Dr Edward Mitchell

School of Law
Dr Edward Mitchell
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Edward Mitchell is a Lecturer at the School of Law, University of Essex. Prior to joining the University of Essex he held an academic position at the University of Sheffield, where he completed his doctoral studies, and worked as a solicitor in private practice, specialising in a broad range of environmental, planning and regulatory matters on behalf of private and public sector clients. Edward's primary research interests relate to urban commercial property development and the contractual arrangements underpinning those projects. His research involves an empirical analysis of these underpinnings in the context of a number of case studies. Edward is particularly interested in considering how perspectives drawn from research into law and time might inform our understanding of the operation of these contractual arrangements.


  • PhD University of Sheffield, (2018)

  • LPC University of Sheffield, (2009)

  • MA Law University of Sheffield, (2008)

  • BA American Studies University of Sheffield, (2004)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Urban property development

Law and time

Conferences and presentations

Timely property development: can a date be unconditional on Friday 9 September 2016 at The New Legal Temporalities? Discipline and Resistance across Domains of Time at the University of Kent for the Regulating Time AHRC Network

Canterbury, United Kingdom, 2016

Lining Things Up or Making Things Up? Conditional Development Agreements and Urban Property Development on Friday 20 May 2016 at the Association of Law, Property, and Society Annual Meeting at Queens University Belfast

Belfast, United Kingdom, 2016

An instinct to conceal: urban property development and freedom of information requests on Tuesday 7 April 2016 at the SLSA Annual Conference at the University of Lancaster A time in-between: the temporal logics of private and public sector development agreements and urban retail property redevelopment schemes on Tuesday 31 March 2015 at the SLSA Annual Conference at the University of Warwick

Lancaster, United Kingdom, 2016

Taking time: the temporal logics of private and public sector development agreement and retail-led regeneration on Thursday 26 February 2015 at the Annual Conference of the International Academic Association on Planning, Law, and Property Rights at the University of Thessaly

Volos, Greece, 2015

Developing Agreements? Private and Public Sector Development Agreements and Urban Regeneration on Saturday 7 June 2014 for the Seeing Like a City symposium at Queen Mary, University of London

London, United Kingdom, 2014

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Foundations of Property Law (LW109)

  • Land Law (LW303)

  • Final Year Research Project (LW304)


Journal articles (2)

Mitchell, E., Planning, Property and Profit: The Use of Financial Viability Modelling in Urban Property Development. Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly

Mitchell, E., Compulsory Purchase and the State Redistribution of Land: A Study of Local Authority-Private Developer Contractual Behaviour. Journal of Property, Planning and Environmental Law. TBC (TBC)

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4SB.5.23, Colchester Campus

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