David Mitchell

Urban Scholar

  • Climate Change
  • Land Tenure
  • Natural Disasters

Associate Professor David Mitchell’s expertise is in land administration and management. David holds a Bachelor of Applied Sciences (Surveying), a Graduate Certificate in Urban Development, a Graduate Diploma in Land Data Management, and PhD in Land Administration.

David teaches undergraduate courses in cadastral surveying and land development and in 2013 was the recipient of the RMIT Science Engineering and Health Award for Teaching Excellence. His research focus is on the impact of climate change and natural disasters on land tenure, and how responsible land governance can help. In particular he explores how securing and safeguarding land tenure rights, and effective land use planning and control, can enhance climate resilient pathways.

David is the author of over 40 publications on research into climate change, natural disasters and land administration. In 2015 he was the recipient of an RMIT Foundation International Research Exchange Fellowship that involved an exchange where Professor Stig Enemark visited RMIT and David visited Aalborg University in Denmark.

David has recently completed a review of tenure security in the Asia Pacific, published by UN-HABITAT.

David is based in Melbourne, Australia.