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Reg Harman has worked professionally in transport policy and practice since 1966, occupying positions over 30 years in British Rail, consultancy, university research and local government. From 1995 to 2000 he served as Director, Transport Policies of the Chartered Institute of Transport (now CILT). He has worked as a freelance consultant since 2000. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport (FCILT), the Institution of Highways & Transportation (FIHT) and the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), and a Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (MRTPI).

Reg has wide ranging professional interests and experience. Fields in which he has worked include:

  • Development and appraisal of strategies for railways, especially related to urban and regional development.
  • Planning and implementing public transport strategies at sub-region and local level.
  • Local transport planning, especially focused on social factors and sustainability.
  • Regional and sub-regional spatial planning.
  • Comparative studies of European transport policy and practice, especially as an input to developing UK policies and practice.

He was a member of the expert panel advising the Hungarian government on national transport policy in 1996 and has served on the experts group for two European Union research projects, LIBERTIN in 2003-2004 and TRANSFORUM in 2005-2006.

He has acted as expert witness at major inquiries, written many papers and articles on transport topics, and given lectures and seminars. In recent years he has developed a few Internet based distance learning modules.

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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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Global Mobility Research

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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