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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:



News in English


"When Getting It Right or Wrong, Size Matters," Times Online, March 31, 2009.

"'Bent Fly' of T&R Fame to U Oxford, FHWA's Marcus Lemon to Baker & Miller (Personnel)," TOLLROADSnews, USA, March 17, 2009.

"Optimism Bias Expert Comes to UK," Local Transport Today, United Kingdom, January 30, 2009.

"Megaprojects Guru to Head New Oxford Center," Miller-McCune, January 15, 2009.


"Bent Flyvbjerg appointed to University of Oxford BT Professorship of Major Programme Management," Oxford University Gazette, December 18, 2008.

"Can We Avoid a Big Dig?," Crosscut, USA, December 16, 2008.

"Jorn Utzon Designed Sydney Opera House," The Bulletin, December 1, 2008.

"Sydney Opera House Designer Jørn Utzon Dead @ 90," The Annoyatorium, December 1, 2008.

"Jorn Utzon - Designer of Sydney Opera House," Scotsman, December 1, 2008.

"The House of Shame,", December 1, 2008.

"Jorn Utzon, Sydney Opera House Architect, Dies," SF Gate, USA, November 30, 2008.

"Danish Architect Joern Utzon, Who Designed Sidney Opera House, Dies,", November 30, 2008.

"Danish Architect Joern Utzon, Who Designed Sidney Opera House, Dies," Art Knowledge News, November 30, 2008.

"Jorn Utzon Dies at 90; Danish Architect of Sydney Opera House," Los Angeles Times, November 30, 2008.

"Sydney Opera House's Designer Dies," International Herald Tribune, November 30, 2008.

"Jorn Utzon, 90, Dies; Created Sydney Opera House," The New York Times, November 30, 2008.

"Architect who Designed Sydney Opera House Dies at 90," Chicago Tribune, November 29, 2008.

"Joern Utzon, Danish Architect of Sydney Opera House, Dead at 90,", USA, November 29, 2008.

"Danish Prof Talks at GSD," The Harvard Crimson, October 21, 2008.

"Delays, Overruns Snarl Bridges Plan,", USA, September 24, 2008.

"Big Ben's Ticking on 2012 Games," American Public Media, August 22, 2008. To listen to the program, please click here (MP3)

"Derailing the Boondoggle," Miller-McCune, August 2008.

"Building the World's New Infrastructure," The Banker, June 2008, pp.

"Terminal 5 Chaos Caused by Big Projectitis,", March 30, 2008.


"Public-Private Partnerships," The Age, December 10, 2007.

"Should You Trust Sound Transit Now?," The Seattle Times, October 15, 2007.

"Pressure on Construction Industry," Financial Times, October 5, 2007.

"Growing Support for Kattegat Bridge," The Copenhagen Post Online, August 17, 2007.

"With Rail Proposal, Council Leading City Taxpayers into Financial Bottomless Pitt," Hawaii Reporter, August 13, 2007.

"Cayo Column: Why Public Projects go so Badly Wrong,", August 10, 2007.

"Lessons from the Bridge Collapse in Minneapolis?" Freakonomics Blog, The New York Times, August 6, 2007.

"'Survival of the Unfittest' Plagues Public Projects, Research Says," The Vancouver Sun, July 24, 2007.

"Can Removing Human Bias Deliver More Realistic Project Forecasts?," Local Transport Today, United Kingdom, May 10, 2007.

"Power Defines Its Own Reality -- and Gives Itself Inappropriate Pay Raises," Pacific Daily News, March 2, 2007.

"How User Pricing Can Ease an Impasse on Britain's Roads," Financial Times, January 10, 2007.

"Professor Tracks True Cost of 'Biased' Bill for Trams," The Scotsman, January 4, 2007.

"PM - Sounds of Summer: Opera House," ABC Radio National, Australia, January 1, 2007.
To listen to the program, please click here (MP3)


"Left with the Bill," BRW Magazine, Australia, December 14, 2006.

"Pressure from Mayor to Build Honolulu Rail Reaching a Fever Pitch," Hawaii Reporter, December 6, 2006.

"Megaprojects," Saturday Extra, ABC Radio National, Australia, December 2, 2006.
To listen to the program, please click here (MP3)

Radio interview, ABC Radio Brisbane, Australia, December 1, 2006
To listen to the program, please click here (MP3)

"Metrorail Costs and Benefits," "(The study and conclusions cited in this article were for rail in general, not light rail in particular).", November 8, 2006.

"Administration, Candidates Don't See Eye-to-Eye on Gas Line Economics," Alaska Journal of Commerce, November 5, 2006.

"First Annual Wachs Lecture-Flyvbjerg on Megaprojects," NewsBITS, USA, Fall 2006.

"Squandering Public Funds for a Handful of People," Business Standard, India, October 7, 2006.

"DEVELOPMENT: Grand Projects Don't Plan for Big Problems," Detroit Free Press, June 17, 2006.

"Boats, Planes and Trains Return to Fashion," Financial Times, June 16, 2006.

"McEvaddy Calls for 50-Year National Infrastructure Plan," The Sunday Business Post Online, Ireland, May 21, 2006.

"Super-Sizing the Canal," Houston Chronicle, April 29, 2006.

"Seattle's Little Dig," Seattle Weekly, April 19, 2006.

"What's in the Journals," The Economist, April 10, 2006.

"Infrastructure Summit to Focus on Cutting Overruns," The Sunday Business Post Online, Ireland, April 2, 2006.

"Suspicions on Scheme Demand Forecasts 'Not Justified' for UK," Local Transport Today, United Kingdom, March 9, 2006.

