Research under this theme explores how to prevent disease and enhance urban health as well as ageing well, while at the same time seeking to understand what it means to live well in the city.


HEICCAM: The Health and Equity Impacts of Climate Change Mitigation Measures on Indoor and Outdoor Air Pollution Exposure

This network brings together experienced and early career researchers from nine universities from disciplines as diverse as air quality measurement and modelling, building physics, behavioural science, health and health inequalities, education and policy. It will build evidence on the consequences for exposure to air pollution of actions aimed at tackling climate change and poor air quality, with particular focus on the home environment. Its aim is to provide underpinning research that can inform and influence policy and practice to safeguard human health.

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Air Pollution in Emerging African Mega-Cities

This project aims to bring together talented Early Career Researchers (ECRs) from UK, Kenya and South Africa to explore the current status of air pollution research in sub-Saharan Africa and to develop a roadmap for advancement. Stakeholders from academia, industry, policy advisory groups and NGOs will be involved in a one week workshop session, enabling ECRs to form important relationships with practitioners ensuring future research is targeted and transformative.

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The Last 100 Metres: Safeguarding Potable Water Provision to Urban Informal Settlements

This project aims to demonstrate how much faecal contamination happens in the ‘last 100 metres’, a critical zone around the point of use, where water is taken from the standpipe to the home, and how much of that can be reduced through interventions.

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Liveable Cities: Transforming the Engineering of Cities for Global and Societal Wellbeing

Liveable Cities is an ambitious, five-year programme of research to develop a method of designing and engineering low-carbon, resource-secure, wellbeing enhanced UK cities. It will establish future visions of low-carbon, resource-secure, liveable UK cities from which the team will backcast to determine what needs to be done now to achieve these visions.

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Megacity Delhi Atmospheric Emission Quantification (DelhiFlux)

Mitigation of air pollution in Delhi and assessment of human exposure are both heavily dependent on a reliable, quantitative assessment of emission sources in the urban area and surrounding regions. By generating and evaluating an improved emissions database for the region, DelhiFlux will provide a firm foundation for local government decisions that will benefit public health and well-being and inform studies addressing air quality and its mitigation.

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Dust Bunny: Exploring hygiene practices in different home environments in Ghana to understand the home as a source of infection of AMR bacteria carried by dust

The Dust Bunny project applies design research methods coupled with microbiological analyses to address issues of home-based infections in Ghana, particularly those carrying antimicrobial resistance, resulting in a reduction of infection and in positive increase of health outcomes.

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