Particulate Pollution Justice in Low Resourced Informal Settlements in Nairobi

Ongoing
International

Abstract

Air pollution from Particulate Matter of diameter below 2.5 micrometers (PM2.5) poses greater risk to health than any other air pollutant. The ways in which exposure to PM2.5 in Nairobi’s informal dwellings might constitute injustice is not well understood. The research team hypothesises that PM2.5 justice in low resourced settlements can be shaped by recognition of the PM2.5 impacts of policies; distributive justice; and occupant participation. The team aims to investigate PM2.5 (in)justice in a representative settlement; and move the evidence into policy actions and occupant participation towards better air quality. The objectives are to: (i) analyse Kenya’s energy, spatial and air quality policies for potential PM2.5 injustices; (ii) design and evaluate the impacts of architectural retrofits and occupant participation to indoor PM2.5 in dwellings; (iii) engage policy makers and enforcers; (iv) train and disseminate findings. The overall goal is to reduce particulate exposure and protect respiratory health.

Research team

Dr Filbert Musau, Glasgow School of Art; Dr Mukeku Joseph, University of Nairobi; Professor Albert Mumma, University of Nairobi; Dr Kanyiva Muindi, African Population & Health Research Center, Kenya

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