Dr. Robert Malina
- Ph.D. in Economics (Dr. rer. pol.), Muenster University, Germany, 2005
- Diplom Economist (equivalent to M.Sc. in economics), Muenster University, Germany, 2001
Fields: Cost-benefit analysis, alternative fuels, (air) transportation economics
Lab Role: Associate Director
I come from Germany, where I worked six years as Associate Director of the Institute of Transport Economics at Muenster University before coming to MIT. My research at the Laboratory centers around the costs and benefits of pursuing various options for mitigating aviation’s environmental impact. I am currently focusing on alternative jet fuels, which is a promising but also challenging field because of the novelty of some of the technologies involved and the various trade-offs in terms of environmental and economic sustainability. Besides the environmental impact of aviation I have a strong research interest into the economics of transportation markets in general, and air transportation markets in particular.
Recent publications and invited talks
Staples, M. / Malina, R. / Olcay, H. / Pearlson, M. / Hileman, J. / Boies, A. / Barrett, S. (asap): Lifecycle greenhouse gas footprint and minimum selling price of renewable diesel and jet fuel from fermentation and advanced fermentation production technologies, accepted for publication at Energy and Environmental Science.
Withers, M. / Malina, R. / Gilmore, C. / Gibbs, J. / Trigg, C. / Wolfe, P. / Trivedi, P. / Barrett, S. (asap): Economic and Environmental Assessment of Liquefied Natural Gas as a Supplemental Aircraft Fuel, accepted for publication at Progress in Aerospace Sciences.
Caiazzo, F. / Malina, R. / Staples, M. / Wolfe, P. / Yim, S. / Barrett, S. (asap): Quantifying the climate impacts of albedo changes due to biofuel production: a comparison with biogeochemical effects, accepted for publication at Environmental Research Letters.
Bond, J. / Upadhye, A. / Olcay, H. / Tompsett, G. Jae, J. / Xing, R. / Alonso, D. / Wang, D. / Zhang, T. / Kumar, R/ / Foster, A. / Sen, S. / Maravelias, C. / Malina, R. / Barrett, S. / Lobo, R. / Wyman, C. / Dumesic, J. / Huber, G. (asap): Production of renewable jet fuel range alkanes and commodity chemicals from integrated catalytic processing of biomass, accepted for publication at Energy and Environmental Science.
Allroggen, F. / Malina, R. (2014): Do the regional growth effects of air transport differ among airports? in: Journal of Air Transport Management, Vol. 37, May 2014, pp. 1-4. DOI: 10.1016/j.jairtraman.2013.11.007 .
Allroggen, F. / Malina, R. / Lenz, A.-K. (2013): Which factors impact on the presence of incentives for route and traffic development? Econometric evidence from European airports. In: Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, Vol. 60, December 2013, pp. 49-61, DOI: 10.1016/j.tre.2013.09.007.
Staples, M. / Olcay, H. / Malina, R. / Trivedi, P. / Pearlson, M. / Strzepek, K. / Paltsev, S. / Wollersheim, C. / Barrett, S. (2013): Water consumption footprint and land requirements of large-scale alternative diesel and jet fuel production, in: Environmental Science and Technology, Vol. 47 (21), pp. 12557–12565, DOI: 10.1021/es4030782.
Scheffler, R. / Hartwig, K.-H. / Malina. R. (2013): The effects of ownership structure, competition and cross-subsidisation on the efficiency of public bus transport: Empirical evidence from Germany, in: Journal of Transport Economics and Policy, Volume 47 (3), pp. 371-386.
Barrett, S. / Yim, S. / Gilmore, C. / Murray, L. / Kuhn, S. / Tai, A. / Yantosca, R. / Byun, S. / Ngan, F. / Li, X. / Levy, J. / Ashok, A. / Koo, J. / Wong, H. / Dessens, O. / Balasubramanian, S. / Fleming, G. / Pearlson, M. / Wollersheim, C. / Malina, R. / Arunachalam, S. / Binkowski, F. / Leibensperger, E. M. / Jacob, D. / Hileman, J. / Waitz, I (2012): Public Health, Climate and Economic Impacts of Desulfurizing Jet Fuel, in: Environmental Science and Technology, Volume 46(8), pp. 4275-4282.
Malina, R. / McConnachie, D. / Winchester, N. / Wollersheim, C. / Paltsev, S. / Waitz, I. (2012): The Impact of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme on US Aviation, in: Journal of Air Transport Management, Vol. 19, March 2012, pp. 36-41.
Malina, R. / Albers, S. / Kroll, N. (2012): Airport Incentive Programs, A European Perspective, in: Transport Reviews, Volume 32, Number 4, pp. 435-453.
01/28/2014: A quantitative comparison of LC GHG accounting for alternative fuels in the US and EU, CAAFI Bi-Annual General Meeting, Washington, DC.
11/22/2013: The economics of aviation biofuels, MIT Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research (CEEPR) Fall Workshop, Cambridge, MA.
11/05/2013: Incentives for route and traffic development –Econometric evidence from European airports, MIT Global Airline Consortium Annual Research Meeting, Cambridge, MA.
06/14/2013: Economic impacts of biofuels, SAE 2013 Aerospace Alternative Fuels and Associated Environmental Impacts Symposium, Brussels (also Session Chair for “Economic Impacts” Session).
06/04/2013: Economics of alternative fuels, Bauhaus Luftfahrt Symposium 2013: Future of Aviation – perspectives for 2050, Munich, Germany.
04/04/2013: The water footprint of biofuels, LAE/ICAT Seminar Series, Cambridge, MA.
01/28/2013: Recent advances in alternative jet fuel lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions analysis, CAAFI Environment Team Meeting, Washington, D.C.
11/27/2012: HEFA and F-T jet cost analyses, US Department of Energy / CAAFI Costing workshop, Nov 27, 2012, Washington, D.C.
06/18/2012: The impact of the EU Emissions trading Scheme on US Aviation, Presentation at MIT’s Global Airline Industry Consortium’s Executive Education Course, Cambridge, MA.
06/01/2012: Water footprint of alternative fuels for aviation, Seminar Series of the Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, Cambridge, MA.
A complete list of publications and talks can be found here