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The Shell Center for Sustainability's mission is to foster an interdisciplinary program of research, outreach, and education to address actions that can be taken to ensure the sustainable development of communities' living standards, interpreted broadly, to encompass all factors affecting the overall quality of life.

Dr. Peter Hartley

George and Cynthia Mitchell Chair in Sustainable Development and Environmental Economics
Professor of Economics
Department of Economy
Rice University

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Peter Hartley grew up in Australia. He completed an honors degree in mathematics in 1974, and a Masters Degree in Economics in 1977, at the Australian National University. From 1975-77, he worked for the Priorities Review Staff and the Economic Division of the Prime Minister's Department in the Australian Government. He obtained a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago in 1980. From 1980 to 1986 he was an Assistant Professor of Economics at Princeton University. He was an Associate Professor of Economics at Rice University from 1986–1993, when he was promoted to Full Professor. He was chair of the Department of Economics at Rice from 2000–2005 and Academic Director of the Shell Center for Sustainability at Rice from 2007–2010. Peter is also a Rice Scholar of the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, where he is affiliated with the Energy Studies Program. He was awarded the George and Cynthia Mitchell chair in Sustainable Development in the economics department in 2007. Peter also is currently Professor at Large in the Institute of Advanced Studies at the University of Western Australia. His research has covered a number of areas, but has recently focused on energy economics. With regard to sustainability, he is interested in the long-term transition of the economy to renewable energy sources and the relationship between energy use and its environmental impacts.

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