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Report on the Inaugural Workshop on African Urban Mobility: Past, Present and Future given at the University of Witwaterstrand, South Africa, 4-6 Nov. 2020

November 4 to 6 2020, the History Workshop virtually hosted the inaugural workshop of the African Urban Mobility: Past, Present and Future Network (AUM) network. The purpose of the AUM network is to generate academically rigorous, policy relevant knowledge for sustainable urban mobilities in urban Africa from a spatio-temporal perspective.

The rationale for the network stems from identified gaps in current scholarship in transport studies on urban mobility in the African continent. Some of these include paucity of research on historical mobility practices, spare research on the relationship between the past and present in contemporary urban mobility dynamics, and equally limited intercontinental research dialogue about the past, present and future of urban mobility.

In this workshop novel research was presented, participants had the opportunity to co-develop the future direction of the network and generate short pieces for non-academic audiences.

The AUM was convened by:

  • Dr Njogu Morgan: History Workshop, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
  • Dr Lisa Kane: Associate, Open Streets Cape Town, South Africa.
  • Dr Yusuf Madugu: History Department, Bayero University, Nigeria.
  • Prof Ruth Oldenziel: Technology, Innovation & Society, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands.

Participants also spent some time working on short pieces for wider public consumption . Read for example Dr. Njogu Morgan's article published in New Frame on Nov. 25: Could Covid -19 change how cities view their streets?

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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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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.

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