Future Urban Transport

Volvo Research and Education Foundations (VREF) are focused on Future Urban Transport (FUT).

VREF supports research and educational activities on sustainable transport for equitable access in urban areas.

Through the Future Urban Transport Program - How to deal with the complexity of urban transport (FUT), VREF invests in the development and spread of knowledge and examples of good practice. The aim is to nurture change processes in cities and businesses through dissemination and implementation of research findings.  The FUT Program, started in 2001, has created ten Centres of Excellence across the world, and organised a series of projects and events.

Our Vision:
Sustainable transport for equitable access in urban areas 

Our Mission:
To support the development of new knowledge on ideas and solutions that can contribute to equitable access and sustainable urban transport;

To support the development of educational and outreach programs in the area of equitable access and sustainable urban transport;

To contribute to the dissemination and implementation of research findings among both university researchers, practitioners, decision makers and other relevant stakeholders;

To support demonstrative examples and change processes.


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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.


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 now closed.

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

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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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