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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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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.

Open for nomination until 2021-03-15. Read more...PDF (pdf, 233.7 kB)


The VREF invites Sub-Saharan based researchers with expertise on sustainable and equitable
mobility and access or related areas, and strong interest in carrying out interdisciplinary research. Open for application until 2020-09-29


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.

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


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 extended to April 30, 2020 due to COVID19.


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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.


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