We focus on four complex health issues more prevalent in urban areas
With the Social Progress Imperative, we've developed the first neighbourhood level, health-focused social progress index of its kind.
With Wellcome Trust
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Health effects of air pollution
With Global Action Plan, University of Surrey and Arup
Partner: Global Action Plan, University of Surrey and Arup
Funding amount: £315,000
Duration: November 2020 – November 2021
Programme: health effects of air pollution
We want to protect children from the effects of air pollution in the environments where they spend their time, particularly schools.
To do this, we are working with a multi-disciplinary team of experts to engage and support five schools in Lambeth to take identify and implement effective interventions to address air pollution.
We are working in partnership with five schools in Lambeth to help protect their students and staff from the health effects of air pollution.
We have established a multi-disciplinary team of experts from Global Action Plan (GAP), University of Surrey’s Global Centre for Clean Air Research (GCARE) and engineering firm Arup to deliver this project. This team will help us build understanding of the unique factors affecting the air pollution in and around these schools. GAP’s Clean Air for Schools Framework will then help identify tailored solutions to meet those challenges, which we will support the schools to implement.
Through this project we want to:
This pilot project focuses on building deep understanding which will inform how we work with schools across Lambeth and Southwark over the 10-year life of the programme.
We want to share the learnings from the project with other schools and so, we have co-funded the establishment of the London School Pollution Helpdesk with Mayor of London and the Greater London Authority.
Children are some of the most vulnerable to the health effects of air pollution. Children are more likely to be affected due to relatively higher breathing and metabolic rates as well as the immaturity of their lung and immune system.
We therefore want to understand how and when children are most exposed to air pollution to inform where and how we can best intervene to reduce this exposure. For most children, school is the environment where they spend most of their time when not at home. This makes schools a key environment where children are potentially exposed to harmful air pollution.
There is a growing breadth of research and work into air pollution in and around school environments, including, the Mayor of London’s School Air Quality Audit Programme. However, there are still significant challenges faced by schools in identifying and implementing the most effective interventions.
Nikita Sinclair leads on our work to find solutions to air pollution
With the Mayor of London, Greater London Authority and Global Action Plan
With Mums for Lungs
With Clean Air Fund