CRG Seminar: Harnessing the Dividends of Inclusive Cross-National Collaboration in Strategic Transport Projects

This seminar by Dr Taslim Alade (Erasmus University Rotterdam) investigates the process and extent of inclusive cross-national collaboration to realise benefits or dividends in strategic transport projects (STPs), characterised by complexity, ambiguity, and collaboration challenges between project organisations. With the increasing importance of STPs in realising (developing) countries’ adequate transport needs and demands, Dr Alade's team responds to calls for a more in-depth and long-term exploration of the benefits realised in inclusive STPs across the project lifecycle.

The research team conducted a multi-method, longitudinal case study of the Addis Ababa light rail transport project. By adopting a longitudinal perspective, Alade e.a.'s findings draw out the benefits of inclusive collaboration, and their impact on the realisation of light rail transport, in a cross-national STP across the pre-planning, development, and operations phases. They contribute to how organisations foster inclusiveness during a cross national STP to realise infrastructure benefits, and thereby provide an extension to our understanding of crucial benefits of STPs that go beyond the iron triangle.

This seminar is organised by the CRG 'Governance, entrepreneurship and inclusive development'.

Photo: La Gare railway station, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Credits: David Stanley (via Flickr).

Dr Taslim Alade is a lecturer at the Business-Society Management Department at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Taslim completed his PhD in 2020 at the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS), Erasmus University Rotterdam. His dissertation “Innovation Adaptation in Urban Light-Rail Transport” centers on how transport infrastructure authorities in Ethiopia and Nigeria adapts the pricing and infrastructural innovations from China, using frugal approach.


Date, time and location

17 January 2024
15.00 - 16.30
Pieter de la Courtgebouw / Faculty of Social Sciences, Wassenaarseweg 52, 2333 AK Leiden
Room 1.A12