Here are the five selected Young Leaders in SLOCAT-VREF Sustainable Transport Programme.

The SLOCAT Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport and the VREF have now achieved their third round of the SLOCAT-VREF Young Leaders in Sustainable Transport programme.

The SLOCAT Partnership and the VREF launched in May 2019 the Young Leaders in Sustainable Transport programme. The programme builds bridges between the transport community and young people and explores new perspectives by creating an interface between knowledge and policy. It will also raise the capacity of young people and provide them new skills in evidence-based policy analysis for sustainable transport.

The 2021 Young Leaders in Sustainable Transport are:

Bianca Ryseck

Bianca Ryseck is a Transport Studies PhD candidate at the University of Cape Town where she is investigating the role of information technologies in enabling access to the hybrid public transport system in Cape Town. She holds an MSc from the London School of Economics in City Design and Social Science where her passion for contextualised-design methodologies for urban planning challenges in emerging cities was born.

She is passionate about the relationship between information technologies, equitable access to mobility, and incentives for behavioural change.

Cabrel Tokam

Cabrel Tokam is a Civil Engineer, pursuing a PhD in Structural and Pavement Engineering at The Pan African University in Nairobi, Kenya. His experiences (mainly acquired from diverse private companies such as STUDI International, and International Organisation such as The World Bank Group – Infrastructure Practice Group) cut across academic research, urban planning, transportation engineering and international development. During his experience, he collaborated effectively with diverse teams adding value to the projects/programmes he worked on (BRT-Dakar, Senegal and Cameroon Transport Sector Support Programme).

He is highly interested about sustainable mobility, climate mitigation and youth leadership. He is now supporting the UN Habitat ROA team as a Civil Engineer Intern in the Global Solutions Division.

Fatoumata Diallo

Fatoumata Diallo is a PhD candidate in comparative political sociology at the Center for International Studies of SciencesPo Paris. Her work investigates the implementation of urban transport projects and the circulation of urban policy models around the world.

Her research is located at the intersection between public policy analysis and urban studies and aims at deepening our understanding of urban governance structures using qualitative methods. She has notably analysed transport reforms in Cape Town, South Africa, Lagos, Nigeria and Greater Paris, France.

Richard Unuigboje

Richard Unuigboje is an Assistant Lecturer, Registered Town Planner, and Ph.D. candidate, University of Lagos. His research interests focus on active travel, non-motorised transport, urban resilience, and waste to wealth practices for the urban poor. He was part of the University of Lagos team that prepared the Lagos Resilience Strategy and the Ajegunle-Ikorodu Community Resilience Action Plan.

Robert Ambunda

Robert is a researcher and academic in the departments of Civil Engineering at Stellenbosch University (South Africa) and University of Namibia (Namibia). His areas of research interest encompass transport modelling, transportation planning and design, Intelligent Transport Systems and MAAS. He has worked with local institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa on data driven road safety and public transport policy and performance targets development.
Robert is passionate about sustainable forms of public transport towards creating greener, safer and less polluted productive cities. He holds a Masters (MEng) and PhD in Civil Engineering from Stellenbosch University.

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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


Catalysing Curriculum Change at Universities in SSA 2022 Pdf, 1.3 MB. (Pdf, 1.3 MB)

This Call is an opportunity for scholars and teachers in sub-Saharan Africa to contribute to
renewing university-based education, while also strengthening knowledge and capacity among the next generation of SSA researchers and practitioners.

Deadline: 15 June 2022


The VREF invites PhD students and researchers in early stages of their career to apply for a Study Visit Grant to be supported with up to SEK 30 000.

MOBILITY GRANT 2022- MAC-MG 2022 Pdf, 447.1 kB. (Pdf, 447.1 kB)

The VREF invites PhD students and advanced master students from Sub-Saharan African (SSA) universities to apply for a Mobility Grant (MG) to support a visit to another SSA university with up to SEK 25 000.

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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This Meeting of the Minds' blog monthly releases interviews of global transportation researchers from the VREF's Future Urban Transport Program Network.


This CityFix series, produced by the WRI (World Ressources Institute) Ross Center for Sustainable Cities and supported by the VREF, discusses walking and cycling in cities with a special focus on low- and middle-income countries.

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