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Publications

VREF publications under the MAC program include commissioned position papers on the themes of the programme, as well as scientific papers, research briefs and books.


Position papers

Commissioned by VREF in 2019, five position papers on “state-of-the-art” knowledge within the following themes of the MAC program will be published in 2020:

  • User Needs and Practices in African Cities
  • Governing Mobility in African Cities
  • Emerging Business Models and Service Options in the Shared Transport Sector in African Cities
  • Safety, Health and the Urban Environment in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Title: Road traffic injury and transport-related air quality in Sub-Saharan Africa
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  • 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

  • Public Transport System Design and Modal Integration in African Cities


Research Briefs

  • 1/24/2017

    Linking Higher Education and Practical Knowledge
    Written by Herrie Schalekamp and Gail Jennings, and based on work by the VREF African Center of Excellence for Studies in Public and Non-Motorised Transport (ACET), University of Cape Town, this research brief discusses the University of Cape Town’s work amongst adult learners who have extensive experience of public transport operations but little exposure to higher education.
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Research Synthesis Reports

  • 10/26/2020

    Achieving Equitable Sustainable Mobility and Access in Sub-Saharan Africa: an overview of the state of knowledge, Summary
    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.
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  • 6/1/2020

    The case for investing in paratransit by Gail Jennings and Roger Behrens
    This research synthesis summarizes, updates and presents the main messages in the book publication Paratransit in African Cities: Operations, Regulation and Reform, edited by Roger Behrens, Dorothy McCormick and David Mfinanga (Routledge, 2016).
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  • 6/1/2020

    Transport and Social Exclusion in five African Cities - a report produced by INTALInC and supported by VREF
    This report is a scoping study of the transport conditions and experiences of people and communities living at the margins of Africa’s burgeoning cities, and is established with the participation of African partner organisations and local communities. Across five case studies, the authors have focused on the needs of the majority people who are living on or below the poverty threshold for their country.
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Books

  • 6/1/2020

    Paratransit in African Cities: Operations, Regulation and Reform
    Authors: Behrens, Roger; McCormick, Dorothy; Mfinanga, David A.
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  • 6/1/2020

    Non-Motorized Transport Integration into Urban Transport Planning in Africa
     Edited by Winnie V. Mitullah, Marianne Vanderschuren, Meleckidzedeck Khayesi
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  • 6/1/2020

    In Search of a Framework for Institutional Coordination in the Planning for Public Transportation in Sub-Saharan African Cities
    Authors: Ahmad A. Kanyama, Göran Cars
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2nd CALL FOR PROJECTS WITHIN THE MAC-PROGRAM

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

MOBILITY GRANT 2020 - MAC-MG 2020

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.

 STUDY VISIT GRANT 2020

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.

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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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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.

TheCityFix

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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