The Håkan Frisinger Award 2021
Professor Johan Holmgren, Transport Economics, Molde University College, Norway

Photo: Arild J. Waagbø

The Håkan Frisinger Award 2021

The Håkan Frisinger Foundation for Means of Transport Research awards its 2018 scholarship to Johan Holmgren, Professor of Transport Economics at Molde University College, Norway for his research on sustainable investments in infrastructure.

Johan Holmgren is awarded the scholarship of SEK 300,000 for his extensive research work, while the grant of SEK 500,000 for the VREF Visiting Researcher Program is given to Malmö University, which hosts the award-winning guest researcher.

“From a scientific basis in transport economics, Johan Holmgren has made important contributions both in empirical works and policy-related publications. Several of his studies have focused on the so-called wider ‘benefits of accessibility’, which is highly relevant for ensuring sustainability in the development of infrastructure and making sure that investments are efficient to society,” says the Board of Håkan Frisinger’s Foundation in their motivation.

A seminar is planned to take place in spring 2022 at the end of the visiting period. Further details will be given later on.



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