BHP Billiton Professor, University of Western Australia

Peter Hartley obtained first class honors in mathematics in 1974, and a Masters Degree in Economics in 1977, at the Australian National University, and a PhD degree in Economics at the University of Chicago in 1980. He is currently the George and Cynthia Mitchell Professor of Economics at Rice University in Houston, Texas. He is also a Rice Scholar of the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University, where he is affiliated with the Energy Studies Program.

He is also currently a visiting Professor at the University of Western Australia in Perth, where he holds the BHP Billiton Chair in the Business of Resources. Peter is the Immediate Past President of the US Association for Energy Economics, and is currently a member of the Council of the International Association for Energy Economics.

Peter previously worked for the Priorities Review Staff and the Prime Minister's Department in Canberra, Princeton University, and the Tasman Institute in Melbourne. He also has held visiting positions at Monash University, the University of Melbourne, and the Australian National University. He has also advised governments and private firms on energy, electricity re-structuring, infrastructure development, and environmental issues.


  • 2012–present
    Professor of Economics, Rice University


  • 1980 
    University of Chicago, PhD