Mathur, Shishir

Mathur, Shishir

Associate Dean of Research, College of Social Sciences
Professor, Urban and Regional Planning
Director, Certificate in Real Estate Development




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  • Doctor of Philosophy, Planning, University of Washington
  • Master of Urban Planning, School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi, India
  • Bachelor of Architecture, Regional Engineering College Tiruchirappali, Tamil Nadu, India


Dr. Mathur is Associate Dean of Research, College of Social Sciences. He also serves as the Director for Certificate in Real Estate Development and a professor of urban and regional planning at San Jose State University. He has close to two decades of experience in academia, corporate sector, and consulting.  His body of work includes two books and more than 70 journal articles, book-length manuscripts, book chapters, working papers, conference papers/presentations, and consulting projects in the fields of public finance, urban & real estate economics, housing, international planning, growth management, land use planning, transportation planning, emergency management, and systems analysis.

Dr. Mathur has advised several international, national, regional, and local organizations. At the international level, United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-HABITAT, sought his input on ways to encourage land value capture in Africa, Asia, and South America.  Dr. Mathur also served on the international advisory committee for the 1st Conference of Transportation Research Group of India (CTRG).  At the national level, he was invited by the Federal Transit Administration to identify ways to encourage use of land value capture to fund transit-oriented developments and transit infrastructure.  At the regional and local levels, he served as a member of an advisory committee for updating the City of San Jose’s housing element and serves on the Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s (SVLG) Land Use and Housing Committee. 

Dr. Mathur has received two university-level awards: Provost's Award for Excellence in Service Learning and Provost's Award for Excellence in Assessment of Learning Activities.



Vidyarthi, S., S. Mathur and S. Agarwal. In Press. Understanding India's New Approach to Spatial Planning and Development: A Salient Shift? New Delhi, India: Oxford University Press. 

Mathur, S. 2014. Innovation in Public Transport Finance: Property Value Capture. Burlington, VT and Farnham, Surrey, U.K: Ashgate. 
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This book was reviewed in the Journal of the American Planning Association and the Journal of Planning Education and Research.  The complete citations are provided below.

Cornillie, T.  2015.  "Innovation in Public Transport Finance: Property Value Capture, by Shishir Mathur."  Journal of the American Planning Association 81(4): 320-320.  DOI: 10.1080/01944363.2015.1104170 

An excerpt from the review:

Overall, this book provides an accessible and balanced analysis that supports a rich engagement of a technical topic without relying on the reader’s prior knowledge. A consistent evaluation of the challenges, equity impacts, and institutional and legal factors that support success brings clarity to issues that often spark fierce debates. Moreover, while Mathur’s focus is on public transportation, the universality of his analysis provides a basis to consider how these finance methods could be used to support other forms of public infrastructure.”

Apell, S.  2016.  "Innovation in Public Transport Finance: Property Value Capture, by Shishir Mathur."  Journal of Planning Education and Research.  DOI: 10.1177/0739456X16649744

An excerpt from the review:

He begins his analysis by identifying and assessing factors affecting the potential of VC mechanisms to fund transit projects at regional and local level. Next, he examines key strategies required to enhance each mechanism’s revenue yield, stability, and growth. Finally, Mathur evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of each mechanism based on findings from the 12 case studies. The VC mechanisms under review include special assessment districts (SADs), tax increment financing (TIF), transit joint development (TJD), and transit impact fees. Most cities use these policies for various economic development projects, yet their full potential has hardly been harnessed to finance the transit sector. This is where Mathur’s book offers new insights for financing struggling transit agencies.

Peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters 

As per Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports' ranking by "Impact Factor," Urban Studies and Housing Policy Debate were ranked 1st and 3rd, respectively, in the field of “Urban Studies” at the time of manuscript submission.  Habitat International was ranked 4th in 2014 and 10th in 2012 in the field of “Urban Studies.” Journal of Planning Education and Research was ranked 6th in 2011 and 12th in 2013 in the field of "Urban Studies." Transportation Research Part A and Transport Policy were ranked 3rd and 10th, respectively, in the field of “Transportation.”

