1 Research Synthesis produced by VREF

  • Achieving Equitable Sustainable Mobility and Access in Sub-Saharan Africa: an overview of the state of knowledge

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  • Governance of Metropolitan Transport, a synthesis by Måns Lönnroth

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  • The case for investing in paratransit by Gail Jennings and Roger Behrens

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  • Why Goods Movement Matters - by the RPA in collaboration with the VREF 

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2 Research Synthesis supported by VREF

  • Transport and Social Exclusion in five African Cities - a report produced by INTALInC and supported by VREF

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  • Transforming Cities with Bus Rapid Transit - How to integrate BRT? a report produced by UITP, BRT+ and supported by VREF

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  • Transforming Urban Transport: Political Strategies and Tactics by Diane Davis and Lily Song

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  • METRANS Online Webinar: Analysing Impacts of Major Events: A case study of the LA Coliseum Thursday, February 18, Noon (Pacific Time)

    The webinar is organised by our partner METRANS Transportation Center at the University of Southern California and is a part of the Spring 2021 Speake...
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  • On-Line free and self paced course: Transforming Urban Mobility: Components of Transport Planning for Sustainable Cities - from Monday, January 11, 2021

    The webinar is organised by our partner TUMI in collaboration with the Bartlett School of Planning. Registration is free.
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  • Webinar: Enhancing Financial Sustainability and Commercial Viability of BRTs in Sub-Saharan Africa-Factor Analysis and Assessment Tool - on Wednesday, December 15, 4-6 PM CET

    The webinar is organised by our partner Advancing public transport, UITP. Registration is free.
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  • A new initiative for mobility and access in Africa

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  • Strategies for constructive change

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  • Linking Higher Education and Practical Knowledge

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  • Urban Freight in Delhi: Characteristics and Mobility Restrictions

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  • Organising and Managing Urban Freight Partnership

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  • Freight Trip Generation Modelling

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  • Mega Transport Projects and Success

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CALL FOR NOMINATION FOR the Håkan Frisinger Award for Excellence in Transportation Research

The VREF invites universities located in Sweden to nominate candidates for The Håkan Frisinger Award (Håkan Frisingers pris till framstående transportforskare) and apply for a VREF Visiting Researcher Grant for the nominated candidate.

Open for nomination until 2021-03-15. Read more...PDF (pdf, 233.8 kB)

MOBILITY GRANT 2021- MAC-MG 2021PDF (pdf, 443.4 kB)

The VREF invites PhD students and advanced master students from Sub-Saharan African (SSA) universities to apply for a Mobility Grant (MG) to support a visit to another SSA university with up to SEK 25 000.


The VREF invites PhD students and researchers in early stages of their career to apply for a Study Visit Grant to be supported with up to SEK 30 000.

Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarships for Sustainable Transport and Energy Efficiency targets supporting the momentum of Lee Schipper’s contribution to the international policy dialogue in these fields.

This yearly award is aimed at supporting young individual researchers and students in is pursuance.

Call deadline: March 1, 2021 .


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Global Mobility Research

This Meeting of the Minds' blog monthly releases interviews of global transportation researchers from the VREF's Future Urban Transport Program Network.


This CityFix series, produced by the WRI (World Ressources Institute) Ross Center for Sustainable Cities and supported by the VREF, discusses walking and cycling in cities with a special focus on low- and middle-income countries.

About VREF

The Volvo Research and Educational Foundations (VREF) inspires, initiates and supports research and educational activities through the Future Urban Transport Programme - How to deal with the complexity of urban transport (FUT). 

Our Vision: Sustainable transport for equitable access in urban areas


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