Authors: Heather Allen

This report reviews the current state of international research and knowledge on active transport and was undertaken to identify gaps in this area of research and support the preparation of the Volvo Research and Education Foundations (VREF) Future Urban Transport research programme (FUT 3.0). The study was performed at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic[1] and this should be taken into consideration when reading the recommendations and conclusions.

VREF research is intended to inform and contribute to the global research agenda on sustainable transport. Its programmes are aligned with international policy agendas, including the Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. The VREF programme provides support for both research and education. This study looked at urban and peri-urban areas and, as the title implies, it explored potential “future looking” research areas in high-, middle- and low-income countries.



  • Publication date     2021
  • Production              VREF
  • Language               English

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