The Encyclopedia of Big Data, Springer, Cham, pp. 1 - 7, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-32001-4_295-1

Zarpelon Leao S; Huynh N; Taylor A; Pettit C; Perez P, 2017, 'Evolution of a Synthetic Population and Its Daily Mobility Patterns Under Spatial Strategies for Urban Growth', in Geertman S; Allan A; Pettit C; Stillwell J (ed.), Planning Support Science for Smarter Urban Futures, edn. Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography, Springer, Cham, pp. 399 - 417, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57819-4_22

Boulange C; Pettit C; Giles-Corti B, 2017, 'The Walkability Planning Support System: An Evidence-Based Tool to Design Healthy Communities', in Geertman S; Allan A; Pettit C; Stillwell J (ed.), Planning Support Science for Smarter Urban Futures, Springer, Dordrecht, pp. 153 - 165, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57819-4_9

Geertman S; Allan A; Pettit C; Stillwell J, 2017, 'Introduction to "Planning Support Science for Smarter Urban Futures"', in Geertman S; Allan S; Pettit C; Stillwell J (ed.), Planning Support Science for Smarter Urban Futures, Springer, pp. 1 - 19, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57819-4

Leao SZ; Pettit C, 2017, 'Mapping Bicycling Patterns with an Agent-Based Model, Census and Crowdsourced Data', in Namazi-Rad M-R; Padgham L; Perez P; Nagel K; Bazzan A (ed.), Agent Based Modelling of Urban Systems First International Workshop, ABMUS 2016, Held in Conjunction with AAMAS, Singapore, Singapore, May 10, 2016, Revised, Selected, and Invited Papers, Springer, Dordrecht, pp. 112 - 128, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-51957-9_7

Pettit C; Tice A; Randolph B, 2017, 'Using an Online Spatial Analytics Workbench for Understanding Housing Affordability in Sydney', in Thakuriah P; Tilahun N; Zellner M (ed.), SEEING CITIES THROUGH BIG DATA: RESEARCH, METHODS AND APPLICATIONS IN URBAN INFORMATICS, SPRINGER INTERNATIONAL PUBLISHING AG, pp. 233 - 255, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-40902-3_14

Goodspeed R; Pelzer P; Pettit C, 2017, 'Planning our Future Cities: The Role Computer Technologies Can Play', in Sanchez T (ed.), Planning Knowledge and Research, Routledge (Taylor & Francis), New York, pp. 210 - 226, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315308715

Perez P; Banos A; Pettit C, 2017, 'Agent-Based Modelling for Urban Planning: Current Limitations and Future Trends', in Namazi-Rad M-R; Padgham L; Perez P; Nagel K; Bazzan A (ed.), , Springer, Dordrecht, pp. 60 - 69, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-51957-9_4

Pettit CJ; Tice A; Randolph B, 2016, 'Using an Online Spatial Analytics Workbench for Understanding Housing Affordability in Sydney', in Thakuriah P; Tilahun N; Zellner M (ed.), Seeing Cities Through Big Data: Research, Methods and Applications in Urban Informatics, edn. Springer Geography, Springer International Publishing, pp. 233 - 255, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-40902-3

Pettit C; Barton J; Goldie X; Sinnott R; Stimson R; Kvan T, 2015, 'The Australian Urban Intelligence Network Supporting Smart Cities', in Geertman S; Ferreira J; Goodspeed R; Stillwell J (ed.), Planning Support Systems and Smart Cities, Springer, Dordrecht, pp. 243 - 259, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-18368-8_13

Russo P; Costabile FM; Lanzilotti R; Pettit CJ, 2015, 'Usability of Planning Support Systems: An Evaluation Framework', in Geertman S; Stillwell J; Ferreira J; Goodspeed R (ed.), Planning Support Systems and Smart Cities, Springer International Publishing, Switzerland, pp. 337 - 353, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-18368-8_18

Pettit CJ; Klosterman RE; Nino-Ruiz M; Widjaja M; Tomko I; Sinnott R, 2013, 'The Online What if? Planning Support System', in Geertman S; Toppen F; Stillwell J (ed.), Planning Support Systems for Sustainable Urban Development, edn. 199649, Springer, Germany, pp. 349 - 362, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-37533-0_20

Olfat H; Rajabifard A; Kalantari M; Pettit CJ, 2013, 'Design and Development of a Spatial Metadata Automation Framework Applied in Australia', in Onsrud H; Rajabifard A (ed.), Spatial Enablement in Support of Economic Development and Poverty Reduction: Research, Development and Education Perspectives, GSDI Association Press, pp. 37 - 62, http://www.gsdi.org/gsdiconf/gsdi14/documents/GSDI14Book.pdf

