The Håkan Frisinger Award 2022
Professor Simon Matti, Political Science, Luleå University of Technology

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The 2022 scholarship from Håkan Frisinger's Foundation for Transport Research is awarded to Simon Matti, Professor at Luleå University of Technology. The Foundation has also decided to grant SEK 500 000 SEK for the VREF Visiting Researcher Programme 2022 to Chalmers University of Technology.

Simon Matti 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 Chalmers University of Technology which hosts the award-winning guest researcher.

“Simon Matti's research concerns strategy and policy for climate and the environment, which is very relevant for the field of transport research. Prof. Matti focuses on general political attitudes, political legitimacy and political behavior, and also has well-documented experience of interdisciplinary research. His strong scientific track record is combined with a strong teaching and supervision record at various levels (bachelor's degree, master's degree and doctoral degree), and he has shown the ability to research communication and implement research results that lead to societal impact,” says the Board of Håkan Frisinger’s Foundation in their motivation.

The proposed program at Chalmers University of Technology will provide good opportunities for fruitful interdisciplinary collaboration. Matti's experience of general political attitudes and behavioral economics will contribute to research on transport and mobility, especially in terms of consumption patterns and adjustment.

  • A price ceremony and a seminar for both Awardees 2021, Professor Johan Holmgren and 2022, Professor Simon Matti, will be held on Wednesday, October 12, 2022 from 13.00, at the Chalmerska Huset, Gothenburg, Sweden.
  • Press release in English


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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