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Robert Hrelja
Senior Lecturer

Research interests

My research is primarily concerned with the micro-level practices of transport policy and regional and local transport and spatial planning, often with policy, governance, implementation and power as analytical themes. I am interested in how the actions of interested parties, their attitudes, expertise, and power relationships, influence land use and transport system development and the potential for change. Much of my research is concerned with the development and evolution of sustainable transport systems and cities.

Recently, my research has increasingly come to focus on public transport, and how public transport management and planning is carried out in fragmented institutional contexts, where public transport governance has turned into a key feature for the development of well-functioning public transport systems and cities.

Background and experience

I joined Malmö University in August 2019. Before that I worked at VTI (the Swedish National Road and transport Research Institute).

I have my academic background at Lund University, the Faculty of Engineering (Associate Professor in Transport and Roads) and at Linköping University (Doctor of Philosophy in the subject area Technology and Social Change).

Much of my research has been carried out in conjunction with researchers at K2 (Sweden's national centre for research and education on public transport). I have also had much responsibility for project management as a research leader at K2.

Current research project

Transit Oriented Development (TOD) in the early stages of planning processes – improved tools for navigating collaborative complexities and private sector rationalities (5 415 288 SEK from K2. In collaboration with Lina Olsson, Malmö University, Fredrik Pettersson, Lund University and Tom Rye, Molde University College.

The purpose of the project is to identify innovative ways to promote Transit Oriented Development (TOD) in the early stages of planning processes. Empirically, the conditions for TOD in municipalities located in the semi-peripheral areas of metropolitan regions are analyzed. An analytical starting point for the project is that effective planning in the early stages is influenced by several public and private organizations, and that it is of central importance for TOD to understand their collaboration. Methodologically, the results are based on interviews and workshops with participating organizations. The project also compares TOD in the Swedish metropolitan regions with the experiences in foreign cities.

Student education

I currently teach students at the Bachelor program in Urban development and planning in the following courses:

• Urban Development (coordinator)

• Regional Planning (coordinator)

• Planning Theory and Democratic Processes (coordinator)

Research programme

Institute for Urban Research pil show

Faculties and departments

Department of Urban Studies pil show
Faculty of Culture and Society pil show

Contact details
Visiting address: Nordenskiöldsgatan 1, Niagara,
Postal address:Malmö universitet, 205 06 Malmö
Delivery address:71

  • Publications

  • Last publications from Malmö University Electronic Publishing.

    2020 | Artikel i tidskrift
    How to create functioning collaboration in theory and in practice
    Pettersson F., Hrelja Robert

    2019 | Artikel i tidskrift
    How to create efficient public transport systems?
    Hrelja Robert, Khan J., Pettersson F.

    2019 | Artikel i tidskrift
    Cars. Problematisations, measures and blind spots in local transport and land use policy
    Hrelja Robert

    2018 | Rapport
    Mål och åtgärder för minskad biltrafik i svenska kommuner
    Hrelja Robert

    2018 | Rapport
    Kommunerna och kollektivtrafiken
    Hansson Philip, Pettersson Fredrik, Khan Jamil, Hrelja Robert

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