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Willem Salet has been Professor of Urban and Regional planning at Department of Geography and Planning, Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences at the University of Amsterdam since 1995. He received his Masters in Urban and Regional Planning in 1976, and in Sociology in 1977, and gained his doctorate in planning and social sciences (On Law and State) in 1994, all from University Utrecht. He spent fifteen years as a senior researcher in the Netherlands Scientific Council for Government Policy up to 1995. As both a sociologist and urban and regional planner he has specialized in studying the role of planning and governance in society and focuses on the coordination of public and private actions in urban and regional development in Europe. His main areas of research include strategic spatial planning, the use of institutions in planning, planning and law, planning and infrastructure, metropolitan governance and spatial and institutional development in European regions.
He has published extensively and co-edited/co-authored numerous books. These include Metropolitan Governance and Spatial Planning; Comparative Case Studies of European City-regions with Andy Thornley and Anton Kreukels Routledge and Spon, London (2003) and Framing Strategic Urban Projects, Experiences in Europe with Enrico Gualini, Spon, London (forthc. 2005). For further CV details see Appendix 2. Professor Salet will be assisted by Dr. Luca Bertolini, also from the same institute, who has similarly researched and published extensively in infrastructure planning and urban and regional development. Among his most publications include: ‘The Sustainable City: Transport and Spatial Development, Built Environment, Vol.29, Issue 1, March 2003 and ‘Sustainable Urban Mobility, An Evolutionary Approach´, Journal of European Spatial Research and Policy, (in print) 2005.
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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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