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: Associate Director

Email: rmalina@mit.edu

I come from Germany, where I worked six years as a lecturer/senior lecturer in economics at Muenster University and as Associate Director of the Muenster University Institute of Transport Economics before coming to MIT in early 2011.  My  research interests are centered on quantitative analyses in the fields of 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.

In terms of research on aviation and the environment, 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.


Recent  publications – for full list click here

Wolfe, P. / Malina, R. / Barrett, S. / Waitz, I. (asap): Costs and Benefits of US Aviation Noise Land-Use Policies, accepted for publication in Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment.

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.

Staples, M. / Malina, R. / Olcay, H. / Pearlson, M. / Hileman, J. / Boies, A. / Barrett, S. (2014): Lifecycle greenhouse gas footprint and minimum selling price of renewable diesel and jet fuel from fermentation and advanced fermentation production technologies, In: Energy and Environmental Science Vol. 7, pp. 1545-1554.

Withers, M. / Malina, R. / Gilmore, C. / Gibbs, J. / Trigg, C. / Wolfe, P. / Trivedi, P. / Barrett, S. (2014): Economic and Environmental Assessment of Liquefied Natural Gas as a Supplemental Aircraft Fuel, in: Progress in Aerospace Sciences, Vol. 66, pp. 17-36.

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