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The Center for Sustainable Urban Development, New York, USA
Land Use and Transport Planning
The Center for Sustainable Urban Development (CSUD) in New York aims to contribute to achieving physically and socially sustainable cities, by establishing research and educational exchanges with cities in developing countries, particularly with cities in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Elliot Sclar

“We have already made progress. The national government has realized that there is a need for coordinated city and traffic planning for Nairobi and its satellite cities," says Elliott Sclar, Director of CSUD.

The Center for Sustainable Urban Development (CSUD) is a center within the Earth Institute of Columbia University in the City of New York. It carries out its work through partnerships between its New York based professional staff and partners at the University of Nairobi and the Kenya Institute for Policy Research and Analysis, among others. Approximately ten researchers and a varying number of students participate in the Centre. The Centre was established in 2004 and is financed by VREF through 2009. The Centre also has partial funding from the Rockefeller Foundation, which sponsored a month-long conference titled “Innovations for an Urban World: A Global Urban Summit," which was held in Bellagio, Italy, in 2007.

Host organisation:
The Earth Institute of Columbia University
Link to the Centre's Website

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The VREF invites Sub-Saharan based researchers with expertise on sustainable and equitable
mobility and access or related areas, and strong interest in carrying out interdisciplinary research. Open for application until 2020-09-29


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.

Each year the Håkan Frisinger Foundation for Transportation Research awards a scholarship to a prominent researcher.


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 extended to April 30, 2020 due to COVID19.


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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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