Mr. Troy D. Mix is a Policy Scientist with the University of Delaware Institute for Public Administration and a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.   He conducts research and teaches on the topics of regional economic development, planning, and governance.  Mr. Mix also has several years experience as a practicing professional planner.

 

Mix's research focuses on the determinants of long-run, regional economic competitiveness.  His contemporary efforts examine two major topics—1) how competitiveness is affected by the structure and process of regional economic development policymaking, and 2) how regional economic structure impacts competitiveness.  He draws from and seeks to contribute to scholarship in the fields of planning, regional development, and strategic management.  Mix's dissertation research examines the organizational designs of entrepreneurial universities and the impact these institutions have on regional development policy.

 

Mr. Mix has instructed and assisted with undergraduate and graduate-level courses on the topics of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and urban and regional analysis.  He worked for five years as a professional planner with a public service unit at the University of Delaware and maintains membership in the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).  His primary areas of professional expertise include regional planning and economic development, policy analysis, and geographic information systems.  Mix's professional experiences include preparing comprehensive plans and economic development strategies; conducting spatial analyses of regional demographic and development conditions; and facilitating committee work and drafting a statewide Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy.

 

Follow the links at left to learn more about Mr. Mix's academic and professional qualifications, or download his Curriculum Vitae.

Education

→ Ph.D. in Regional Planning, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | urban.illinois.edu

Completed coursework with a specialization in regional development and governance.  Click read more to view an overview of courses in the area of specialization, theory, and methods.

  2015 (anticipated)

→ Master of Public Administration, University of Delaware | sppa.udel.edu

Concentration in State and Local Management

Pi Alpha Alpha, National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration, inducted 2004

United Alumni of Urban Affairs Outstanding Student Award, 2004

  2004

→ B.A. in Political Science, University of Pittsburgh | pitt.edu

Summa cum laude

  2002

Research agenda and projects

→ Research agenda | View publications on SelectedWorks| View Google Scholar Profile

Mr. Mix's research focuses on the determinants of long-run, regional economic competitiveness. Within this overall framework, contemporary efforts examine two major topics:

1) how competitiveness is affected by the structure and process of regional economic development policymaking, and 2) how regional economic structure impacts competitiveness.

→ Dissertation overview

For his dissertation, Mix is using cross-sectional data on the organization of university-based economic development activities and case studies of four university research parks to test and refine hypotheses on the relationships between a university’s organizational design and its ability to influence subnational public policy in ways that tangibly benefit research park development. This work tests two main contentions—1) that the diversity and organization of a university’s economic development activities impact its relationships with regional policymakers and 2) that a university’s ability to influence regional development policy depends, in part, on its persistent centrality in policy networks.

→ Reports

Mix, Troy and Edward Feser. Statistical Portrait of Economic Diversity in Appalachia. Champaign, IL: Regional Economics Applications Laboratory. Prepared for the Appalachian Regional Commission, Washington, DC. 109 pages.
Feser, Edward, Troy Mix, Mark White, and Ken Poole. Economic Diversity in Appalachia: Statistics, Strategies, and Guides for Action. Champaign, IL: Regional Economics Applications Laboratory. Prepared for the Appalachian Regional Commission, Washington, DC. 62 pages.

→ Articles in progress

Mix, Troy and Mallory Rahe. Beyond misunderstandings: the practice and promise of case study research in planning.
Feser, Edward and Troy Mix. Regional cooperation in economic development: fact, fiction and policy variety.

→ Book Reviews

Mix, Troy. Review of Democracy as Problem Solving: Civic Capacity in Communities across the Globe, by Xavier de Souza Briggs (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2008). Journal of Planning Education and Research, 31(1), 109-111.

Teaching philosophy and experience

→ Statement of teaching philosophy | View Teaching Statement

Mr. Mix bases his approach to teaching on the idea that students learn best when they are called upon to synthesize course concepts, apply them to the solution of real-world problems, and communicate their findings. One way he implements this philosophy is by engaging students in the consideration of planning-relevant case studies.

→ Teaching experience | View Sample Syllabus

GIS analysis for planners, Developer of online course, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Fall 2012.
GIS for planners, Instructor of record, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Fall 2011 and Spring 2012.
Urban and regional analysis, Teaching assistant, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Spring semester 2010 and 2011.
GIS applications in the public and nonprofit sector, Co-instructor, School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy, University of Delaware, Spring semester 2005-2008.

→ Potential course contributions

Local economic development planning and methods (Undergraduate or graduate)
Urban and regional analysis (Undergraduate or graduate)
Planning theory and history (Graduate)
Geographic Information Systems for Planning and Public Policy (Undergraduate or graduate)
Regional development theory and applications (Graduate)
Institutions and the politics of regional development (Graduate)

→ Teaching honors

List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Spring 2010 and Spring 2011

Professional experience and skills

→ Overview of professional experience

Mr. Mix is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and worked for five years as a planner with the Institute for Public Administration at the University of Delaware. In this position, he worked primarily with state and local government agencies on local and regional planning and economic development projects. Click read more to continue with this overview.

→ Professional appointments

Planner and Policy Researcher, Institute for Public Administration, University of Delaware, 2004 - 2009.

→ Selected professional reports

Mix, Troy and Matthias Wendt. 2009. Broadband Opportunities for Sussex County. Newark, DE: Institute for Public Administration, University of Delaware.
Mix, Troy and Xuan Jiang. 2009. Demographic Multipliers in Delaware. Newark, DE: Institute for Public Administration, University of Delaware.
Mix, Troy and Rachael Hurley. 2008. Fiscal Impacts of Development: Literature Review and Discussion. Newark, DE: Institute for Public Administration, University of Delaware.
Mix, Troy. 2007. Town of Odessa Planned Neighborhood Development District. Odessa, DE: Town of Odessa Planning Commission.
Mix, Troy, Marcia Scott, Julia O’Hanlon, Maria Aristigueta, William McGowan and Lisa McIlvaine. 2006. Delaware CEDS: A Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy for the State of Delaware. Newark, DE: Institute for Public Administration, University of Delaware.
Mix, Troy, Jonathan Justice, Barrett Edwards and Garrett Wozniak. 2005. Town of Middletown Comprehensive Plan. Newark, DE: Institute for Public Administration, University of Delaware.

→ Memberships

American Planning Association
American Institute for Certified Planners

→ Skills and expertise

Local and regional planning and analysis
Strategic economic development planning and analysis
Geographic Information Systems
Meeting facilitation

Contact information

  Address

180 Graham Hall
Institute for Public Administration
School of Public Policy and Administration
University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716
(302) 831-6191
mix@udel.edu