Håkan Frisinger Foundation for Means of Transport Research awards its 2021 scholarship to Johan Holmgren, Professor of Transport Economics at Molde University College, Norway for his research on sustainable investments in infrastructure.

Johan Holmgren is awarded the scholarship of SEK 300,000 for his extensive research work, while the grant of SEK 500,000 for the VREF (Volvo Research and Educational Foundations) Visiting Researcher Program is given to Malmö University, which hosts the award-winning guest researcher.

“From a scientific basis in transport economics, Johan Holmgren has made important contributions both in empirical works and policy-related publications. Several of his studies have focused on the so-called wider ‘benefits of accessibility’, which is highly relevant for ensuring sustainability in the development of infrastructure and making sure that investments are efficient to society,” says the Board of Håkan Frisinger’s Foundation in their motivation.

A seminar is planned to take place in spring 2022 at the end of the visiting period. Further details will be given later on.

Links to press release in Swedish Pdf, 222.5 kB. (Pdf, 222.5 kB) and in English Pdf, 203.1 kB. (Pdf, 203.1 kB).


Håkan Frisinger was CEO of Volvo in 1983-1987 and Chairman of the Board in 1997-1999.

From 2021, the Håkan Frisinger Foundation for Transportation Research awards a scholarship of SEK 300 000 to a prominent researcher active in the area of transportation, at a university or research institute of academic standing located in the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden). This Award is coupled to a grant for a Visiting Programme of SEK 500 000 to the university hosting the awarded visiting researcher. The objective of the Award is to promote and support research and development in the area of transportation, to the benefit of academia, industry and society in general, but not benefitting any specific private company or government.

Nomination of recipients of the Frisinger scholarship is conducted by the Volvo Research and educational Foundations (VREF) together with external reviewers. The decision about the scholarship is made by the Board of VREF.

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