Air Quality and Health Strategy Project

Poor air quality can significantly impact upon health particularly in those most vulnerable; young children, older people and individuals with existing heart and lung problems. Additionally poor air quality has been linked to the development of cardio-vascular illnesses and cancers and is thought to have contributed to up to 3.7 million premature deaths worldwide in 2012 alone. Air pollution from transport, one of the biggest contributing factors to air quality, has been found to have the greatest impact in areas with high levels of deprivation and in England those living in the most deprived areas also experience the worst air quality.

Reducing exposure to air pollutants by reducing vehicle emissions will undoubtedly have substantial health benefits. Promoting the uptake of active travel and the use of cleaner vehicles have become priorities for local authorities who are looking to develop effective and sustainable strategies.

Aims of the project:

The project aims to influence behaviour change at an individual level and policy making at a regional level by raising awareness around air quality and health.

The project will:

  •           use qualitative methods to explore behavioural determinants of active travel amongst parents of inner-city school children
  •           develop an intervention which promotes use of active transport for school journeys
  •           use qualitative methods to investigate key barriers and facilitators for policy and decision makers to implementing policies to improve air quality
  •           develop a tool-kit aimed at schools, parents and children to promote active travel
  •           develop a communication tool aimed at policy and decision makers