Lecturer in Public Policy, University of Melbourne

Kris Hartley is a Lecturer in Public Policy at the University of Melbourne School of Social and Political Sciences, where he researches urbanization in Asia with a focus on technology and environment. He is also a Nonresident Fellow for Global Cities at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and holds research affiliations at the Center for New Structural Economics at Peking University, the Institute of Water Policy at National University of Singapore, and the Center for Government Competitiveness at Seoul National University.

Kris previously served as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Public Policy in Kazakhstan, and Visiting Lecturer in the Department of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University. He has also held academic appointments throughout Asia, including Visiting Researcher at the University of Hong Kong, Visiting Lecturer in economics at Vietnam National University, Visiting Researcher at Seoul National University, Visiting Research Fellow at the University of the Philippines, and research and teaching assistant at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore.

With over a decade of public and private sector experience, Kris has worked with central and local government agencies in the United States, New Zealand, and Thailand, research institutes in Japan, China, South Korea, and Singapore, and community development corporations in California. He has consulted on a variety of topics including urban growth strategies, transportation planning, earthquake recovery, and infrastructure asset management. His projects are connected by the overarching theme of new public policy models for the 21st century.

Kris has published academic articles and book chapters on a range of topics including environmental management, economic growth, and good governance. He has also disseminated his ideas through the media, authoring over 100 press articles and commentaries in publications such as CNN, Huffington Post, China Daily, Channel NewsAsia, The Diplomat, The Straits Times, and Bangkok Post, among others, and he regularly delivers presentations at academic conferences around the world.

An avid global traveler, Kris has visited over 50 countries and resided in ten on three continents. He received a B.A. in classics (Phi Beta Kappa) from the University of Tennessee, an M.B.A. from Baylor University, a Master of City Planning from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the National University of Singapore. Kris is originally from Nashville, Tennessee.


  • –present
    Lecturer in City and Regional Planning, Cornell University


  • 2016 
    National University of Singapore, PhD in Public Policy