Mathur, S. 2016. The Myth of "Free" Public Education: Impact of School Quality on House Prices in the Fremont Unified School District, California. Journal of Planning Education and Research.  DOI: 10.1177/0739456X16654546

Mathur, S. 2016. Designing an Impact Fee Program to Meet Rational Nexus Principle and Reduce Vertical Inequity. Public Works Management & Policy 21(4):324–345.

Mathur, S. 2015. Sale of Development Rights to Fund Public Transportation Projects: Insights from Rajkot, India, BRTS Project. Habitat International 50: 234–239.

Mathur, S. 2015. Funding Public Transportation Through Special Assessment Districts: Addressing the Equity Concerns. Public Works Management & Policy 20(2):127–145. (PWMP's top-40 most read articles as of August, 2016)

Mathur, S. 2014. Special Assessment District’s Ability to Fund Transit: Lessons from Project-level Analysis. Transportation Research Record 2417(3):103–110. 

Mathur, S. 2014. Impact of Urban Growth Boundary on Land and Housing Prices. Housing Studies 29(1):128–148. 

Mathur, S. 2013. Do All Impact Fees Affect Housing Prices the Same? Journal of Planning Education and Research 33(4):442-455. 

Mathur, S. 2013. Self-financing Urbanization: Insights From the Use of Town Planning Schemes in Ahmadabad, India. Cities 31:308–316. 

Mathur, S. 2013. Use of Land Pooling and Reconstitution for Urban Development: Experiences from Gujarat, India. Habitat International 38:199–206. 

Mathur, S and A. Smith. 2013. Land Value Capture to Fund Public Transportation Infrastructure: Examination of Joint Development Projects’ Revenue Yield and Stability. Transport Policy 30: 327–335. 

Mathur, S. and A. Smith. 2013. Transit Impact Fee: Enabling Statutes and Equity Concerns. Transportation Research Record 2346(2):13–22. 

Mathur, S. and C. Ferrell. 2013. Impact of Sub-urban Transit-oriented Developments on Residential Property Values. Transportation Research Part A 47:42–55. 

Fauria, A. and S. Mathur. 2012. Impact of Targeted Redevelopment of Central Business District on Housing Prices in the Surrounding Neighborhoods: Evidence from Oakland, California. Journal of Urban Planning and Development 138(3): 244–253. 

Ferrell, C. and S. Mathur. 2012. The Influence of Neighborhood Crime on Mode Choice. Transportation Research Record 2320:55–63. 

Mathur, S. 2009. A Case Study of the Parks and Recreational General Obligation Bond Measure of San Jose, California. Theoretical and Empirical Researches in Urban Management 4(2/11): 34–49. 

Mathur, S., V. Shankar and S. Sitikariya. 2009. Factors That Influence a Jurisdiction’s Probability of Charging Impact Fees. Journal of Urban Planning and Development 135(3): 110–115. 

Mathur, S. and S. Srinivasan. 2009. High-Speed Rail in the Midwest United States: Potential for Success. Theoretical and Empirical Researches in Urban Management 4(13): 59–74. 

Mathur, S. 2008. Impact of Transportation and Other Jurisdictional-Level Infrastructure and Services on Housing Prices. Journal of Urban Planning and Development 134(1): 32–41. 

Mathur, S. 2007. Do Impact Fees Raise the Price of Existing Housing? Housing Policy Debate 18(4): 635–659.

Mathur, S. 2006. Valuation of Local Public Goods and Services: A Note. In J. Carruthers and B. Mundy (eds.) Environmental Valuation: Intraregional and Interregional Perspectives. Hampshire, U.K.: Ashgate. 

Blanco, H. and S. Mathur. 2005. Extending the Emergency Management Toolbox with Problem-based Cases. Journal of Emergency Management 3(1): 14–18. 

Mathur, S., P. Waddell and H. Blanco. 2004. Effect of Impact Fees on Price of New Single Family Housing. Urban Studies 41(7): 1303–1312. 

Carlson, D. and S. Mathur. 2004. Can We Tell if Smart Growth Aids or Thwarts Affordable Housing? In A. Downs (ed.) Growth Management and Affordable Housing: Do They Conflict? Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press.