Researcher

Professor Christopher James Pettit

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.

My Expertise

urban analytics,
city planning,
smart cities,
spatial sciences

 

Biography

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...view more
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.
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