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Invitation to a virtual Research Forum about Informal Public Transport, Wednesday, January 26, 2022.

The VREF invites you to a virtual Research Forum on January 26, 2022, in which the main findings of the bibliometric study on informal transport and mobility will be shared.

In June 2021, The Volvo Research and Educational Foundations (VREF) launched its new programme on Informal Public Transport (IPT). As part of its process of shaping the future work in the programme, VREF commissioned a global bibliometric study on informal transport and shared mobility. The study was carried out under the leadership of Professor Roger Behrens, University of Cape Town, and completed in December 2021.

VREF would like to invite you to a virtual VREF Research Forum on January 26, 2022 in which the main findings of the bibliometric study on informal transport and mobility will be shared. Following that, well known experts in the field will share their feedback on the study and provide their thoughts on key research within the area IPT.

The research forum will also provide opportunities for the audience to raise questions and share their views through interactive polls.

Please remember to register here to join VREF Research Forum January 26!

For full details, see the program here Pdf, 2.4 MB. (Pdf, 2.4 MB).

Download the bibliometric study "Informal and shared mobility - A bibliometric analysis and researcher network mapping".


Event: Virtual Research Forum: Informal Public Transport Pdf, 2.4 MB. (Pdf, 2.4 MB)

When: Wednesday, January 26, 2022, from 09.00 to 10.00 CET.

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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


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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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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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