Photo: J. Blewett, 2021

Framing mobilities in low income communities: A digital photography competition curated by INTALInC, with deadline July 30, 2021.

INTALInC in collaboration with the VREF and Lagos State University, invites photographic and 20 word caption entries from early- and mid-career network members.

To use the medium of photography is a good way to bring visual representations of researchers' work to a wider audience. Images and captions shall correspond to the title of this competition and represent people ‘doing’ transport, accessibility or mobility, or the connections, flows and perspectives linking people to landscapes in global south cities
and their urban peripheries.

Entries must link to one or more of the following themes:

  1. Low income communities or informal settlements;
  2. Disadvantaged and vulnerable groups;
  3. Access to livelihoods, health and wellbeing;
  4. Walking, cycling, NMT or paratransit or travel safety issues in relation to 1-3 above.

Selected entries will appear on INTALInC social media and form part of an online event and exhibition later this year. Prize will be awarded to the three best laureates.

Submission of photographs and captions (no more than 20 words) as well as possible questions shall be addressed here by Friday 30th July 2021.

Prior to submitting your entry, please read the terms and conditions here.PDF (pdf, 430.2 kB)

Read more about this competition on INTALINC's site or download a flyer:


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VREF invites applications for research grants to support
projects to be implemented 2022 under the programme for “Mobility & Access in African Cities”.

Deadline: 15 September 2021

MOBILITY GRANT 2021- MAC-MG 2021PDF (pdf, 443.4 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.


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.

CALL FOR NOMINATION FOR the Håkan Frisinger Award for Excellence in Transportation Research

The VREF invites universities located in Sweden to nominate candidates for The Håkan Frisinger Award (Håkan Frisingers pris till framstående transportforskare) and apply for a VREF Visiting Researcher Grant for the nominated candidate.

Closed on 2021-03-15.

Read more...PDF (pdf, 233.8 kB)

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: March 1, 2021 .


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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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