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Achieving Equitable Sustainable Mobility and Access in Sub-Saharan Africa: an overview of the state of knowledge

VREF has commissioned position papers within 5 of the 6 core themes. The purpose of these papers is to provide an overview of current knowledge on issues related to mobility and access in Sub-Saharan African (SSA) cities, as well as to inform VREF and researchers in Sub-Saharan Africa in developing a research agenda in this area.

Each position paper has been written by a team of leading experts with SSA university-based research experience in the respective areas.
The key findings and messages of each position paper are summarised in this booklet.

The five papers are:

  • Title: User diversity and mobility practices in Sub-Saharan African cities: understanding the needs of vulnerable populations
  • Authors: Gina Porter, Durham University with Albert Abane, University of Cape Coast and Karen Lucas, University of Leeds

  • Title: Governing mobility in Sub-Saharan African cities
  • Authors: Liza Cirolia, University of Cape Town with Jesse Harber, Gauteng City-Region Observatory and Sylvia Croese, University of Cape Town

  • Title: Emerging business models and service options in the shared transport sector in African cities
  • Authors: Herrie Schalekamp, University of Cape Town with Simon Saddier, Transitec Consulting Engineers

  • Title: Road traffic injury and transport-related air quality in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Authors: Geetam Tiwari, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi with Olive Kobusingye, Makerere University, Mark Zuidgeest, University of Cape Town, Meleckidzedeck Khayesi, WHO, Winnie Mitullah, University of Nairobi, and Dinesh Mohan, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi

  • Title: Public transport system design and modal integration in Sub-Saharan African cities
  • Authors: Christo Venter, University of Pretoria, with Mark Zuidgeest, University of Cape Town, Namatirai Cheure, University of Pretoria, and Ian Barrett, Independent Consultant)

The papers can be loaded following the link below or from the listed documents from the right column (Summary and Positions papers)

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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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