Department of Political Science

Jay Mittal

Jay Mittal Assistant Professor, Community Planning
8020 Haley Center
(334) 844-8409

Office Hours

  • By appointment


Dr. Jay Mittal is an assistant professor in the graduate Community Planning program at Auburn and has a Ph.D. and an M.B.A. degree from the University of Cincinnati, OH. He also has a master’s degree in urban and regional planning and a bachelor’s in architecture degree from India. Mittal brings over 18 years of professional experience in private consulting, research and academic settings. Prior to joining Auburn, he taught at the University of Cincinnati in the School of Planning, DAAP and also in the Real Estate department at the Carl Lindner College of Business. Jay received prestigious doctoral fellowship from the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Cambridge, Massachusetts for his Ph.D. research, and has published and presented research in various national and international Universities and professional conferences on real estate, planning, regional science, and GIS topics. Jay has published in prestigious planning and real estate journals such as Habitat International, Journal of Sustainable Real Estate, and Real Estate Finance and is frequently invited to speak at various academic and professional meetings. Jay is a member of the American Planning Association (APA), academic member of the American Real Estate Society (ARES), and an associate member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI).

Professionally, he worked with Colliers Turley Martin Tucker (Cassidy Turley), a commercial real estate firm in Cincinnati; with the City of Cincinnati & Hamilton County’s GIS department (CAGIS); and, with the Cincinnati-based law firm Manley Burke LLP while pursuing his doctoral studies. He also worked as a core team member on the “UNCHS Global Best Practices” awarded and USAID funded Inner City Revitalization plans; conducted feasibility studies for two hotel properties in India including a major site selection and land transaction for five star hotel property. He also conceptualized a private real estate academy (RESMA); and had a major role in the road network planning in the city of Ahmadabad, India, and in strategizing phasing of new developments and alignment planning of a 48-mile ring road. As a project coordinator, he also led a team of planners and experts in preparing coastal regional development plan for more than 40 villages. His research interests are local economic development, land value capture, land markets and housing, and real estate advisory and plan-making both in


  • Ph.D. Regional Development Planning — University of Cincinnati, USA
  • MBA in Business — University of Cincinnati, USA
  • Masters of Technology in Urban and Regional Planning — CEPT University, India
  • Bachelors of Architecture — Lucknow University, India

Representative Publications


  • Mittal, Jay and S. Byahut. 2017. (Accepted). “Scenic Landscapes, Visual Accessibility and Premium Values in a Single Family Housing Market: A Spatial Hedonic Approach” Environment and Planning B : Urban Analytics and City Science, Sage.
  • Pradhan, R, M. Arvin, M.Nair, Jay Mittal and  N. Norman. 2017. “Telecommunications Infrastructure and Usage and the FDI-Growth Nexus: Evidence from Asian-21 Countries”  Information Tech for Development,  DOI:
  • Mittal, Jay and S. Byahut. 2016. “Value Capitalization Effects of Golf Courses, Waterfronts, Parks, Open Spaces and Green Landscapes: A Cross-Disciplinary Review”  Journal of Sustainable Real Estate,  Vol. 8, No. 1, 62-94. ARES.
  • Byahut, S. and Jay Mittal. 2016. “Using Land Readjustment in Rebuilding the Earthquake-Damaged City of Bhuj, India” Journal of Urban Planning and Development, 10.1061/(ASCE)UP.1943-5444.0000354 , 05016012, ASCE Journal.
  • Pradhan, R, M. Arvin, Jay Mittal and  S. Bahmani. 2016. “Relationships between Telecommunications Infrastructure, Capital Formation, and Economic Growth” International Journal of Technology Management, Vol. 70, Nos. 2/3: 157-176. DOI:
  • Mittal, Jay and A. Kashyap. 2015. “Real Estate Market Led Land Management Strategies for Regional Economic Corridors – A Tale of Two Mega Projects”Habitat International, Vol. 47: 205-217.  
  • Mittal, Jay. 2014. “Value Capitalization Effect of Protected Properties – A comparison of Conservation Easement with Mixed-Bag Open Spaces” Journal of Sustainable Real Estate, Vol. 6, No. 1 (2014): 23-46. ARES. (DOI: 10.5555/jsre.6.2.n063071x64v8m348)
  • Mittal, Jay. 2014. “Self-Financing Land and Urban Development via Land Readjustment and Value Capture” Habitat International, Vol. 44: 314-323. 
  • Mittal, Jay. 2013. “Extending Land Readjustment Schemes to Regional Scale: A Case of Regional Ring Road via Mosaicking Neighborhood Level Plans” Real Estate Finance, Vol. 30, No. 2: 62-73. Link:
  • Varady, D.P.; X. Wang and Jay Mittal. 2007. “Developing More Accurate Reasonable Rent Estimates in the U.S. Housing Choice Voucher Program”  Geography Research Forum, Vol. 27 : 52-69. 

