Shishir Mathur

Associate Dean of Research

Dr. Shishir Mathur
Dr. Shishir Mathur

Dr. Shishir Mathur was appointed Associate Dean of Research in August, 2016. He also serves as a Professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and the Director of the Certificate in Real Estate Development. Dr. Mathur received a Ph.D. in Urban Design and Planning from the University of Washington. He also holds a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, India, and a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the Regional Engineering College, Tiruchirappalli, India. He has been a member of the SJSU faculty since 2004.

Dr. Mathur strongly believes in nurturing a culture of high-quality research in the College of Social Sciences and across SJSU by supporting, encouraging, recognizing, and celebrating faculty and student research, scholarship, and creative activity (RSCA). He values the use of a variety of research methods and is sensitive to the discipline-specific nature of RSCA outputs. In his own work, he employs a variety of research methods that range from semi-structured interviews to econometric modeling. He disseminates his research by writing books, book chapters, journal articles, and research monographs, and by presenting at academic and professional meetings, workshops, and seminars. As the Associate Dean of Research, Dr. Mathur coordinates all of the college’s RSCA programs.

A major component of Dr. Mathur’s research currently focuses on urbanization challenges facing the Global South, especially on finding financially sustainable and equitable solutions for funding urbanization in the developing countries of Asia, Africa, and South America through the use of innovative urban development finance mechanisms. His recently published book—Innovation in Public Transport Finance: Property Value Capture—examined the equity- and sustainability-related impacts of several land-value-capture-based tools used to fund public transportation in the US and in the developing countries. His forthcoming book—Understanding India's New Approach to Spatial Planning and Development: A Salient Shift?—further advances this line of inquiry by examining the ongoing shift in the historical trajectory of India’s post-independence physical planning and development.