ISM Research Forum

Welcome to join us for a Research Forum within the VREF Informal and Shared Mobility Program (ISM), where we will focus on:

Who counts what? What counts where? A global scan of data collection efforts for informal and shared mobility

TIME: 01.00 – 02.00 PM GMT


The second ISM Research Forum will focus on the challenges and opportunities for improving data on informal and shared mobility. 

Shared mobility and informal transportation address mobility and employment needs of people around the world. Data has a critical role to play in bringing visibility to this important sector and can help improve access, environmental sustainability, economic development, and better governance. A review by Agile City Partners took stock of efforts on collecting data on shared mobility and informal transportation. 

The purpose of this Research Forum is to share the main findings of the study and to discuss how the transport community can contribute to closing some gaps in the future.

During this research forum key findings from the Agile City report will be shared and discussed with key global experts in transport and data including the pathways to enhancing action closing the data gaps related to the informal transport sector. 


Welcome and introduction: Jane Summerton, VREF Scientific Advisor
Moderator:  Benji de la Pena, Agile Cities


”Who counts what? What counts where? A global scan of data collection efforts for informal and shared mobility”

PRESENTER: Andrea San Gil, Agile Cities



Alok Jain, CEO and Managing Director Trans-Consult Ltd
Justin Coetzee, CEO and Founder of Go Metro
Sonia Yeh, Professor in Energy and Transport Systems, Chalmers University

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VREF has since 2021 organized a series of research-based webinars (called Research Forum) to enable scholars to present their work to colleagues from various parts of the VREF community. We are pleased that the series has been well-received as an opportunity for scholars in transport and mobility studies to share their work, get to know each other, and build networks.The purpose of the Research Forums within the ISM program  is:to stimulate scientific discussion of specific issues/themes related to sustainable urban mobility and equitable access, with a focus on Informal and Shared Mobility in Low and Middle Income Countriesto provide an opportunity for scholars to present and discuss their on-going work with research colleagues, and promote a growing ISM community to provide a meeting place for dialogue and exchange among researchers and other stakeholders within the ISM community Each Research Forum will consist of presentations , followed by short questions, inputs and clarifications about the project (discussant/panelists) and a general discussion that includes all participants.