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Research Director -

for the Volvo Research and Educational Foundations initiative Financing Urban Access

The Volvo Research and Educational Foundations (VREF) invite senior professionals to submit an Expression of Interest for the position of Research Director for a new VREF initiative in the field of Financing Urban Access. The call will be closed February 20th 2014.

The mission of the Financing Urban Access (FUA) initiative will be to develop and test analytical frameworks for how to achieve socially inclusive urban access including its financing and governance. The initiative will consist of two phases. During the first phase (2015-2016/17), the key questions that need to be addressed in order to develop new urban transport paradigms will be formulated. The aim of the second phase (2017-2018/19) will be to test the key concepts of the new paradigms, in interactive work together with interested city leaders. Academics and practitioners will participate in both phases, but with different intensities and modes of interaction. VREF expects that a successful initiative will create durable networks of researchers and practitioners that can begin to assist interested city leaders in exploring new approaches.

The role of the Research Director will be to lead the project team and the intellectual progress of the initiative. We envisage that the Research Director (RD) will be a senior professional/academic with a wide network amongst both researchers and practitioners. The RD should have a relevant and supportive host institution, and be ready to devote most of her/his time over the next five years to the VREF Financing Urban Access initiative. The RD will be chosen in a two-step process during January – June 2014. This open call to submit Expressions of Interest is the first step. In the second step, the most interesting candidates will be invited to submit a proposal describing how they would like to set up the research project. The VREF Board expects to appoint an RD in June 2014, who will be tasked to select a core team of researchers and develop a project plan for the first phase of the initiative, with the aim of launching the FUA early in 2015.

Further background can be found under "Completing Info" or below:

Completing info:

Downloads here:

1. GuidelinesPDF (pdf, 396.2 kB), Call for Expressions of Interest - Financing Urban Access

2. The Road MapPDF (pdf, 378.1 kB) - Financing Urban Access

3. Questions and AnswersPDF (pdf, 485.9 kB) related to the call

No ongoing call.

The earlier call dated 131221, Financing Urban Access, Research Director, is now closed for application and the review process is ongoing. 


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