My house, my rules: Co-designing indoor air pollution research (1)
A research team at Imperial College London’s School of Public Health are inviting residents of the White City area (W12) to take part in this innovative project to co-design research exploring air pollution and health.
Many people have health problems associated with air pollution. Every year tens of thousands of lives are cut short due to exposure to air pollution and it is considered to be the largest environmental risk to public health in the UK. We usually think of air pollution as being outdoors, but that pollution enters buildings and combines with additional pollution from indoor sources. As we spend a substantial proportion of our time indoors at home, work or school, it is important that we improve our understanding of indoor air pollution. This will allow us to identify the correct remedial measures to help reduce the risk of health effects arising from exposure in our homes.
However, measuring indoor air pollution can be difficult, especially because it involves the gathering of data from within people's homes - researchers are therefore dependent on residents' willingness to allow measurements to be taken within their homes, which can be inconvenient and potentially intrusive.
That’s why this study is taking a Citizen Science approach and inviting members of the White City community to collaboratively decide what they want and need to know about air pollution in their own homes, as well as what they think is the best way for gathering the necessary measurements.
To take part in this opportunity, you need to be a resident in London’s White City area (postcode W12).
We’re particularly keen to involve people who want to:
- Know more about air pollution causes and effects, and what they can do to reduce their exposure to harmful pollutants
- Help us design a feasible indoor air pollution monitoring project within the local community
What will I be asked to do?
This study involves:
- Carrying an air pollution monitor while you go about your normal activities for three consecutive days (the monitor can be collected and dropped off at a convenient time for you from the Invention Rooms at White City)
- Attending an online workshop to explore the results of your air pollution monitoring data and help us design a future indoor air pollution projectProposed dates for the online workshops are below – you only need to attend one:
- Tuesday 15 December, 5:00pm–7:00pm BST
- Thursday 17 December, 10:00am–2:00pm BST
Will I get anything for taking part?
By taking part in this study, you will have the opportunity to measure the levels of pollution that you are likely to be exposed as you go about your normal day.
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