Call for contribution to the forthcoming Early Career Researchers' online seminar to be held April 8, 2021. The deadline for submission is March 18, 2021.

INTALInC invites PhD students and junior researchers to submit presentations of their projects during an online seminar planned to be held on Thursday 8th April 2021 between 2:00 pm and 4:30 pm (UK time)

The presentations should consist of three slides, be approximately five minutes in length and must relate to one or several of the themes below:

  • Transport mobility and accessibility in Global South cities,
  • Low income communities and informal settlements,
  • Disadvantaged and vulnerable groups,
  • Access to livelihoods, health and wellbeing,
  • Walking, cycling, non-motorized transports (NMT) and paratransit.

If you are interested, please send a 200-word abstract to

The deadline for submission of your abstract is March 18, 2021.



INTALInC was established to build lasting research partnerships promoting urban transport systems that can meet the travel needs of low income, city populations in the Global South.

Its mission is to provide the evidence to ensure that every human being has a basic right to affordable, safe, clean and reliable mobility resources, with a particular focus on meeting the accessibility needs of low income populations and excluded communities.

Its objectives are to:

  • Develop an interdisciplinary, collaborative network for the co-production of knowledge between UK and internationally-based academics, policy makers and NGOs working within a broad constitutency of transport and development related fields, to support the development of more inclusive transport systems within developing cities;
  • Promote active and lasting collaborations between academic, policy and practitioner communities to encourage the uptake of this policy agenda more effectively;
  • Deliver a series of ‘research into practice’ workshops and other events to facilitate exchanges between network members.
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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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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.

About VREF

The Volvo Research and Educational Foundations (VREF) inspires, initiates and supports research and educational activities through the Future Urban Transport Programme - How to deal with the complexity of urban transport (FUT). 

Our Vision: Sustainable transport for equitable access in urban areas


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