Dr Edward Mitchell

School of Law
Dr Edward Mitchell
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Edward Mitchell is a Lecturer in the School of Law at the University of Essex. Edward's primary research interests are in the field of compulsory purchase law. His most recent publication provides an empirical examination of the contractual arrangements between local authorities and private sector property developers that often underpin the compulsory purchase and redistribution of private land. His other recent work examines financial viability modelling and legal processes in the context of local authority decision-making related to property development on large urban sites. Edward completed his PhD at the University of Sheffield in 2018. His thesis analysed the use of complex property development contracts to attempt to procure a large, but ultimately failed, property development project in a city in the south of England. His PhD deployed empirical legal research methods (archival research, documentary analysis and semi-structured interviews). His thesis investigated the project through the lens of Actor-Network Theory and recent literature on legal temporalities to provide novel understandings of property development projects and the way that they unfold through time. Edward teaches property and land law modules.


  • PhD University of Sheffield,

  • LPC University of Sheffield,

  • MA Law University of Sheffield,

  • BA American Studies University of Sheffield,

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Law and time

Compulsory purchase

Key words: Compulsory purchase
Open to supervise

Property development

Key words: Property development

Planning law

Key words: Planning law

Conferences and presentations

A duty to have "due regard"? Equality, Human Rights and Compulsory Purchase in England

Association of European Schools of Planning, 2019 Annual Congress, Venice, Italy, 11/7/2019

Compulsory Purchase, Conditional Legal Agreements and Urban Property Development in England and Wales

Association of European Schools of Planning, 2017 Annual Congress, Lisbon, Portugal, 12/7/2017

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 (3)

Mitchell, E., (2021). Compulsory Purchase and the State Redistribution of Land: A Study of Local Authority-Private Developer Contractual Behaviour. Journal of Property, Planning and Environmental Law. 13 (1), 1-16

Mitchell, E., (2020). Planning, Property and Profit: The Use of Financial Viability Modelling in Urban Property Development. Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly. 71 (1), 35-55

Mitchell, E., (2020). Climate change and nationally significant infrastructure projects: R (on the application of Plan B Earth) v Secretary of State for Transport. Environmental Law Review. 22 (2), 125-132

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