Pettit CJ; Russo P; Coltekin A; Imhof M; Bayliss C, 2013, 'Understanding Soil Acidification Process using Animation and Text: An Empirical User Evaluation with Eye Tracking', in Buchroithner M; Prechtel N; Burghardt D (ed.), Cartography from Pole to Pole: Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography, Springer, Berlin, Germany, pp. 431 - 448, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-32618-9_31

Aurambout JP; Sheth F; Bishop I; Sharma S; Pettit CJ, 2012, 'Simplifying Climate Change Communication: An Application of Data Visualization at the Regional and Local Scale', in Moore A; Drecki I (ed.), Geospatial Visualisation, Springer Science & Business Media, Heidelberg, Berlin, pp. 119 - 136, http://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783642122880

Bennett R; Senot H; Pettit CJ; Aurambout JP; Sheth F; Soste L; Sposito V, 2012, 'Using Digital Globes to Visualize Climate Change Impact', in Shi W; Goodchild M; Lees B; Leung Y (ed.), Advances in Geo-Spatial Information Science, CRC Press, London, pp. 205 - 218

Pettit CJ; Imhof M; Cox M; Lewis H; Harvey W; Sheth F; Aurambout JP, 2012, 'An Online Geographical Visualisation Portal for Communicating and Sharing Natural Resource Information', in Shi W; Goodchild M; Lees B; Leung Y (ed.), Advances in Geo-Spatial Information Science, CRC Press, London, pp. 205 - 218

Pettit CJ; Aurambout J-P; Sheth F; Sposito VJ; O'Leary G; Eckard R; Uotila P, 2010, 'Using Google Earth to Visualise Climate Change Scenarios in South West Victoria', in Jubb I; Holper P; Cai W (ed.), Managing Climate Change: Paper from the Greenhouse 2009 Conference, CSIRO PUBLISHING, Collingwood Victoria, pp. 259 - 272, http://www.publish.csiro.au/pid/6355.htm

Stock C; Bishop ID; Pettit CJ, 2009, 'Collaborating on Climate Change in 3D Landscapes', in Hindsworth MF; Lang TB (ed.), Community Participation and Empowerment, Nova Science Publishers, New York, pp. 287 - 304

Pettit CJ; Wyatt R, 2009, 'A Planning Support System Toolkit Approach for Formulating and Evaluating Land-use Change Scenarios', in Geertman S; Stillwell J (ed.), Planning Support Systems Best Practice and New Methods, edn. 95, SPRINGER, Berlin, pp. 69 - 90, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-8952-7_4

Williams S; Pettit CJ; Hunter DC; Cherry D, 2009, 'A Prototype Metadata Tool for Land Use Change and Impact Models: A Case Study in Regional Victoria, Australia', in van Loenen B; Besemer JW J; Zevenbergen JA (ed.), Spacial Data Infrastructure Convergence: Research, Emerging Trends, and Critical Assessment, NCG, Nederlandse Commissie voor Geodesie, Netherlands Geodetic Commission, Netherlands, pp. 137 - 150, http://www.gsdi.org/gsdiconf/gsdi11/SDICnvrgncBook.pdf

Pettit CJ; Cartwright W; Bishop W; Lowell K; Pullar D; Duncan D, 2008, 'Understanding Landscapes through Knowledge Management Frameworks, Spatial Models, Decision Support Tools and Visualisation', in Pettit C; Cartwright W; Bishop I; Lowell K; Pullar D; Duncan D (ed.), Landscape Analysis and Visualisation: Spatial Models for Natural Resource Management and Planning, edn. 9783540691679, Springer Science & Business Media, Berlin, pp. 3 - 16, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-69168-6

Pettit CJ; Wu Y, 2008, 'A Virtual Knowledge World for Natural Resource Management', in Pettit C; Cartwright W; Bishop I; Lowell K; Pullar D; Duncan D (ed.), Landscape Analysis and Visualisation: Spatial Models for Natural Resource Management and Planning, edn. 9783540691679, Springer Science & Business Media, Berlin, pp. 533 - 550, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-69168-6_26

Pettit CJ; Keysers CJ; Bishop ID; Klosterman R, 2008, 'Applying the What if? Planning Support System for Better Planning at the Urban Fringe', in Pettit C; Cartwright W; Bishop I; Lowell K; Pullar D; Duncan D (ed.), Landscape Analysis and Visualisation: Spatial Models for Natural Resource Management and Planning, edn. 1, Springer Science & Business Media, Berlin, pp. 435 - 454, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-69168-6_21

Chen T; Stock C; Bishop I; Pettit CJ, 2008, 'Automated Generation of Enhanced Virtual Environments for Collaborative Decision Making Via a Live Link to GIS', in Pettit C; Cartwright W; Bishop I; Lowell K; Pullar D; Duncan D (ed.), Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography, edn. 9783540691679, Springer Science & Business Media, Berlin, pp. 571 - 589, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-69168-6_28

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