Lead: Professor Zongbo Shi (University of Birmingham)
The Cross-WP Scoping Group (SG) is working with other WP leads to identify the cross-disciplinary research gaps and develop solutions and proposal ideas based on the network’s findings.
This SG is working with all participants to conclude on key challenges and develop proposal ideas based on network findings; it synthesises the research needs and practical solutions established in WPs 1–6. We are (i) systematically evaluating challenges in improving air quality (AQ) for vulnerable groups (VGs), integrating knowledge gaps identified within the WPs; the group will work closely during a writing retreat to review identified gaps and bring them together to form a coherent view on the most urgent research needs and solution options; (ii) identify and respond dynamically to funding opportunities (incl. Clean Air SPF Wave 2, Welcome, UKPRP & NIHR); future funding opportunities in clean air & health are anticipated and the network is prepared to respond to those proactively; (iii) prepare cross disciplinary proposals to standard grant schemes by identifying novel research areas that can fit into grant schemes of NERC/EPSRC/MRC; we are creating opportunities for networking activities that identify areas of interest; and (iv) suggest to UKRI funders and Clean Air Champions on potential calls to deliver the science for welfare and health improvement with economic benefit; we are working with NERC to propose potential funding bids for the collective fund &and once an area of urgent need is identified we will work closely with other networks via the Cross-Network SG to enable wider debate and participation.
As part of this SG, we will also be carrying out a pilot study informed by insight gained in WPs 1–6 deploying existing instruments at key Indoor/Outdoor Interfaces (IOIs) with and without the interventions (e.g. innovative ventilation approaches or active indoor green walls) implemented.
Pilot study: a 3-month pilot study will target VGs and will be directly building on findings from WPs 1–6: Phase I will involve VGI & VGII who will be surveyed by questionnaires and an indication of air pollution exposure will be established using wearable sensors. Phase II: will focus on 3 key Indoor/Outdoor Interface (IOI) pollution hot spots which will be identified for each individual based on Phase I. Measurements of PM1, ultrafine PM and VOCs will be made with/without identified interventions implemented. This pilot study will involve public engagement via live tweets & PR channels available within the established network (supported by stakeholder channels). The final element of the pilot study will give sensors to public for follow-on citizen science.
More information about the pilot study can be found on the ISRCTN Registry.