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Research projects

Following an open call for research proposals in 2019, VREF approved funding for eight exploratory, comparative research projects. The successful research teams represent 19 cities in 14 countries across the regions of sub-Saharan Africa. But Mobility and Access had already some projects since 2014 other on-going projects.

2021 projects

2020 projects


2019 projects


Other Projects

  • Pedestrian-safe public transport systems: Infrastructure, operations, vehicles, policies, and legislation led by the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, with Prof. Geetam Tiwari as Project Leader
  • Public transport advocacy in African cities led by the Columbia University, New York, with Associate Research Scholar Jacqueline Klopp as Project Leader


Completed Projects

SP-2006

  • In search of a mechanism for institutional co-ordination in the planning process: a strategy for improved public transportation in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Project leader: Ahmad KANYAMA
    Host organisation: Royal Institute of Technology, Dept of Urban Studies, School of Architecture and Built Environment, Stockholm, Sweden
    Abstract: SP-2006-01 Abstract Pdf, 224.3 kB. (Pdf, 224.3 kB)
    Bio and Key Ref.: SP-2006-01 Bio and Key References Pdf, 92.9 kB. (Pdf, 92.9 kB)
  • Land, urban form and ecological footprint of transport: application of geo-information to measure transport related urban sustainability in developing countries with a case study of Ahmedabad, India
  • Project leader: Mark ZUIDGEEST
    Host organisation: ITC International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation, Enschede, The Netherlands
    Web-site: www.itc.nl/PGM
    Abstract: SP-2006-09 Abstract Pdf, 358.2 kB. (Pdf, 358.2 kB)
    Bio, Key Ref. and List of Publications: SP-2006-09 Bio- KeyRef-list of Publications Pdf, 156.1 kB. (Pdf, 156.1 kB)

SP-2004

  • Urban form, public transport and participatory planning: A Case Study of Dar-es-Salaam ,Tanzania
    Project leader: Annika CARLSSON-KANYAMA
    Host organisation: Dept of Industrial Ecology, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden

SP-2002

  • Causes of road traffic crashes in an urban setting in Kenya: implications for urban transport development
    Project leader: Wilson ODERO
    Host organisation: School of Public Health, Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya
  • Institutional and Technical Constraints in Planning for Sustainable Urban Transportation: A Case Study of Dar es Salaam ,Tanzania
    Project leader: Annika CARLSSON-KANYAMA
    Host organisation: Environmental Strategies Research Group, ESRG, FOI, Stockholm, Sweden


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MOBILITY AND ACCESS: 

Invitation to submit an Expression of interest in writing a think piece: gender informed mobility planning. Pdf, 622.2 kB. (Pdf, 622.2 kB)

This invitaton is an opportunity for scholars in sub-Saharan Africa to write a think piece on the theme of “Gender-informed mobility planning, governance and policy in African cities: status, barriers, ways forward.” Through this invitation, VREF welcomes expressions of interest (EoI) for a commissioned work on this theme.

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Deadline: 15 May 2022

MOBILITY AND ACCESS: 

Catalysing Curriculum Change at Universities in SSA 2022 Pdf, 1.3 MB. (Pdf, 1.3 MB)

This Call is an opportunity for scholars and teachers in sub-Saharan Africa to contribute to
renewing university-based education, while also strengthening knowledge and capacity among the next generation of SSA researchers and practitioners.

Deadline: 15 June 2022

 STUDY VISIT GRANT 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.

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 now extended to: April 4, 2022 .

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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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