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Mr. Isa is a professor for the School of Civil Engineering at the Iberoamerican University (UNIBE) and coordinates the Research Center for Sustainable Transportation and Infrastructure (CITIeS) there. He received his B.S. in Civil Engineering in the Technological Institute of Santo Domingo (INTEC), and his Transportation Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. Currently he is an advisor for the Office of the Mayor of Santo Domingo, and coordinates the Mobility Plan for Santo Domingo 2012-2016. Isa´s research interests are in transportation demand modeling, traffic operations and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). He has developed several technological projects using GPS based technology for freight optimization and public transit planning. He is involved as a consultant for several companies in the Dominican Republic and Spain in their R&D departments, implementing new and cost-effective ITS technologies for developing countries. He has also collaborated for the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) and the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) as a research assistant for the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Mr. Isa has experience in the development of demand models for analysis of transportation policies and infrastructure projects in the urban and rural environments; his previous experience includes two international highway demand studies and fourteen regional transportation planning studies. He has also worked in urban plans for the control and regulation of freight and commercial vehicles; previous projects include national transportation freight development programs and city logistics in important urban areas. Mr. Isa has managerial experience coordinating the R&D departments in several companies, including the assessment of Intelligent Transportation Systems implementation projects, concentration in ITS for public transit and freight management, Advanced Traveler Information Systems and GPS Data Collection.

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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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