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Dr. Cantillo is an associate professor of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Universidad del Norte, Colombia. He received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Universidad del Norte (1987); his M.S. in Traffic and Transportation Engineering from Universidad del Cauca, Colombia (1990) and his Ph.D. in Engineering Sciences (Transportation) from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (2005). He joined Universidad del Norte in 1990. Professor Cantillo´s research interests include transportation modeling, logistics, transportation economics and traffic engineering. He is now working on innovative models to estimate the impact of transport policies.
Dr. Cantillo has been involved as Principal Investigator on several projects related to transportation modeling and logistics. He was the project manager or Principal Investigator for several Colciencias-funded Strategic Research Programs: an innovative system for sustainability and growth in a globalized steel market; the structure and implementation of the conceptual model of quantifying national and international passenger mobilization in transport systems, phases I and II; management models to improve operational efficiency in Logistics World Service SA and Comercial Plastider, S.A; and research to develop and implement transport models and propose infrastructure projects for increasing the competitiveness of Colombian products. Dr. Cantillo was also involved as PI for the AMBA and Transmetrosponsored research to design the Barranquilla´s Metropolitan BRT route system. Dr. Cantillo has been involved in numerous projects in the past six years with a combined contract value of 3 million dollars. Professor Cantillo has published more than 25 papers in leading transportation journals and conferences on transport modeling, traffic engineering and logistics.

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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.

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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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