Book Review

Mittal, Jay. 2008. Book Review of Jonathan A. Saidel, Marisa Waxman and Anthony Di Martino, Philadelphia: A New Urban Direction, Second Edition. (Philadelphia: St. Joseph‘s University Press, 2006) in Journal of Urban Affairs, Vol. 30, No.1: 105-106.

Professional Research Reports

Mittal, Jay. 2006. “Real Estate Development, Housing and Business Markets in Uptown Cincinnati” Chapter 3 in Michael Romanos et al. 2006. “Community Interactions and Collaborations Peer Institutional Study”, (Cincinnati: University of Cincinnati, 38-78) available from

Mittal, Jay. 2006. “Economic Development and the Impacts of Interventions on the Broader Urban Systems” Chapter 4 in Michael Romanos et al. 2006. “Community Interactions and Collaborations Peer Institutional Study”, (Cincinnati: University of Cincinnati, 79-92)

Mittal, Jay and Ajay Katuri. 2005. “Bhavnagar Vision 2020 Plan – A Gateway to Saurasthra”, (Bhavnagar: BMC-BADA).

Swamy, Shivanand and Jay Mittal. 2003. “Tenth Five-year Plan on Urban Development & Housing– Strategies and Programs for Urban Areas of Gujarat State,” Government of Gujarat.

Swamy, Shivanand and Jay Mittal. 2002. “Financing Urban Roads” for Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), New Delhi.

Swamy, Shivanand and Jay Mittal. 2002. “Land Disposition Strategy for Public Housing Agency using Development through Public-Private-Partnerships,” for Gujarat Housing Board, Government of Gujarat (2002)

Swamy, Shivanand, Jay Mittal and S Byahut. 2002. “Sub-regional Development Plan for Vagra-Dahej, Gujarat – A Comprehensive Regional Development Strategies and Plan for a Coastal Region” (2001-2002), Town Planning and Valuation Department, Government of Gujarat.

Report on “Reformulation of Development Plan for Fringe Area of Ahmadabad for 2011” with Patel et al. (2001) as a Coauthor, Ahmadabad Urban Development Authority.

Report on “Surat Old City Revitalization Plan” with Patel et al. (2001) as a Coauthor, Surat Municipal Corporation and USAID.

Report on “Ahmadabad Walled City Revitalization Plan” with Patel et al. (1998) as a Coauthor, Ahmadabad Municipal Corporation and USAID.

Invited Lectures

  • RICS School of Built Environment, Amity University, Noida, India. (Dec 17, 2014)
  • Faculty of Technology, CEPT University, Ahmadabad, India. (Dec 15, 2014)
  • Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, USA (Apr 25, 2014)
  • University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA (Feb 14, 2014)
  • Peking University, Beijing, China (Mar 28, 2012)
  • Ball State University, Department of Urban Planning, Muncie, Indiana, USA. 2011
  • Government of Orissa State, Bhubaneswar, India (July, 2005)
  • Town Division, Tata Steel (TATA Group), Jamshedpur City, India (Apr, 2004)
  • Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation, Government of Gujarat, India (May, 2004)
  • Non-Resident Indian Conference, Government of India, New Delhi, India (9-11 Jan, 2004)
  • National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore (Apr, 2001)

Conference Presentations

  • 25th Baltic Valuation Conference, Tallinn, Estonia (Sep 17-19, 2015).
  • 15th ESRI India User Conference, Delhi, India (Dec 9-11, 2014).
  • European Real Estate Society (ERES) 21st Annual Conference, Bucharest, Romania (June 25-28, 2014).
  • Habitat University Network Initiative, UNHABITAT, 7th World Urban Forum, Medellin, Colombia (Apr10, 2014).
  • Joint American and European Collegiate Schools of Planning Congress, Dublin, Ireland (July 15- 19, 2013).
  • 32nd Annual ESRI International User Conference (ESRI UC), San Diego, CA, USA (July 26, 2012).
  • 3rd International Conference of Regional Science Association (RSAI), Beijing, China (April 1, 2012).
  • Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) Conference, USA (Since 2009 every Year)
  • 106th National Planning Conference of American Planning Association, Atlanta, GA (April 26-30, 2014).
  • 60th Annual North American Meetings of the Regional Science Association International, Atlanta, GA.
  • Annual American Real Estate Society (ARES) Meeting, USA (Since 2011 every Year)

Classes Taught

  • CPLN 6050/5050 Urban Economics
  • CPLN 6090/5090 Real Estate Principles
  • RDEV 7236 Real Estate Market Analysis
  • CPLN 6460/5460 Digital Applications (GIS for Planners)
  • CPLN 7600 Capstone (Synthesis Studio)

Last Updated: January 17, 2017