About Mobility and Access

Cities provide many opportunities for their inhabitants, businesses, the public sector and civil society organizations. Opportunity is all about access: access to economic opportunities, education and services, a workforce, communities, and all kinds of material assets in the city.

To some extent access can be provided through proximity and concentration of activities, but people also need to move around in the city to reach desired destinations. Many city residents travel long distances, spending several hours a day in cars, buses, trains or simply walking.

Hence, mobility is a key aspect of urban life and impacts a wide range of issues beyond the mobility and transportation system itself, such as justice, security and equality, climate change and the use of natural resources. Many cities are quite dependent on mobility through private car use. However, urban sustainability policies around the world are now developing in directions that focus increasingly on other modes of transportation, including public transportation, walking, biking and also so-called shared mobility solutions.

We know a lot about technologies, people’s behaviour and perceptions, system operation, finance, and the environmental and climate effects of urban mobility systems. Nevertheless, research is still needed to investigate and draw conclusions from the different contexts and stories around the world, and to contribute findings to improving policies and practice. With this in mind, VREF continues to support activities under the theme of Mobility and Access in Cities.

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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.


The VREF invites PhD students and early stage researchers to apply for a Study Visit Grant to be supported with up to SEK 30 000.

The invitation is now closed.

Each year the Håkan Frisinger Foundation for Transportation Research awards a scholarship to a prominent researcher.

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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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