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Publications

VREF publications under the MAC program include commissioned position papers on the themes of the programme, as well as scientific papers, research briefs and books.


Position papers

Commissioned by VREF in 2019, five position papers on “state-of-the-art” knowledge within the following themes of the MAC program will be published in 2020:

  • User Needs and Practices in African Cities
  • Governing Mobility in African Cities
  • Emerging Business Models and Service Options in the Shared Transport Sector in African Cities
  • Safety, Health and the Urban Environment in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Public Transport System Design and Modal Integration in African Cities


Research Briefs



  • Linking Higher Education and Practical Knowledge
    Written by Herrie Schalekamp and Gail Jennings, and based on work by the VREF African Center of Excellence for Studies in Public and Non-Motorised Transport (ACET), University of Cape Town, this research brief discusses the University of Cape Town’s work amongst adult learners who have extensive experience of public transport operations but little exposure to higher education.
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Research Synthesis Reports



  • Achieving Equitable Sustainable Mobility and Access in Sub-Saharan Africa: an overview of the state of knowledge, Summary
    VREF has commissioned position papers within 5 of the 6 core themes. The purpose of these papers is to provide an overview of current knowledge on issues related to mobility and access in Sub-Saharan African (SSA) cities, as well as to inform VREF and researchers in Sub-Saharan Africa in developing a research agenda in this area.
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  • The case for investing in paratransit by Gail Jennings and Roger Behrens
    This research synthesis summarizes, updates and presents the main messages in the book publication Paratransit in African Cities: Operations, Regulation and Reform, edited by Roger Behrens, Dorothy McCormick and David Mfinanga (Routledge, 2016).
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  • Transport and Social Exclusion in five African Cities - a report produced by INTALInC and supported by VREF
    This report is a scoping study of the transport conditions and experiences of people and communities living at the margins of Africa’s burgeoning cities, and is established with the participation of African partner organisations and local communities. Across five case studies, the authors have focused on the needs of the majority people who are living on or below the poverty threshold for their country.
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Books



  • Paratransit in African Cities: Operations, Regulation and Reform
    Authors: Behrens, Roger; McCormick, Dorothy; Mfinanga, David A.
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  • Non-Motorized Transport Integration into Urban Transport Planning in Africa
     Edited by Winnie V. Mitullah, Marianne Vanderschuren, Meleckidzedeck Khayesi
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  • In Search of a Framework for Institutional Coordination in the Planning for Public Transportation in Sub-Saharan African Cities
    Authors: Ahmad A. Kanyama, Göran Cars
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MOBILITY AND ACCESS THIRD CALL FOR RESEARCH PROPOSALS

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.

 STUDY VISIT GRANT 2021

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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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.

TheCityFix

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.

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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