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UC Berkeley Center for Future Urban Transport, Berkeley, USA
Searching for new ideas
The western world´s transportation systems cannot be copied by developing countries, because their conditions are too different. Researchers at VREF´s CoE in Berkeley are working on new ideas for sustainable transportation systems that suit conditions in both developing and developed countries.
Carlos F. Daganzo

“We can provide advice based on scientific evaluations and, thereby, help bring attention to solutions that can really improve transportation systems," says Carlos F. Daganzo, Director of the UC Berkeley Center for Future Urban Transport.

The UC Berkeley Center for Future Urban Transport was established in 2004. The Centre´s overarching aim is to develop new methods and solutions for sustainable transportation, addressing the specific problems of developing countries.

The Centre is financed by VREF through 2010 at a level of SEK 25 million, plus about 1.3 million US dollars from other sources in the form of research grants and fellowships.

The Centre collaborates with other CoEs and shares knowledge widely with researchers from many universities and research institutes around the world.

Host organisation:
Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Berkeley
Link to the Centre's Website

The VREF invites PhD students and early stage researchers to apply for a Study Visit Grant to be supported with up to SEK 30 000.

The invitation is open until 181031.

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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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