Department of Political Science

Jay Mittal

Jay Mittal Associate Professor
8020 Haley Center
(334) 844-8409

Office Hours

  • By appointment


Dr. 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 at DAAP, and in the Real Estate development program at Carl Lindner College of Business at UC. Jay received 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: Environment & Planning B, Habitat International, J 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.

Jay was professionally engaged with Colliers International, a commercial real estate firm in Cincinnati; with the City of Cincinnati & 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 a six million population city of Ahmadabad for 2010, 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, India, in strategizing phasing plan for new developments, and alignment planning of a 48-mile Ring Road. His research and teaching interests are 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).


  • PhD (Regional Development Planning; Real Estate) — University of Cincinnati, USA
  • MBA — University of Cincinnati, USA
  • Master of Technology (Urban and Regional Planning) — CEPT University, India
  • Bachelor of Architecture — Lucknow University, India

Representative Publications


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

  • Mittal, Jay and S. Byahut. 2017. “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. DOI:
  • 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, Vol. 23, No. 2: 235-260 T & F. DOI:
  • Byahut, S. and Jay Mittal. 2017. “Using Land Readjustment in Rebuilding the Earthquake-Damaged City of Bhuj, India,” Journal of Urban Planning and Development, Vol. 143, No.1:. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)UP.1943-5444.0000354 , 05016012, ASCE Journal.
  • 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. DOI:
  • 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. Elsevier. DOI:
  • 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:
  • Mittal, Jay. 2014. “Self-Financing Land and Urban Development via Land Readjustment and Value Capture,” Habitat InternationalVol. 44: 314-323. Elsevier. DOI:
  • 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.  
  • 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.


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)

Classes 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)

Last Updated: August 17, 2020