Peter Hartley


  • The University of Western Australia (M251), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Originally from the North Coast of NSW, I attended Richmond River High School in Lismore. I was awarded a National Undergraduate Scholarship to attend ANU, where I completed a degree in Pure Mathematics with First Class Honors, with Applied Mathematics and Statistics as minors. Upon graduation, I joined the Priorities Review Staff and then the Economic Division of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet while working on a Masters Degree in Economics at the ANU. After completing my PhD at the University of Chicago, I obtained an Assistant Professor position at Princeton University. I moved to Rice University as an Associate Professor of Economics in 1986 and was awarded the George & Cynthia Mitchell Chair in Economics in 2007. I served as Chair of the Department of Economics from 2000-2005. I have also held visiting positions at Monash University, the University of Melbourne and the ANU. I also worked for the Centre of Policy Studies at Monash University and the Tasman Institute in Melbourne, and the NZ Business Roundtable.

Roles and responsibilities

BHPBilliton Professor of Energy and Resource Economics
Expertise especially in energy and resource economics

Future research

Energy economics

Funding overview

James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy
McGovern Foundation
National Science Foundation
New Zealand Business Roundtable
Exxon-Mobil Corporation

Previous positions

George & Cynthia Mitchell Professor of Economics, Rice University, 2007-present
Professor of Economics, Rice University, 1993-2007
Associate Professor of Economics, Rice University, 1986-1993
Rice Scholar in Energy Studies, James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, Rice University, 1999-present
Academic Director, Shell Center for Sustainable Development, Rice University, 2007-2010
Professor at Large, UWA, 2011-2012
Assistant Professor, Princeton University, 1980-1986
Visiting Professor, University of Melbourne, 1996-1997
Visiting Professor, ANU, 1992-1995
Executive Director, Tasman Institute, Melbourne, 1996-1997
Visiting Professorial Fellow, Tasman Institute, Melbourne, 1990-1992
Visiting Professorial Fellow Centre of Policy Studies, Monash University, 1987-1989
Visiting Senior Research Fellow Centre of Policy Studies, Monash University, 1980-1986
Priorities Review Staff, Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet, 1975-1976
Economic Division, Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet, 1976-1977

Industrial relevance

I have served as a consultant to private firms and government entities in the energy industry or on energy industry matters.

Teaching overview

MGMT5615 Selected Topics in Management: Global Energy and Mineral Markets (2014)


Energy economics with a focus on natural gas and electricity
Environmental economics
Money, banking and household borrowing
Dynamic optimisation


Programming skills in MatLab and Stata

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth


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