Research Synthesis Reports

1. Synthesis reports about the research initiated by the VREF.

  • 5/28/2019
    Governance of Metropolitan Transport, a synthesis by Måns Lönnroth
    This publication presents a synthesis of five commissioned papers on the governance of metropolitan transport in Western Europe, Australia, Canada and the US, plus the governance of Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) in Latin America, India and Sub-Saharan Africa.
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  • 7/5/2017
    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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  • 8/29/2016
    Why Goods Movement Matters - by the RPA in collaboration with the VREF 
    Produced by the Regional Plan Association and the VREF's Research Centers, this report about the strategies for moving goods in metropolitan areas has for purpose to highlight the importance of the good movement system. It has also for aim to provide an overview of the research the VREF Initiative on Urban Freight centers have completed for policy makers, developers and other key decision makers.
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2. Synthesis reports about the research supported but not produced by the VREF.

  • 6/24/2019
    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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  • 6/18/2019
    Transforming Cities with Bus Rapid Transit - How to integrate BRT? a report produced by UITP, BRT+ and supported by VREF
    "Transforming Cities with Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Systems – How to integrate BRT?" was launched in June 2019 at the UITP Global Public Transport Summit in Stockholm, Sweden and is a co-production between UITP, the International Association of Public Transport, the BRT+ Centre of Excellence, and VREF.
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  • 9/3/2018
    Transforming Urban Transport: Political Strategies and Tactics by Diane Davis and Lily Song
    This 30-page report by Diane Davis and Lily Song, synthesizes research findings from the TUT-POL project hosted at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) and sponsored by the VREF.
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 STUDY VISIT GRANT 2019

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.

NOW CLOSED - A new call is expected to open early 2020

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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.

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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