"Does Transport Planning Have a 'Dark Side'?," Local Transport Today, United Kingdom, March 9, 2006.


"Capital Metro: Turn that 6 Upside Down," Austin American Statesman, November 14, 2005.

"Gautrain on Slippery Slope," The Star, South Africa, November 3, 2005.

"Some Reasons to be Lighter on the Tunnel," The Sydney Morning Herald, October 14, 2005.

"Ridership Forecast Questioned," The Vancouver Sun, August 11, 2005.

"Vegas Folds Its Hand after Monorail System Fails to Pay Off," The Vancouver Sun, August 11, 2005.

"Private-Sector Portion of RAV Risk isn't so Private, After All," The Vancouver Sun, August 10, 2005.

"RAV Swallows an Extra $400 Million -- Before Work Starts," The Vancouver Sun, August 9, 2005.

"Statement on TEN-T Enlargement to EU Neighbouring Countries," CEE Bankwatch Network, July 15, 2005.

"I am, You are, We are ... Mediocre," The Sydney Morning Herald, July 9, 2005.

"Overdue and Over Budget, Over and Over Again," The Economist, June 9, 2005.

"The Millionaire Factory," ABC Radio National, Australia, May 29, 2005.
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"Transport Remains Roadblock for the EU," International Herald Tribune, May 23, 2005.

"The Money Pit," RTÉ News, Prime Time National TV News, Ireland, May 9, 2005.

"14-Country Study: Runaway Railway Costs to be Expected," Haaretz, Israel, May 8, 2005.

"Heritage Danger for Opera House," The Australian, May 2, 2005.

"Opera House an Architectural "Tradegy"," ABC Newsonline, Australia, April 28, 2005.

"Forecasts Shoddy for Roads, Mendacious for Transit - Flyvbjerg," TOLLROADSnews, USA, April 14, 2005.

"Trains vs. Parking: the True Costs," The Seattle Times, April 11, 2005.

"Trains and Parking: Time to Check True Costs?," The Washington Post Writers Group, April 10, 2005.

"Rail Transit or Free Parking: What's Truth about Costs?,", April 9, 2005.

"JAPA Article Calls on Planners to Help End Inaccuracies in Public Project Revenue Forecasting," Press Release, American Planning Association, April 7, 2005.

"New Medicare Benefit Will Outspend Projections," Fox News, USA, February 27, 2005.

"We Need Transportation Help," North County Times, USA, February 23, 2005.


"Many Players in RAV Follies,", Canada, December 2, 2004.

"The Car is still King," National Post, Canada, October 21, 2004.

"BIG Fat Lies," San Francisco Bay, August 1, 2004.

"Profs Slam City's RAV Memo,", Canada, July 8, 2004.

"Over-Budget Building Projects," Times Online, April 16, 2004.

"How the Public was Left in the Dark about Tens of Millions of Dollars in Cost Overruns at the University of Pittsburgh's Petersen Events Center," Post-Gazette Pittsburgh, April 11, 2004.

"The Cost of Burrowing: Why do Big Projects such as Eurotunnel Find it so Difficult to Make the Numbers Add Up?," Financial Times, April 10, 2004.

"Femern Bridge Could Cost too much," The Copenhagen Post Online, February 13, 2004.


"Power Driven," The Guardian, November 29, 2003.

"The $400 Billion Prescription Drug Lie," Up & Coming Magazine, USA, November 26, 2003.

"Transparent Need for New Approach to Public Works," The Scotsman, November 3, 2003.

"Megaprojects and Megamistakes," The Futurist, USA, November-December 2003.

"The Importance of Government Audit," The Hindu Business Line, India, October 2, 2003.

"BRT: Pattern of Deception?," Honolulu Advertiser, September 22, 2003.

"True Costs, Benefits of RAV Lost in Smoke," The Vancouver, September 3, 2003.

"Holyrod's World-Class Price Overrun," The Scotsman, August 28, 2003.

"Why are Costs Lowballed? "Lying Pays Off"," Vancouver Sun, August 20, 2003.

"Issues to Keep in Mind for the Next Election Night in Canada!," Vancouver Sun, August 19, 2003.

"O'Hare Costs: $16 Billion or $6 Billion," Construction Lawyers, August 12, 2003.

"O'Hare Costs: $16 Billion or $6 Billion," Daily Herald, USA, August 12, 2003.

"Will O'Hare Costs Soar? Expansion Opponents Say Project Will Cost $10 Billion More than Chicago Claims," E-build, USA, August 12, 2003.

"But Dreamers Built the World...," The Financial Express, India, July 13, 2003.

"Revolution from Within," University of Chicago Magazine, June 2003.

"Multiyear Jobs, Even Small Ones, are Biggest Risk for Overruns," Engineering News-Record, USA, May 26, 2003.

"Budget? Fudge it!," Building, United Kingdom, May 9, 2003.

"Machiavelli and Megaprojects," Late Night Live, Australia, May 6, 2003.

"Oh Dam," Moneyweb, April 22, 2003.

"Tall Stories," The Times, April 16, 2003.

"Most Large-Scale Public Works Projects go Well Over Budget," NPR, USA, April 10, 2003.


"Road, Rail Costs Prone to Overruns, Study Finds," Seattle Post-Intelligencer, July 15, 2002.

"Megaprojects Need More Study Up Front to Avoid Cost Overruns," McGraw Hill Construction, USA, July 15, 2002.

"Big Dig Overrun is just Plain Big," Boston Globe, July 14, 2002.

"Study Finds Steady Overruns in Public Projects," New York Times, July 11, 2002.

"Contractors Cheat Taxpayer with Budget Overruns," The Sunday Times, July 7, 2002.

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