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Christopher Pettit

Professor of Urban Science, UNSW Sydney

Professor Pettit is the inaugural Chair of Urban Science at the University of New South Wales, Director of the newly launched City Analytics Postgraduate Program ( and Associate Director of the City Futures Research Centre ( His expertise is in the convergence of the fields of urban planning and Geographical Information Sciences (GIS). For the last 20 years, he has been undertaking research and development in the use of spatial information and mapping technologies for envisioning what if? scenarios across both urban and regional landscapes. His recent interests also span into applications, development and the critique of geographical visualization tools including, advanced spatial decision support systems and city dashboards.


  • 2015–2017
    Professor of Urban Science, City Futures Research Centre, UNSW
  • 2011–2015
    Associate Professor, University of Melbourne