Jonas Eliasson

Jonas Eliasson

Works at
KTH Royal Institute of Technology

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Scientific challenges for KiM

I see two major challenges. First, transport congestion in all forms: on roads, in the air, by rail and in urban public transport. Second, the attractiveness and efficiency of cities, in which sustainable growth, liveability and productivity are combined.

Research to be proud of

I was involved in the design of the congestion charge in Stockholm, Sweden. I have since devoted much effort to evaluating the effects of transport, travel patterns and public support. In addition, I routinely advise other cities on the implementation of various types of road pricing and policy measures for urban transport in general.

An additional research theme pertains to social cost-benefit analyses. I served as chairman of the Swedish National Expert Committee and led the group that was responsible for calculating the effects and cost-benefit analyses for the National Transport Investment Plan. My research themes in this area include evaluating travel times, the robustness of cost-benefit analyses and the valuation of bicycles.

Affinity with KiM core research themes

In fact I have an affinity with all KiM core research themes. The theme 'Policy evaluations and assessment frameworks' is perhaps the most closely aligned with my current research, but 'Models and data' is also a core theme. Much of my applied research falls under the themes "Sustainable mobility, safety and transition' and 'Mobility of groups'.

Affinity with KiM core research themes

In fact I have an affinity with all KiM core research themes. The theme 'Policy evaluations and assessment frameworks' is perhaps the most closely aligned with my current research, but 'Models and data' is also a core theme. Much of my applied research falls under the themes "Sustainable mobility, safety and transition' and 'Mobility of groups'.

Current position and core scientific research

I am Professor of Analysis of Transport Systems at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, and Director of the Centre for Transport Studies (Centre för Transportstudien), which is a partnership between the Royal Institute and other partners.

My current research focuses on the use of cost-benefit analyses in applied planning, the robustness and broader economic impact of cost-benefit analyses, and the modelling of transport and various types of pricing schemes. In addition, my research involves the public and political acceptance of transport policy and the valuation of travel time and reliability.

Scientific background

I was educated as a physicist (applied mathematics). I received my PhD in transport and location-analysis, with my dissertation focusing on land use and transport models. Following my doctoral studies, I worked as consultant, with a particular focus on modelling transport and transport policy. After seven years I returned to academia, becoming the head of the Centre for Transport Studies.