Skip to main content

Research Repository

Advanced Search

The legacy of COVID-19: Lessons and challenges for city-scale air quality management in the UK

De Vito, Laura; Barnes, Jo; Longhurst, James; Williams, Ben; Hayes, Enda

Authors

Profile Image

Dr Laura De Vito Laura.Devito@uwe.ac.uk
Research Fellow in Air Quality Management Resource Centre

Ben Williams Ben3.Williams@uwe.ac.uk
Research Fellow in Air Quality Management Resource Centre

Profile Image

Enda Hayes Enda.Hayes@uwe.ac.uk
Professor in Air Quality and Carbon Management



Abstract

The lockdown enforced by the UK Government to prevent the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus has led to an unparalleled reduction in traffic volumes and significant drop in nitrogen dioxide concentrations in most cities, although the picture emerging from residential emissions of particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5) is more complex. The scale and degree of the intervention have exposed the level of change required to reduce pollution. Learning from the COVID-19 crisis, we identify three challenges that must be overcome to improve air quality in cities. First, what measures would be effective that balance civil liberties with enforcement action on air pollution? Second, how do we consolidate the cultural change needed to retain and normalise the social practices driving the observed pollution reduction? Third, how do we tackle these challenges in a way that breaks current patterns of socio-economic, health and environmental inequality?

Citation

De Vito, L., Barnes, J., Longhurst, J., Williams, B., & Hayes, E. (in press). The legacy of COVID-19: Lessons and challenges for city-scale air quality management in the UK. Cities and Health, https://doi.org/10.1080/23748834.2020.1796422

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 13, 2020
Online Publication Date Jul 30, 2020
Deposit Date Jul 31, 2020
Publicly Available Date Jan 31, 2022
Journal Cities & Health
Print ISSN 2374-8834
Electronic ISSN 2374-8842
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/23748834.2020.1796422
Keywords COVID-19, air quality management, policy learning, citizen engagement, environmental justice
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/6442444
Publisher URL https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/23748834.2020.1796422