Research Briefs

The format of the VREF Research Briefs is a 2-pager article written by well-informed policy makers, practitioners and researchers in a “popular science” style. Enhanced with related illustrations, the briefs aim to summarize state-of-the-art and/or latest new research findings.

The VREF intend to publish 5 to10 Research Briefs per year on line. In complement, some of them will also be printed and disseminated under different upcoming events.

  • 2017-02-23

    China Urban Transport Database (CUTD)

    This Research Brief presents research achievements and experience gained in constructing the China Urban Transport Database (CUTD), which has been developed according to the principles of operability,...
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  • 2017-01-24

    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 resea...
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  • 2015-07-06

    Strategies for constructive change

    It is one thing to know of technologies and policies that advance sustainable transport goals, and quite another to understand the political negotiations and governance strategies required to implemen...
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  • 2015-06-30

    Transit Leadership Summit: 2012 to 2014

    From 2012 to 2014, the Transit Leadership Summit (TLS) provided a forum for critical international dialogue about transit issues at the highest levels of executive management. The small group setting,...
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  • 2015-05-26

    Organising and Managing Urban Freight Partnership

    Partnerships can contribute significantly to solving urban freight problems; they provide a good oppor­tunity to consider the various perspectives of stake­holders and thereby identify possible soluti...
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  • 2015-04-27

    Freight Trip Generation Modelling

    This research brief highlights the importance of quantifying freight trips as a step toward enhancing understanding of urban freight systems.
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  • 2015-03-19

    Mega Transport Projects and Success

    The VREF release today its first Research Brief as short-form summaries of research findings in topics of relevance to the VREF Future Urban Transport Program.
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The VREF invites PhD students and early stage researchers to apply for a VREF Study Visit Grant to support a study visit with up to SEK 30 000.

The invitation is open until October 31st, 2017.


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


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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