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Dr. Hugo Tsugunobu Yoshida Yoshizaki is an associate professor of the Department of Industrial Engineering at Polytechnic School, University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil. He is also
the head of the Master Program in Logistic Systems Engineering at USP, director of the Center for Innovation in Logistic Systems at USP. He received his B.S. in Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture, M.S. in Transportation Engineering, and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the Polytechnic School, USP. He has been holding positions as part time lecturer
or assistant professor at USP since 1988. Dr. Yoshizaki´s research interests are in freight transportation modeling, logistic network design, megacity logistics, low carbon logistics, and humanitarian operations management. One project aims to develop models for the inference of greenhouse gas (GHG) emission parameters from actual, primary operational data for the Brazilian cargo transportation fleet. He has research grants from São Paulo State Research Foundation, from the Brazilian Federal Scientific Research Council of the Ministry of Science and Technology, and from the Brazilian Federal Agency for Graduate Education Improvement of the Ministry of Education.
Dr. Yoshizaki has been also previously engaged in several consulting projects related to logistics and supply chain management to government and leading Brazilian and multinational
companies. He has more than 25 years experience in actual supply chain operations in Brazilian retail, manufacturing (hygiene, processed food), commodities (coffee, soybeans, fertilizers, sugar, iron ore), food and beverages, energy (oil, bioethanol), press (newspapers and magazines), chemicals/plastics, and other industries. Dr. Yoshizaki is a member of leading, international professional organizations including POMS, CSCMP, MORS, and INFORMS.
He is a member of the Board of the Brazilian Logistics Association — ABRALOG, and vice president of Vanzolini Foundation (a non-profit organization) in São Paulo, Brazil. He has
published more than 76 papers on leading industrial engineering journals, books and conferences, vehicle routing, and other logistic and supply chain management problems.

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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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