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Petter Næss (born 1951) is Dr. Ing., Architect and Professor in Urban Planning at Aalborg University (since 1998), with part‐time position (adjunct Professor) at Oslo University College and hour‐based affiliation as Senior Researcher at Institute of Transport Economics, Oslo. Originally educated as an architect, Næss holds a doctoral degree (Dr. Ing.) in urban and regional planning from Norwegian Institute of Technology. Næss has for many years carried out research into issues related to sustainable urban development and has published a host of international scientific articles on the topic. The prime focus of his research during recent years has been the influence of urban structure on travel behaviour. Other main research topics are planning theory, philosophy of science, and driving forces of urban development. He has for many years carried out research into issues related to sustainable urban development, with a particular focus on the influence of urban structure on travel behaviour. In later years his research has also included need analyses and assessment methods in planning and decision‐making on large‐scale transportation investments. Other main research topics are philosophy of science, planning theory, and driving forces of urban development. He has published widely within these areas. Næss authorship includes the book "Urban Structure Matters: Residential Location, Car Dependence and Travel Behaviour" (Routledge, 2006) and Scandinavian‐language books about the influence of urban form on travel and energy use. He is co‐editor and co‐author of the book "Interdisciplinarity and Climate Change" (Routledge, 2010).

Project titles:

1. The challenge of sustainable mobility in urban planning and urban development: a comparative study (2006)

Host organisation: Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark

Project's outcome: On their road to sustainability , based on SP 2006-33 and published in Town Planning Review, Vol. 82, Bo. 3, 2011, pp. 285-315; Oslo's farewell to urban sprawl.

2. Residential location and travel in a large Chinese city (2004)

Host organisation: Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research, Oslo ,Norway

Project's outcome: Hangzhou residential location and travel; IBE Hangzhou article

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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


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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.

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