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Mobility and Access in Sub-Saharan African Cities

Released date: 190711

Open for application until 2019-10-15

The MAC program seeks to contribute to forming a new generation of highly skilled sub-Saharan university researchers and teachers, as well as to engage professionals, policy makers and actors within civil society who are committed to achieving goals of sustainable and equitable urban mobility and access. Leading international experts can also contribute to the program through collaborative research projects with their sub-Saharan African counterparts.

The current Call is one of the first stages of research funding within the MAC program. Starting in 2020, the MAC program will be expanded to encompass large, long-term initiatives for supporting research, education and dissemination in core areas of the program.

The current Call is directed to the following groups:

  • sub-Saharan university-based researchers who have expertise on sustainable and equitable mobility and access in sub-Saharan African cities;
  • sub-Saharan university-based researchers who have not previously engaged in transport- related research but who have expertise that could fruitfully be applied to these areas;
  • sub-Saharan university-based researchers with strong interests in carrying out interdisciplinary research that can contribute to new knowledge and insights on issues related to sustainable and equitable mobility and access.

More specifically, the Call is directed at exploratory, comparative research on issues that are relevant to these themes. This work can entail the exchange of e.g. empirical work (such as case studies), methodologies, analytical tools, data collection, policy experiences, or research results from work on sustainable and equitable mobility and access in specific urban contexts in sub-Saharan Africa. This type of comparative research can encompass both the exchange of in-depth knowledge that has already been accumulated over time but has not previously been placed in a comparative perspective, as well as new, exploratory work on emergent issues or approaches within the respective thematic areas.

VREF foresees that successful research proposals will approach these areas through cross-disciplinary approaches that link perspectives and approaches from multiple disciplines or areas, e.g. engineering, social sciences, behavioral sciences, and the humanities.

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The current Call is mainly directed to sub-Saharan university-based researchers with expertise on sustainable and equitable mobility and access in sub-Saharan African cities, and/or previously engaged in transport-related research, and strongly interested in carrying out interdisciplinary research on issues related to sustainable and equitable mobility and access,

Call open until 2019-10-15


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