Robert Hrelja


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My research is primarily concerned with the micro-level practices of sustainable transport policy, regional and local transport and land use planning, often with policy, implementation, and power as analytical themes. I am interested in how the actions of interested parties, their attitudes, expertise, and power relationships, influence transport system development and the potential for change. Much of my research has focused on the reasons why local authority decision-making and social planning is prone to tunnel vision, and the ways this can be remedied. I have, for example, studied how the strategies adopted by local politicians and officials to handle conflicting objectives lead to a continuance of planning for car use, in spite of policy objectives to the contrary; how power relations between businesses and authorities influence local decision-making; and how to achieve integrated transport and land use planning.

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.

Education:

PhD

Research results from Robert


People and parking requirements: Residential attitudes and day-to-day consequences of a...

A land use policy shift is taking place in a growing number of cities regarding parking, whereby a conventional supply management approach is being replaced with a parking management approach. As part of this policy shift, many cities are lowering...

The interplay of formal and informal institutions between local and regional authorities...

This paper analyzes how public transport planning is managed in institutional contexts where governance is spread across local and regional scales. The paper sheds light on two facets of the relationship between local and regional government: first,...

The qualities needed for a successful collaboration: A contribution to the conceptual...

The creation of an efficient public transport system requires collaborations between formal independent organizations. This paper examines collaborations between public and private organizations and passengers, with the aim of contributing to the...

Three performativities of innovation in public transport planning

The article scrutinizes planners’ stories of innovation in contemporary public transport planning in three Scandinavian contexts (Denmark, Sweden and Norway). This analysis is accomplished by adapting Judith Butler’s post-structural feminist...

Parkeringsnormer för bostäder: Porslinsfabriken – ett exempel på samspelet mellan läge,...

This report analyses the effects of lowered parking requirements for residents in the centrally located, relatively newly built housing area, Porslinsfabriken in Gothenburg. Porslinsfabriken has a relatively low parking requirement of 0.57 places...

The Swedish Joint Action Method against Drink Driving: A Study of Suspected Drink...

In Sweden, a joint action method called SMADIT is in use, where the police quickly offer help from the social services or the dependency care and treatment service to suspected drink drivers. One conclusion from this paper is that SMADIT, as an...

What Culture does to Regional Governance: Collaboration and Negotiation in Public...

In the context of public transportation, just as in many parts of society, the level of organizational complexity has increased over the last twenty years. Due to structural reforms and policy adjustments, responsibilities for the public...

Creating Transformative Force?: The Role of Spatial Planning in Climate Change...

Informed by the concept of strategy-making, this paper analyses the ability of spatial planning to support local climate change transitions towards sustainable transportation in two case studies of planning in Swedish municipalities with...

Integrating transport and land-use planning?: How steering cultures in local authorities...

Previous research has shown integrated planning to be important for achieving aims concerning more environmentally friendly transport operations, but less good at explaining prerequisites of implementation. This paper analyses how management and...

The Politics of Speed: Local and regional actors' views on speed limits, traffic safety...

In most European countries, the often difficult policy process of setting and implementing speed limits on specific roads is delegated to public administration on local and regional levels. The purpose of this paper is to describe and analyze the...

Choosing conflict on the road to sustainable mobility: A risky strategy for breaking path...

Previous studies have identified implementation problems connected to sustainable mobility. These difficulties raise the question of which strategies can be successfully pursued to break path dependencies in urban policy making. This article is...

Innovations for sustainable public transport: Experiences and challenges in the...

The aim of the project has been to analyse institutional and planning conditions for public transport in the Scandinavian countries from a comparative perspective, looking at the county of Skåne (Sweden) and the municipalities of Aarhus (Denmark)...

Samordning av trafik- och bebyggelseplanering: förutsättningar för hållbar mobilitet

The way buildings are positioned relative to the design of traffic systems influences the public?s travel patterns and their choice of transport mode. It is therefore important that building layout and traffic are coordinated in order to create...

Miljövänligare transporter?: Mål- och intressekonflikter i kommunala och regionala...

The purpose of this report is to analyse how conflicting objectives and interests affect the possibilities for creating more environmentally friendly transport systems at the local and regional level in Sweden. The issues are addressed through an...

Handling User Needs: Methods for Knowledge Creation in Swedish Transport Planning

Transport planning faces new demands for a dialogue with users. Transport planners no longer just build roads; nowadays they also must listen to users, whose wishes are meant to have an impact on the design and maintenance of the road transport...

IKEA and small city development in Sweden: Planning myths, realities and unsustainable...

This article analyses how urban authorities manage goals of sustainable development in decentralized planning contexts when faced with economic growth opportunities offered by a powerful development actor. This challenge is described and analysed in...

Kundorientering av myndigheter: hur kunskap om medborgarna och näringslivet skapas i...

New demands for dialogue with users are being made in transport planning. Transport planners no longer just build roads. Nowadays they also must listen to the users, and the wishes of the users have an impact on the design and maintenance of the...

Co-operation between police and social treatment services offering treatment to drink and...

Objective: To describe and analyze a measure that has been introduced in Sweden with the objective of quickly offering treatment for the alcohol or drug problems suspected drink or drug drivers may have. The goal of the measure is that every...

The Tyranny of Small Decisions: Unsustainable Cities and Local Day-to-Day Transport...

Though new goals for sustainable cities and transport systems have been developed, decisions and planning at a local level often fail to achieve these ambitions. The purpose of this article is to analyse the factors in local decision-making and...

Beslut om hastighetsgränser: prioriteringar, avvägningar och aktörer i regionala...

This report concerns the results of phase two of the research project "Speed issues on a regional level". Phase 2 describes and analyzes the concrete decision-making concerning the setting of speed limits. The study is based primarily on interviews...

One for all, or all for oneself?: Governance cultures in regional public transport...

Due to the fragmented organizational landscape characterizing public transport, it is important to study and explore how regional governance of public transport adapts to national institutional reforms. By employing the term ‘governance cultures’ to...