All too often large projects fall foul of substantial cost escalations. These are typically seen as signs of inefficiency and are often associated with public-sector projects. Cantarelli’s research aims to assess the influence of project ownership and financing on project performance of major programmes, where performance encompasses cost overrun, schedule and demand shortfall, unit costs, and viability. She is concerned with the probable cost performance of public-private partnership (PPP) projects and whether there is a difference between public, private or PPP projects.
Cost overruns in Large-Scale Transport Infrastructure Projects. A theoretical and empirical exploration for the Netherlands and worldwide.
Infrastructure investment per square kilometer is probably higher in the Netherlands than in any other European country, yet little is known about the actual costs of this infrastructure, to what degree it was built on budget and schedule.
Cantarelli’s research benchmarks the problems, causes and cures of transport infrastructure planning in the Netherlands compared to other nations, and investigates how to improve current practices of managing major transport infrastructure programmes.
Related (peer-reviewed) Journal Publications:
Chantal C. Cantarelli, Casper G. Chorus, and Scott W. Cunningham, Explaining cost overruns of large-scale transportation infrastructure projects using a signalling game. Transportmetrica. (Forthcoming).
"Geographical variation in project cost performance: the Netherlands versus worldwide." Co-authors: Soren L. Buhl, and Bent Flyvbjerg. Journal of Transport Geography, May 2012, online.
"Characteristics of cost overruns for Dutch transport infrastructure projects and the importance of the decision to build and project phases." Co-authors: Eric E. J. Molin, Bert van Wee, and Bent Flyvbjerg. Transport Policy, vol 22, July 2012, pp. 49-56.
"Different cost performance: different determinants? The case of cost overruns in Dutch transport infrastructure projects." Co-authors: Eric J. E. Molin, Bert van Wee, and Bent Flyvbjerg. Transport Policy, vol 22, July 2012, pp. 88-95.
"Lock-in and its influence on the project performance of large-scale transportation infrastructure projects: investigating the way in which lock-in can emerge and affect cost overruns." Co-authors: Eric J. E. Molin, Bert van Wee, and Bent Flyvbjerg. Environment and Planning B: Planning & Design, vol. 37, May 2010, pp. 792-807.
"Cost overruns in large-scale transportation infrastructure projects: explanations and their theoretical embeddedness." Co-authors: Eric J. E. Molin, Bert van Wee, and Bent Flyvbjerg. European Journal of Transport and Infrastructure Research, vol. 10, no. 1, March 2010, pp. 5-18.