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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The current Call is mainly directed to sub-Saharan university-based researchers with expertise on sustainable and equitable mobility and access in sub-Saharan African cities, and/or previously engaged in transport-related research, and strongly interested in carrying out interdisciplinary research on issues related to sustainable and equitable mobility and access,

Call open until 2019-10-15


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.

Invitation open until 2019-10-31

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