Professor Pettit is the inaugural Chair of Urban Science at the University of New South Wales (2015) Director of the newly launched City Analytics Postgraduate Program (https://www.be.unsw.edu.au/postgraduate-degrees/city-analytics/how-apply) and Associate Director of the City Futures Research Centre (https://cityfutures.be.unsw.edu.au/research/city-analytics/).
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 GIS and mapping technologies for creating what if? land-use change scenarios at the land parcel level across municipalities and cities. His recent interests also spans into applications, development and critique of geographical visualisation tools including City Dashboards.