Department of Political Science

Binita Mahato

Binita Mahato Assistant Professor
8048 Haley Center
(334) 844-9057

Office Hours

  • By appointment


Binita Mahato is an assistant professor in Auburn University’s Community Planning Program. She completed her PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from the School of Planning, University of Cincinnati (Summer 2020). Binita has a master’s degree in Community Planning (2015) from the University of Cincinnati and a bachelor’s degree in Architecture (2011) from Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST), Shibpur, India.
Binita has worked as an architect for two years and has work experiences with Cincinnati Area Geographic Information System (CAGIS), Niehoff Urban Studio and Institute of Policy Research at University of Cincinnati. She has been a research fellow for the Communication in Urban Environments (CUE) research initiative by Fruth and Gemini Foundation, University of Cincinnati. Alongside, she has worked as an Editorial Assistant for the Journal of Children, Youth and Environment and has taught urban planning and urban design studios at School of Planning, University of Cincinnati.
Binita’s research interest lies in investigating the relationship between space and society using qualitative and interpretive research methods. Her dissertation focuses on the manifestation of social class relations over the use of public spaces in Kolkata, India. She has also worked on several other research projects on measuring the robustness of neighborhood business district and diversity of urban parks in Cincinnati. Binita has Urban Design and GIS certificates and likes to use her design and GIS skills to illustrate complex urban phenomena through communicative visuals.

Representative Publications

Journal Articles

Mehta, Vikas and Binita Mahato. 2020. "Designing Urban Parks for Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity." Journal of Urbanism.

Kickert, Conrad, Rainer vom Hofe, Tigran Haas, Wen Zhang, and Binita Mahato. 2020. "Spatial Dynamics of Long-Term Urban Retail Decline in Three Transatlantic Cities." Cities 107: 102918-102918.

Mehta, Vikas and Binita Mahato. 2019. "Measuring the Robustness of Neighbourhood Business Districts." Journal of Urban Design 24 (1): 99-118.


Book Reviews

Mahato, Binita. 2018. Who Cleans the Park? Public Work and Urban Governance in New York City, by John Krinsky and Maud Simonet. Vol. 40. Newark: Taylor & Francis Ltd


Thesis/ Dissertation

Mahato, Binita "Social Class and Public Space: An Empirical Study of Class Relations in New Market Square, Kolkata, India." Electronic Thesis or Dissertation. University of Cincinnati, 2020.

Mahato, Binita "Recreating Urban Density through Public Transportation- A Case Study of Bordeaux, France." Electronic Thesis or Dissertation. University of Cincinnati, 2015.

Classes Taught

  • CPLN 7200: Urban Design Studio

  • CPLN 7610: Synthesis Studio

  • CPLN 6110/5110: Urban Design Methods

  • CPLN 6460/5460: GIS for Planning and Policy

  • CPLN 6970/5970: Special Topics (Urban Form and Urbanity)

  • CPLN 6110/5110: Sustainable Urbanism and Smart Growth (Green Infrastructure)

  • POLI 2120: Cities and Urbanization

Last Updated: November 12, 2020