Kris Hartley

Graduate School of Public Policy

Kris Hartley

Visiting Assistant Professor (Graduate School of Public Policy)


Ph.D., Public Policy, 2016, National University of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Master of City Planning, 2010, University of California, Berkeley

Master of Business Administration, 2006, Baylor University


Kris Hartley joins the Graduate School of Public Policy as a Visiting Assistant Professor for Fall 2017. He is currently a Lecturer in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne, and was previously a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University. Kris 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 (Peking University), the Institute of Water Policy (NUS), and the Center for Government Competitiveness (Seoul National University). With over a decade of public and private sector experience, he has worked with central and local government agencies in the United States, New Zealand, and Thailand. He has consulted on a variety of topics including urban growth strategy, transport planning, earthquake recovery, and infrastructure asset management. In addition to his academic research, Kris frequently disseminates his ideas through the media, having authored over 100 press articles and commentaries in venues such as CNN, The Independent (UK), Huffington Post, Quartz, China Daily, and The Straits Times. At GSPP, Kris teaches Research Design for Ph.D. students, and executive education courses on public management and urban planning. His research area is urban policy, with a focus on technology and economic development in Asia.