The Asthma Files will be starting a three year investigation of environmental health governance in six cities: Albany, New York City, Philadelphia, Houston, Beijing, and Bengalura. The project focuses on efforts to understand and address the health effects of long term exposure to transportation-related air pollution:

Image from the Guardian's December 2, 2015 article on global air quality. Data from the World Health Organization.
Image from the Guardian’s December 2, 2015 article on global air quality. Data from the World Health Organization.

In each city studied, project researchers will examine the operation and use of science in four arenas of governance: environment, health, transportation and education. They will explore how these different arenas interrelate, and they will map the sources of scientific evidence used in governance, how these sources are evaluated, and translated into policy and programming. They will also document and analyze the scientific infrastructures that produced the findings used in governance, the diversity of stakeholders involved in interpreting scientific findings, and diverse cultural logics that shape the creation and use of scientific knowledge in different settings. Ethnographic interviews will be the primary means of data collection, supplemented by analyses of scientific publications, policy debates, and media coverage. (Read more at the “Environmental Health Governance” award announcement.)

Funding by the National Science Foundation and led by Co-PIs Kim Fortun and Mike Fortun, the project will help extend the work we’ve been doing with the River Wards project.

As part of the investigation, I will be setting up a field school from Drexel students, which will be held during summer 2016. Details coming in early spring…

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