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See you at the VREF Research Forum!

Mobilize week is here! And although we can't meet in Pune, India, we are delighted and grateful that we will still meet – and we are overwhelmed by the response that you have shown us during the planning of our first and virtual VREF Research Forum - Collective Action: Research in the Transformation of Urban Transport. Thank You!

This Tuesday and Thursday (October 27 and 29) we are more than 140 participants from 23 countries meeting in this new and co-created format. More than 50 of us will also contribute with content. Especially through the hosted conversations, which will address the topics that you by voting have ranked as most urgent and relevant.

The programme at a glance:

  • Tuesday 27/10, 09.00-09.45 AM EDT

Plenary: Urban Transport Research in Times of Covid-19

Featuring Genevieve Giuliano, Henrik Nolmark, Winnie Mitullah, Jane Summerton, Christo Venter, Jose Holguin-Veras and Laetitia Dablanc

Hosted Conversations 10.00-11.00 AM EDT

  • Re-enchanting the People with BRT and Public Transport after Covid
  • The Climate Crisis: Have we normalised it?
  • Could moto-taxis, tuk-tuks and minibuses be the future of urban mobility?
  • Power, politics and conflict: the underpinnings of transforming urban transport?
  • Relationship between person trips and home deliveries in the post-COVID era
  • What constitutes success or failure in an urban transport project?
  • Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on ecommerce and "panic buying"

Hosted Conversations 11:20 AM -12:20 PM EDT

  • The Role and Future of Transport Workers
  • The treasure hunt to urban e-commerce mobility data: how to advance further?
  • What does the COVID-19 mobility response in Africa tell us about what needs to happen next for pedestrians and cyclists in African cities?
  • Learning from the BRTS implementation experience
  • How should the automobile be managed in our cities?
  • The past, present and future of cycling in African cities
  • Trends and impacts of e-commerce and good deliveries in cities

  • Thursday 29/10, 09.00-09.45 AM EDT

Plenary: Advancing the Agenda for Future Urban Transport

Featuring Genevieve Giuliano, Henrik Nolmark, Heather Allen, Stanford Turner, and Torbjörn Holmström.

Hosted Conversations 10.00-11.00 AM EDT

  • What is the role of research to progress on the concept “Mobility as a Service”
  • Who Is Ready To Pay For Mass Transit?
  • Making better use of research results
  • Understanding corruption in the transport sector
  • Mitigating impact of Covid-19 led tele-working on urban and Peri-urban transportation systems
  • Access Resilience – Transport planning under deep uncertainty
  • Decarbonizing Goods Movement

Hosted Conversations 11:20 AM -12:20 PM EDT

  • How Just and Equal are the new Mobility Solutions?
  • Sustainable urban mobility transition pathways: how do public policies and governance matter?
  • Gaining lost ground: post-Covid-19 transportation recovery and its impact on women with low-incomes
  • Will the shift to working from home continue post-COVID?
  • BRT and Paratransit: Competitors or Allies?
  • How politics and power shape urban mobility in Africa

Governing Urban Mobility System: How to (re)introduce Public Agency?

See below how you can access to the recorded plenary sessions.

Once again, thank you for the great commitment and enthusiasm that so many of you have put into the preparations of this week, and see you soon!


Event: MOBILIZE Week

When: From October 27 and 29, VREF Virtual Research Forum

Where: Virtual

Registration: closed but the plenary sessions will be recorded. As an already registered participant you can log in and read the full program here.

For further information & updates on the Mobilize virtual summit, you can even visit

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Skills and Tools Academic Short Courses 2022 Pdf, 814.7 kB. (Pdf, 814.7 kB)

This Call is an opportunity for scholars and teachers in sub-Saharan Africa to make a
concrete contribution to strengthening the academic skills of next generation African researchers in fields related to urban transport and mobility

Deadline: 15 February 2022


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.

MOBILITY GRANT 2022- MAC-MG 2022 Pdf, 447.1 kB. (Pdf, 447.1 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.

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.

Closed on 2022-03-03.

Read more... Pdf, 233.6 kB. (Pdf, 233.6 kB)

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 .


Blog! Blog! Blog!

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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