Research project

Large infrastructure projects in Germany: Between ambition and realities

This study Large infrastructure projects in Germany: Between ambition and realities under the leadership of Genia Kostka, Professor of Governance of Energy and Infrastructure, analyses the scale, patterns and causes of cost overruns in 170 large public infrastructure projects in Germany. Of those, 119 were finished between 1960 and 2014 and 51 are currently still under construction. Projects from the building, transportation, defence, energy and ICT sectors are analysed based on systematically-planned versus real budgets. Three detailed case studies on the Berlin Airport BER, the Elb Philharmonic and Offshore Wind Parks round out the investigation.

Book

Large Infrastructure Projects in Germany: Between Ambition and Realities by Genia Kostka and Jobst Fiedler was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2016. The book examines why some large infrastructure projects are delayed or flawed and offers important insights on how to improve the running of future projects. Additionally, it covers the European Commission’s ambitious €315 billion investment plan, where Europe's infrastructure is a key area of focus.

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