Study Visit Grant: Transportation Accessibility

Kayleigh Bierman Campbell, PhD Candidate in Sustainable Development, University of Columbia, New York, wins Grants to Support Research on Transportation Infrastructure.

Kayleigh Bierman Campbell, a sixth-year PhD candidate in sustainable development, has earlier received a Study Visit Grant from the Volvo Research and Educational Foundations for her research on examining transportation infrastructure in cities, especially focused on Nairobi, Kenya.

Kayleigh B. Campbell researches on the impact of bike-sharing and other forms of urban transportation in cities. Her adviser is Professor Elliott Sclar, Director of the Center for Sustainable Urban Development at the Earth Institute, and professor at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, Columbia University.

Kayleigh B. Campbell used the Study Visit Grant to support her research in Nairobi, Kenya, where she sought to measure and draw attention to transit accessibility in a city with a history of inequality that has been embedded into the city’s infrastructure.

During the visit, she met with colleagues at the University of Nairobi and in the public as well as in the private sector. She delivered two presentations during the trip, which gave her invaluable feedback. 

Being on the ground in Nairobi gave Kayleigh B. Campbell first-hand experience of how the transportation system operates. The travel to Nairobi gave her a much richer network of colleagues and a better perspective for the research project. It made feasible a collaboration with other PhD students at the University of Nairobi.  Meeting colleagues face-to-face, sharing local knowledge and data visualization skills allow her to access an even strong piece of research with a bigger local impact.

The project was accepted to be a poster presentation at the American Collegiate Schools of
Planning’s Annual Conference on October 22-25.

Kayleigh B. Campbell recently also received a Dwight D. Eisenhower Graduate Fellowship from the Federal Highway Administration.

Read more about Kayleigh Campbell and her successful research on SIPA's page.

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VREF invites applications for research grants to support
projects to be implemented 2022 under the programme for “Mobility & Access in African Cities”.

Deadline: 15 September 2021

MOBILITY GRANT 2021- MAC-MG 2021PDF (pdf, 443.4 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.


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.

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 2021-03-15.

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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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