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Jay Mittal

Jay Mittal

Associate Professor

Political Science

Jay Mittal

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8020 Haley Center

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PhD, University of Cincinnati

MBA, University of Cincinnati

Master of Technology, CEPT University, India

Bachelor of Architecture, Lucknow University, India

About Me

Jay Mittal is an associate professor in the Master of Community Planning Program (MCP) at Auburn University. He brings over 22 years of professional experience in private consulting, research and academic settings. Prior to joining Auburn, he taught at the University of Cincinnati (UC) in the planning program, and in the real estate development program at Carl Lindner College of Business at UC. Mittal received a prestigious fellowship from the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Cambridge, MA, for his doctoral research, and has published in notable planning and real estate journals, including Environment & Planning, Habitat International, Journal of Sustainable Real Estate, Real Estate Finance, and Journal of Urban Planning & Development. He is frequently invited to speak at major academic and professional meetings and peer institutions in the Americas, India, China and Europe.

Mittal was professionally engaged with Colliers International, a commercial real estate firm in Cincinnati; with the City of Cincinnati and Hamilton County’s GIS department (CAGIS); and, also with the Cincinnati-based law firm Manley Burke LLP while pursuing his doctoral studies. Professionally, he also worked on the “UNCHS Global Best Practices” awarded and USAID funded Inner City Revitalization plans for two cities. He worked on a statutory development plan for Ahmadabad, India, and conducted feasibility studies for two hotel properties including a major site selection and land transaction for a 350-room hotel property in India. He conceptualized a private real estate academy (RESMA) and had a significant role in the road network planning for the city of Ahmadabad in strategizing a phasing plan for new developments, and alignment planning of a 48-mile Ring Road. His research and teaching interests include local economic development, land value capture, land markets, real estate valuation, market analysis, and plan-making both in the United States and in India. He holds membership in American Planning Association (APA), American Real Estate Society (ARES), European Real Estate Society (ERES) and Institute of Town Planners, India (ITPI).

Research Interests

local economic development, land value capture, land markets, real estate valuation, market analysis


Book Chapters

  • Mittal, Jay, L. Forson and S. Byahut 2019. “Creating Higher Density Property Development Opportunities in Fringe Areas of Surat – A Case of Surat Outer Ring-Road using Land Readjustment and Density Bonuses,” in Das et al. ed., “Real Estate in South Asia,” Routledge, UK.
  • Byahut, S. and J Mittal. 2019. (Accepted Chapter) “Can Haphazard Growth in Urban Villages be Planned? Evidence from the Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar Region in India.” in S. Sen et al. ed. book titled, Smart Village Technology: Concepts and Design - Modelling and Optimization in Science and Technology. Springer.
  • Mittal, Jay, and S. Byahut. 2019 (Chapter Submitted). “An analysis of planning initiatives and best practices in Ahmadabad” accepted in D. Rukmana ed., “Planning Megacities in the Global South,” Routledge, T&F.

Journal Articles

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.

Invited Lectures

  • School of Architecture, Universidad de San Francisco, Quito, Ecuador (Dec 17, 2016)
  • RICS School of Built Environment, Amity University, Noida, India (Mar 2017; Dec 17, 2014)
  • Faculty of Technology, CEPT University, Ahmadabad, India (Dec 15, 2014)
  • Dept. of Community & Regional Planning, Iowa State University, Ames, IA (Apr 25, 2014)
  • College of Architecture, Planning & Landscape, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ (Feb 14, 2014)
  • Peking University, Beijing, China (Mar 28, 2012)
  • Ball State University, Department of Urban Planning, Muncie, IN (Mar 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)
  • School of Design & Environment, National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore (Apr, 2001)

Select Conference Presentations

  • 26th European Real Estate Society (ERES) Conference. Cergy-Pontoise Cedex, France (Jul 3-6, 2019)
  • Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP) conference, Venice, Italy (Jul 9-13, 2019).
  • 20th Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty, The World Bank, Washington DC. (Mar 25-29, 2019)
  • 12th World Congress of the RSAI, Goa, India. (May 29 - June 1, 2018)
  • 12th Property Law & Property Rights (PLPR) Conference, Univ. of Novi Sad, Serbia. (Feb 19-23, 2018).
  • 24th European Real Estate Society (ERES) Conference, TU Delft, Netherlands. (Jun 28–Jul 1, 2017).
  • 2017 Baltic Geodetic Congress, Gdansk University of Technology, Gdansk, Poland. (Jun 22-25, 2017).
  • 4th World Planning Schools Congress, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Jul 3- 8, 2016)
  • 25th Baltic Valuation Conference, Tallinn, Estonia (Sep 17-19, 2015).
  • 15th ESRI India User Conference, Delhi, India (Dec 9-11, 2014).
  • 21st European Real Estate Society (ERES) Conference, Bucharest, Romania (Jun 25-28, 2014).
  • Habitat University Network Initiative, UNHABITAT, 7th World Urban ForumMedellin, Colombia (Apr10, 2014).
  • Joint American & European Collegiate Schools of Planning Congress, Dublin, Ireland (Jul 15- 19, 2013).
  • 32nd ESRI International User Conference (ESRI UC), San Diego, CA, USA (Jul 26, 2012).
  • 3rd International Conference of Regional Science Association (RSAI), Beijing, China (Apr 1, 2012).
  • Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) Conference, USA (Since 2009 onward)
  • 106th National Planning Conference of American Planning Association, Atlanta, GA (Apr 26-30, 2014).
  • 60th Annual North American Meetings of the Regional Science Association International, Atlanta, GA.
  • Annual American Real Estate Society (ARES) Meetings, USA (Since 2011 -- alternative Year)

Courses Taught

  • CPLN 6050/5050: Land and Urban Economics
  • CPLN 6090/5090: Real Estate Principles
  • RDEV 7236: Real Estate Market Analysis
  • CPLN 6460/5460: GIS for Planning and Policy
  • CPLN 7600: Synthesis (Capstone Studio)