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Claircity project: Citizen-led scenarios to improve air quality in European cities

Hayes, Enda; King, Andrew; Callum, Alastair; Williams, Ben; Vanherle, Kris; Boushel, Corra; Barnes, Jo; Chatterton, Tim; Bolscher, Hans; Csobod, Eva; Fogg-Rogers, Laura; Slingerland, Stephan; Longhurst, James


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Enda Hayes
Professor in Air Quality and Carbon Management

Andrew King

Alastair Callum

Ben Williams
Senior Research Fellow in Air Quality Management

Kris Vanherle

Corra Boushel

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Dr Jo Barnes
Associate Professor of Clean Air

Tim Chatterton

Hans Bolscher

Eva Csobod

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Dr Laura Fogg Rogers
Associate Professor of Knowledge Exchange in Engineering

Stephan Slingerland


© 2018 WIT Press. Air pollution has as significant impact on the health of European citizens, particularly in urban areas, and was responsible for more than 400,000 premature deaths in Europe in 2014. It is within our cities where this public health impact is most acute as high population densities and high ambient concentrations result in an increased risk of exposure. This health impact is further exacerbated as air pollution interacts with other social determinants of health creating a disproportionate risk and burden. Traditional top-down government policy development and consultation, married with a very techno-centric view of air pollution sources and solutions, has resulted in a general apathy among citizens towards the problem of air pollution and subsequently a lack of ownership of the solutions. The ClairCity Project aims to create a major shift in public understanding towards the causes of poor air quality, inviting citizens to give their opinions on air pollution and carbon reduction policies to shape the cities of the future. By putting citizens' behaviour and activities at the heart of policy making for air quality and carbon management, ClairCity has utilised a suite of innovative toolkits for enhanced quantification and citizen engagement (such as surveys, workshops, online games and apps) to assess the public acceptability of specific policies and also to enable a bottom-up, citizen-led scenario creation process whereby citizens are empowered to visualise clean, low carbon, healthy futures for their city.


Hayes, E., King, A., Callum, A., Williams, B., Vanherle, K., Boushel, C., …Longhurst, J. (2018). Claircity project: Citizen-led scenarios to improve air quality in European cities. WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment, 230, 233-241.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 6, 2018
Publication Date Jan 1, 2018
Deposit Date Oct 25, 2018
Journal WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment
Print ISSN 1746-448X
Electronic ISSN 1743-3541
Publisher WIT Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 230
Pages 233-241
Keywords air pollution, citizens, carbon, public engagement, games, scenarios, cities
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