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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:




This page lists selected presentations given by Bent Flyvbjerg:

Keynote, CIMA 90th Anniversary Anthony Howitt Lecture, Megaprojects: the New Deal for a Global Recession?, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, London, March 26, 2009.

Invited presentation, Reference Class Forecasting, Dansk Projektledelse og Ingeniørforeningen i Danmark, Copenhagen, March 10, 2009.

Invited lecture, Managing Innovation and Complexity On Time and Budget, 5th IT Architecture Conference, McKinsey Alpine University, Kitzbühel, February 20, 2009.

Invited lecture, Follies of Infrastructure: Why the Worst Projects Get Built, and How to Avoid It, Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, October 20, 2008. Read about the lecture in The Harvard Crimson.

Invited plenary address, TransFin 2008 Conference, "Innovative Techniques for Financing and Refinancing Global Transport and Infrastructure Projects," Barcelona, July 3, 2008.

Invited presentation, Getting Risks Right: What Can IT Architecture Learn from Infrastructure Planning?, IT Architecture 2.0: 4th IT Architecture CIO/CTO/COO Conference, Mckinsey Alpine University, Kitzbühel, March 14, 2008.

Keynote, Mission Control: Power, Knowledge, and Collaboration in Project Practice, The ICAN Research Centre Annual Conference, University of Technology Sydney, November 29, 2007.

Lecture tour on Delusion and Deception in Large Infrastructure Projects, University of Melbourne; University of Southern Australia, Adelaide; ABN AMRO, Sydney, November 26-30, 2007.

Keynote, NETLIPSE (Network for the dissemination of knowledge on the management and organisation of large infrastructure projects in Europe) Workshop, Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil, Lisbon, November 6, 2007.

Keynote, Public Sociology, Ten-Year Anniversary Conference in Celebration of the Founding of the Sociology Program, Aalborg University, October 25, 2007.

Lecture tour on megaproject policy and planning, Durban University of Technology; University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg; South African Planning Institute, KwaZulu-Natal; City of Durban; July 17-24, 2007.

Keynote, Current Affairs Symposium on Reliable, Safe, and Environment- friendly Mobility, Stichting Post-Academisch Onderwijs and Transport Centre Delft, Delft University of Technology, June 21, 2007.

Defense for the Dr. Scient. degree (Dr. habil.), "Megaproject Policy and Planning," Aalborg University, June 8, 2007. To see a video with the defense, click here.

Invited presentation, KiM Netherlands Institute for Transport Policy Analysis, The Hague, April 16, 2007.

Keynote speaker at public symposium on "Megaprojects and Risk:
Achieving Sustainable Public and Private Outcomes," Griffith University, Brisbane, December 1, 2006.

ABN AMRO Roundtable Series, ABN AMRO, Sydney, November 23-24, 2006.

First Annual Martin Wachs Distinguished Lecture in Transportation, University of California at Berkeley, October 17, 2006.

Invited plenary address, Symposium on "Principles of Governance for Major Investment Projects," Concept Research Program, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, September 7-8, 2006.

Invited plenary address, Nordic Transport Research Conference on "New Public Management in the Transport Sector," Oslo, September 4-5, 2006.

Invited plenary address, Project Management Institute Research Conference 2006, Montreal, July 19, 2006.

Invited plenary address, TransFin 2006, "Winning Strategies For Financing and Re-Financing Road, Rail, Ports, and Airport Projects," Nice, June 21, 2006.

International keynote address, The Inaugural National Infrastructure Summit, "Delivering and Financing Ireland's Public Infrastructure," Irish Management Institute, Dublin, May 16, 2006.

Keynote speech at the award of the Elias Prize in memory of Norbert Elias, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, March 31, 2006.

Nordic Ph.D. course on Case Study Research within Urban Forestry and Urban Greening, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Reenskaug Hotel, Drøbak, Norway, March 12-15, 2006.

Keston Institute for Infrastructure Lecture Series, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, February 7-8, 2006.

Project Management Professional (PMP) Learning Seminar, "The Real Risk of Rail Projects," London, January 20, 2006.

Seminar, Institute of Public Administration (IPA) , "Understanding How Success and Failure Arise in Public Service Projects," Dublin, October 21, 2005.

Presentations at CICALICS Academy, "Case Study Research," School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University, Beijing, September 7, 2005.

Panelist in mayoral debate about the future of Copenhagen, Danish Architecture Center, Copenhagen, August 14, 2005.

Keynote lecture, doctoral workshop, panel discussion, Second Biennial Ph.D. Jamboree, School of Community and Regional Planning, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, May 30-June 4, 2005.

EU Workshop on "Harmonised European Approaches for Transport Costing and Project Assessment," Brussels, April 14, 2005.

Invited plenary address, Conference on Sustainable Freight Transport Through Sensitive Areas, European Transport Initiative and European Federation for Transport and Environment, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain, April 7-8, 2005.

Opening plenary presentation, sponsored by the Royal Town Planning Institute at the annual UK Planning Research Conference, "The Power of Planning: The Reform Agenda," Manchester, April 5-7, 2005.

Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor guest lectures, The University of Iowa, USA, March 21-26, 2005.

Danish Ministry of Transport, Copenhagen, December 14, 2004.

Danish Ministry of Finance, Copenhagen, December 9, 2004.

Dutch Ministry of Finance, The Hague, October 26, 2004 and October 16, 2003.

Expert witness to the Dutch Parliament Committee on Infrastructure Projects, The Hague, August 30 and September 16 , 2004.

SOU, Public State Investigatory Commissions, Stockholm, June 4, 2004.

Major Projects Association, "Strategic Planning of Major Projects," London, April 22, 2004.

Dutch Ministry of Transport, The Hague, March 22, 2004.

Book-launch for Thai translation of Making Social Science Matter at Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University, Nakornpathom, Bangkok, Thailand, March 3, 2004.



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