Dr. 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 spatial economics; alternative energy, sustainability

Lab Role: Associate Director

Email: rmalina@mit.edu

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 current 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

Winchester, N. / Malina, R. / Staples, M. / Barrett, S. (asap): The impact of advanced biofuels on aviation emissions and operations in the United States. Accepted for publication in Energy Economics.

Klein, K. / Albers, S. / Allroggen, F. / Malina, R. (asap): Serving vs. settling: What drives the establishment of Low Cost Carriers’ foreign bases? Accepted for publication in Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice.

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, advance article.

Yim, S. / Lee, G. / Lee, L. / Allroggen, F. / Ashok, A. / Caiazzo, F. / Eastham, S. / Malina, R. / Barrett, S. (2015): Global, regional and local health impacts of civil aviation emissions, in: Environmental Research Letters 10(3), 034001.

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

Speth, R. / Rojo, C. / Malina, R. / Barrett S. (2015): Black carbon emissions reductions from combustion of alternative jet fuels, in: Atmospheric Environment, Vol. 105, pp. 37–42.

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.