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Bent Flyvbjerg

Professor, Research Director, Dr. Techn., Dr. Scient., and Ph.D.

Notice: On April 1, 2009, Bent Flyvbjerg moved to University of Oxford. Flyvbjerg's Aalborg website is up to date until the time of his move. After this date, please see his site at Oxford:



Key Books on Megaprojects

The following are selected, key books on megaprojects:

Alan Altshuler and David Luberoff, Mega-Projects: The Changing Politics of Urban Public Investment (Washington, DC: Brookings Institution, 2003).

David Collingridge, The Management of Scale: Big Organizations, Big Decisions, Big Mistakes (London: Routledge, 1992).

Bent Flyvbjerg, Nils Bruzelius, and Werner Rothengatter, Megaprojects and Risk: An Anatomy of Ambition (Cambridge University Press, 2003).

Peter Hall, Great Planning Disasters (Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1980).

Shiu-hung Luk and Joseph B. Whitney, Megaproject: A Case Study of China's Three Gorges Project (Armonk, NY: M. E. Sharpe, 1993).

Patrick McCully, Silenced Rivers: The Ecology and Politics of Large Dams (London: Zed Books, 2001).

Peter W. G. Morris and George H. Hough, The Anatomy of Major Projects: A Study of the Reality of Project Management (New York: John Wiley and Sons, 1987).

Hugo Priemus, Bent Flyvbjerg, and Bert van Wee, Decision-Making On Mega-Projects: Cost-benefit Analysis, Planning, and Innovation (Cheltenham, UK and Northamton, MA, USA: Edward Elgar, 2008).

Arundhati Roy, The Cost of Living (London: Flamingo, 1999).

Peter Snow and Betzy Dinesen, eds., Beyond 2000: a Source Book for Major Projects (Oxford: Major Projects Association, 1994).

See also special issues on megaprojects of the journals Public Roads, Vol. 68, July/August 2004 and Critical Planning, Vol. 11, Summer 2004.

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