Dr. Robert Malina

EducationDr. Robert Malina

  • Dr. rer. pol. (equivalent to Ph.D. in Economics), Muenster University, Germany, 2005
  • Diplom Economist (equivalent to M.Sc. in Economics), Muenster University, Germany, 2001

Fields: Cost-benefit analysis; transportation, energy, environmental and regional economics; alternative energy, sustainability

Lab Role: Research Affiliate

Email: rmalina@mit.edu

I am a Professor for Environmental Economics at Hasselt University and a Research Affiliate at LAE. My research interests are centered on quantitative analyses in the fields of environmental, energy and transportation economics, in particular the economic and environmental impacts of transportation networks on a local, regional and global scale, as well as on the development and assessment of measures for reducing the environmental impact of these networks. One of my current research thrusts is the economic and environmental viability of alternative jet fuels, an area in which I collaborate with LAE.

From 2012 to 2016, I worked as Associate Director of LAE where I was leading research on the economic and environmental viability of different options for mitigating aviation’s impact on the environment. From 2005 to 2012, I was a lecturer/senior lecturer in economics at Muenster University (Germany) and Associate Director of the Muenster University Institute of Transport Economics.


Recent  publications – for full list click here

Wittman, M. / Allroggen, F. / Malina, R. (asap): Public Service Obligations for Air Transport in the United States and Europe: Connectivity Effects and Value for Money, accepted for publication in Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice.

Wolfe, P. / Malina, R. / Barrett, S. / Waitz, I. (2016): Costs and Benefits of US Aviation Noise Land-Use Policies, in: Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, Vol. 44, pp. 147–156.

Barrett, S. / Speth, R. / Eastham, S. / Dedoussi, I. / Ashok, A. / Malina, R. / Keith, D. (2015):  Impact of the Volkswagen emissions control defeat device on US public health, in: Environmental Research Letters, Vol. 10, 114005.

Allroggen, F. / Wittman, M. / Malina, R. (2015): How air transport connects the world – A new metric of air connectivity and its evolution between 1990 and 2012, in: Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, Vol. 80, pp. 184-201.

Klein, K. / Albers, S. / Allroggen, F. / Malina, R. (2015): Serving vs. settling: What drives the establishment of Low Cost Carriers’ foreign bases. in: TTransportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Vol. 79, 17-30.

Withers, M. / Malina, R. / Barrett, S. (2015): Carbon, climate, and economic breakeven times for biofuel from woody biomass from managed forests, in: Ecological Economics, Vol. 112, pp. 45-52.

Winchester, N. / Malina, R. / Staples, M. / Barrett, S. (2015): The impact of advanced biofuels on aviation emissions and operations in the United States. in: Energy Economics, Vol. 49, pp. 482-491

Trivedi, P. / Malina, R. / Barrett, S. (2015): Environmental and economic tradeoffs of using corn stover for liquid fuels and power production, in: Energy and Environmental Science, Vol. 8, pp. 1428-1437

Trivedi, P./ Olcay, H./ Staples, M./ Withers, M./ Malina, R. / Barrett, S. (2015): Energy return on investment for alternative aviation fuels, in: Applied Energy,  Vol. 141, pp. 167–174.

Baumgarten, P. / Malina, R. / Lange, A. (2014): The impact of hubbing concentration on flight delays within airline networks – An empirical analysis of the U.S. domestic market, in: Transportation Research Part E, Logistics and Transportation Review, Vol. 66, pp. 103–114.


A complete list of publications and talks can be found here.