MAC Research Forum

Welcome to join us for next MAC Research Forum, on ”Improving access and mobility among marginalized communities and users in Sub-Saharan African (SSA) cities: concepts, forms of accessibility, and needs of specific groups”.

DATE: Wednesday 5 October 2022 
TIME: 11:00 – 13:00 GMT 
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Many communities and groups of users in SSA cities experience limitations, barriers and unfavorable or unsafe conditions when seeking access to socioeconomic and cultural opportunities in their everyday lives. Addressing issues of transport inequalities and exclusions is increasingly viewed as an important priority for policy makers and others when designing and developing new transport and mobility plans/projects.

This Research Forum will focus on innovative research that addresses the mobility needs, travel patterns, and perceived and objective accessibility of specific user groups, while also exploring concepts that can be used to measure and assess the actual accessibility of urban mobility plans and projects.


  • How can the concept of Social Justice Public Transport Principles (SJPTP) be used to assess the inclusivity of current and proposed urban mobility plans and projects in SSA cities?
  • How do residents in informal urban settlements undertake and experience mobility and access, and how can the dimensions of such accessibility be measured?
  • How can we understand the mobility needs, safety, and travel patterns of elderly people as an underrepresented user group, and how can these concerns be addressed? 


Welcome and introduction: Henrik Nolmark, VREF Director
Moderator: Winnie Mitullah, University of Nairobi, Kenya


“Whose City is it Anyway? Interrogation of socially just public transport principle in urban mobility plans/projects in secondary cities in Kenya and Zambia” 
Presenter: Catherine Waithera Gateri, Kenyatta University, Kenya
Discussant: Hannibal Bwire, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
”Mapping unequal accessibility to socioeconomic and cultural opportunities in informal urban settlements across two Sub-Saharan African Cities”
Presenter: Gift Dumedah, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology (KNUST), Ghana
Discussant: Paul Mukwaya, Makerere University, Uganda
“Meeting the mobility needs of the Elderly in Selected Cities in Nigeria and Uganda”
Presenter: Chinebuli Uzondo, Federal University of Technology Owerri, Nigeria
Discussant: Mercy Fandamu, Copperbelt University, Zambia


In 2021, the “Mobility and Access in African Cities” (MAC) program launched a series of virtual seminars or “webinars” (which are called Research Forum) on issues related to sustainable urban mobility and equitable access in Sub-Saharan African (SSA) cities. This series is being continued in 2022. 

The purpose of the Research Forum is: 

  • to stimulate scientific discussion of specific issues/themes related to sustainable urban mobility and equitable access in SSA;
  • to provide an opportunity for scholars to present and discuss their on-going work with research colleagues within the MAC community; 
  •  to provide a meeting place for dialogue and exchange among researchers and other stakeholders within the MAC community. 

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