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Change processes: Governance, Leadership and Financing

While there is a lot of knowledge and research about why and what needs to be changed to achieve more sustainable and inclusive urban transportation, questions about how the transformation and implementation can be governed, by whom and with what means need more attention.

VREF has launched the two major research initiatives described as “Transforming Urban Transport – The Role of Political Leadership”, and “Financing Urban Access” with the aim of advancing understanding of change processes, and how innovative transport solutions can be facilitated, implemented and financed. Actors, processes, leadership, governance and support mechanisms are in focus in these research initiatives.

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  • Strategies for constructive change


    2015-07-06 | It is one thing to know of technologies and policies that advance sustainable transport goals, and quite another to understand the political negotiations and governance strategies required to implement them. This research brief discusses lessons from case studies in Mexico City, Seoul and Stockholm.

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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.

How Global Policy Does (and does not) Account for Walking and Cycling

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.

The VREF invites PhD students and early stage researchers to apply for a Study Visit Grant to be supported with up to SEK 30 000.

The invitation is now closed.

Each year the Håkan Frisinger Foundation for Transportation Research awards a scholarship to a prominent researcher.

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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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