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, transportation and environmental 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 in early 2011. 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 – for full list click here
Speth, R. / Chow, E. / Malina, R. / Barrett, S. / Heywood, J. / Green, W. (2014): Economic and Environmental Benefits of Higher-Octane Gasoline, in: Environmental Science and Technology Vol. 48 (12), pp. 6561–6568.
Seber, G. / Malina, R. / Pearlson, M. / Olcay, H. / Hileman, J. / Barrett, S (2014): Environmental and economic assessment of producing hydroprocessed jet and diesel fuel from waste oils and tallow, in: Biomass and Bioenergy Vol. 67, pp. 108–118.
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.
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.
A complete list of publications and talks can be found here.