Supported Calls - Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarship for Sustainable Transport and Energy Efficiency

VREF support the Call for Lee Schipper Scholarship out for application. The Schipper family and the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities are now accepting applications for the 2020 Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarship for Sustainable Transport and Energy Efficiency.

Since 2018 the Volvo Research and Educational Foundation has supported the scholarship through a grant as well as linking the scholars to the VREF network of researchers.

The Scholarship usually awards up to three exceptional candidates a maximum of $10,000 each to advance transformative research in efficient and sustainable transport.

In addition to the usual annual global call for two scholars, for the first time in the history of the scholarships, one of them will be dedicated to the support of a young researcher from the African continent.

Learn more about the scholarship or directly apply for the call here.

Awardees (Granted from 2018 by VREF)

2020 - Abisai Konstantinus, Jungwoo Chun and Fariba Siddiq

  • Dr. Abisai Konstantinus

“Evaluating Conditions for Regional Maritime Transport in Southern Africa”.

Dr. Abisai Konstantinus is the African scholar in the history of the Lee Schipper Scholarship. He is a maritime expert based in Swakopmund, Namibia with experience as a seafarer, marine pilot, lecturer and researcher in the African maritime domain. He holds several degrees in Maritime Studies (CPUT), MPhil: Shipping Law (UCT), PQE: ICS, MSc: Shipping Management and Logistics (WMU) and a PhD Transport Engineering (UCT). His research will focus on the development of regional maritime transport in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) region. His study will delve on the perceptions and experience of shipowners and operators to assist in identifying strategies to overcome barriers in regional maritime transport and favor its strategic role in the region as viable alternative to the more carbon-intensive road transport in the region.

See here an interview av Dr. Abisai Konstantinus about Studying maritime Freight in Africa

  • Mr. Jungwoo Chun

Institutional Innovation, Change Agents and the Electrification of Personal Transportation

Mr. Jungwoo Chun, a Korean national, is a PhD candidate in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachussets (USA). His research looks into the electrification of personal and commercial transportation, with a political economy focus on the role that key institutions and institutional stakeholders play in promoting the policy reforms that lead to vehicle electrification based on case studies of institutional dynamics in Denmark, Norway and Iceland. His objective is to contribute to the knowledge base for institutional and policy transformations required to promote electric vehicle adoption globally which is accelerating in the years to come.

  • Ms. Fariba Siddiq

Cross-Cultural Gender Differences in Travel: Ride-Hailing’s Emerging Role”.

Ms. Fariba Siddiq, a Bangladeshi national, is a PhD candidate in the Department of Urban Planning and a researcher at the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles (USA). Her research will analyze gender differences in ride-hailing access and use experiences through a cross-cultural study in two global cities, Dhaka and Los Angeles. Her research will explore how and to what extent are these burgeoning ride-hailing services affecting safe and independent movement of women, before and after COVID-19. Her research will also provide insight into ride-hailing services’ use by different segments of the population and whether the use of this new mode is bringing in any transformational change in terms of access to opportunities in developed and developing countries, both for women and men.

2019 - Valentina Montoya and Teddy Forscher

Valentina Montoya is currently an SJD candidate at Harvard Law School. Her work broadly focuses on the commuting characteristics of female domestic workers in Latin American cities, and how local government law shapes these commutes. As part of a research agenda that aims to connect the legal structures of authority with the way cities are planned and the impact of these designs on the real-life experiences of domestic workers, she is using a mixed-method approach to capture the gap between the way planners think and how domestic workers experience the city as profoundly disempowered commuters. Her research aims at promoting public policy and legal changes to respond to domestic workers' needs, and by doing so, improving the commuting conditions of similarly situated users in cities in the global south. Before her doctoral studies, Valentina received a master's degree in Law, also from Harvard Law School, a master's degree in legal theory, and a dual bachelor's degree in Law and Political Science from Universidad de los Andes, in Bogotá, Colombia.

Teddy Forscher is currently a fourth year PhD student in the Transportation Engineering program at the University of California, Berkeley Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS). His work broadly focuses on the impacts that changes in personal consumption patterns—particularly towards more e-commerce transactions—have on transportation networks. As part of a research agenda that aims to enhance municipal and regional adaptability in the presence of new mobility services, he is developing demand models that capture preferences for a wide variety of online goods (e.g., parcels, groceries, hot food, etc.). Additionally, he aims to pair this work with insights gathered regarding the volume and composition of changing last-mile delivery fleets to produce one of the first comprehensive views of the near-term future of consumption and transportation. Prior to his doctoral studies, Teddy received a dual Master’s degree in Transportation Engineering and City + Regional Planning, also from U.C. Berkeley.

See also the recording of the presentations at the "Transforming Transportation 2020"

2018 - Junia Compostella and Jaime Soza Parra

2017 - Joanna Moody and Rafael Pereira

See an article related to the award 2017 released by the CityFix here

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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.

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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 .


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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.

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