West Midlands Air Quality Improvement Programme

Lead Research Organisation: University of Birmingham
Department Name: Sch of Geography, Earth & Env Sciences

Abstract

"Poor air quality is the largest environmental risk to Public Health in the UK" [DEFRA, 2017]. Air pollution in the West Midlands affects some 2.8 million people, reducing average life expectancy by up to 6 months, and is responsible for economic costs estimated at £860m per year. Air quality is therefore a key priority for local and regional government, and increasingly the general public, with further emphasis arising from the "Diesel-gate" emissions scandal, and ongoing High Court challenges to the Government's Air Quality strategy.

Historically, local air quality policy has been the responsibility of the individual Local Authorities. However, air pollution does not respect political boundaries, and the 2016 formation of the West Midlands Combined Authority will lead to an integrated approach to air pollution, under the Second Devolution Deal for the West Midlands (2017). In parallel, the NHS Sustainability Transformation Trust is bringing an integrated approach to health and social care provision - with air quality a core priority. This gives rise to a unique and timely opportunity to translate environmental science research expertise into regional policy and interventions to reduce air pollution.

The University of Birmingham group has critical mass, international research expertise and NERC track record in air pollution, and its health and economic impacts. We have a history of links with regional partners, ranging from commissioned work and joint research projects to informal collaborations. Accordingly, we have developed the West Midlands Air Quality Improvement Programme (WMAQIP), through a co-design process alongside regional stakeholders including the WMCA / Mayor of the West Midlands, Local Authorities, private companies, industry sector bodies and third sector organisations, to deliver:

-Situational awareness (understanding of air pollution levels and sources), e.g. applied to refinement of the Birmingham Clean Air Zone and design of future interventions in Coventry, avoiding over £5m annual costs plus benefits to visitors / commuters working in the cities.

-Predictive Capability to evaluate AQ policy options, in comparison with business as usual predictions, for pollution levels, health and economic impacts - identifying interventions to achieve Birmingham City Council's goal of halving AQ-related mortality by 2030 (750 deaths/yr and £170m annual costs avoided); avoiding additional healthcare costs of £600m required under business-as-usual scenarios, and informing allocation of recurrent and one-off intra-city transport investment of £250m.

-Application of the resulting capability to specific policy scenarios - including infrastructure design around the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games to deliver improved air quality, understanding the air quality consequences of future vehicle fleet evolution to electric vehicles, and optimising air quality co-benefits from green infrastructure for HS2 development.

WMAQIP directly addresses the UK Industrial Strategy grand challenge of Clean Growth, which commits the Government to "create a future where our cities benefit from cleaner air", and the Infrastructure foundation of productivity, which identifies a determination to "tackle air pollution and support affected areas, given the significant negative impact it has on public health, the economy and the environment."

WMAQIP combines NERC research expertise with direct inputs from a range of partner organisations. The programme will deliver policy impact from application of environmental science applied to specific policy priorities through a cohort of Impact Fellows, physically embedded within stakeholder organisations to provide knowledge transfer and training, and hence lasting impact. Programme legacy will be maximised by formalising capabilities as tools which may be applied elsewhere, and actions to promote their dissemination.

Planned Impact

Air Pollution is an increasing concern for the general public, a focus of media attention, and is rising to the top of the policy agenda for local and regional authorities, private sector organisations involved in air quality activity, and companies committed to understanding, and mitigating, the environmental impacts of their business, and the regulatory framework they operate within.

There is a demonstrated regional and national interest in the application of the best available science to understand air pollution pressures, and deliver the best policy measures and interventions both to ameliorate pollution; there is also a strong imperative to understand the likely future air quality picture, with and without interventions.

WMAQIPs three interlinked themes will address these needs to deliver transformative regional impact, through costs avoided (fiscal, health and social care); achieving legal compliance with limit values (i.e. statutory obligations); improvements to practice and to policy formulation on near-term and strategic timescales, increased regional attractiveness encouraging inward investment, new business opportunities, and most significantly through improved environmental air quality, and hence population health and wellbeing.

In supporting the WMCA and Local Authorities in achieving their strategic goals of halving air pollution related mortality by 2030, WMAQIP will reduce deaths by 750/yr and release £170m in annual attendant cost. In ensuring clean air zones meet statutory obligations, direct benefits of over £5m annually will accrue just from Birmingham and Coventry - considering only the resident population, i.e. discounting visitors / workers commuting into the area. In enabling the horizon scanning prediction of air quality consequences of policy options, and their comparison with business as usual approaches, alongside explicit consideration of air quality alongside conventional economic indicators, WMQAIP will influence the annual TfWM capital expenditure of £69m, and spend of the £250m Industrial Strategy Transforming Cities fund. In enabling the effective use of green infrastructure to deliver air quality benefit (rather than penalty), WMAQIP will promote city amenity, quality of life and wellbeing - and deliver regional natural capital gain, with scope for national rollout, through HS2. Air quality imposes a 1.4% burden on regional economic output (GVA), equivalent to 19000 jobs; ultimately WMAQIP will contribute to unlocking this pollution penalty on the region's growth.

Without action, present day West Midlands pollution levels and forecast regional population growth would require an additional 430 hospital beds by 2023 - equating to almost a £600m hospital. There is a critical need for concerted action to improve air quality; clear gaps in capability which NERC-derived environmental science can fulfil, and regional political timing uniquely suited to the opportunity.

Organisations

Publications

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Description WM-Air - the West Midlands Air Quality Improvement Programme - is an (ongoing, 2019 - 2023) five-year project to apply environmental science research expertise to improve air quality in the West Midlands, delivering health, economic and environmental benefits. The project comprises three broad themes, which aim to improve understanding of the region's air pollution challenges, to provide new capability to support clean air measures and policy focussed upon the region, and to support the application of these to specific policy scenarios, questions and challenges.

1) Situational Awareness (understanding of air pollution levels and sources). WM-Air will provide new measurements of the levels of air pollutants (augmenting existing monitoring and addressing gaps in knowledge), and quantify pollution sources by sector, including measurement of real-world on-road vehicle emissions.

2) Predictive Capability to develop and evaluate air quality policy options and support development in achieving cleaner air. WM-Air will provide new capacity to predict (model) future air quality levels, in comparison with business as usual predictions, and how these may respond to potential policy options. The project will evaluate the air-quality-driven health and economic benefits and impacts of such predictions, on a local level within the region. The project will provide guidance over the use of green infrastructure (urban vegetation) to improve air quality, to maximise the benefits achievable.

3) Application of the resulting capability to specific policy scenarios and case studies, for example around major interventions such as Clean Air Zones, infrastructure developments (eg, HS2, Commonwealth Games) and other developments on scales from regional to local. WM-Air will resource a cohort of Impact Fellows, staff with the expertise to apply the new insight and capacity, physically embedded within partner organisations to ensure the relevance and applicability of their support.
Exploitation Route WM-Air will help to support existing policy actions in the air quality area, and build the region's air quality expertise base. The project addresses the UK Industrial Strategy Grand Challenge of Clean Growth, which commits to creating a future where our cities benefit from cleaner air, and the Infrastructure Foundation of Productivity, which identifies the significant negative impact air pollution has on public health, the economy and the environment; however the key beneficiaries of WM-Air will be the population of the region, through contributions to reductions in air pollution related illness, and associated increases in life expectancy and quality of life.

See also next section re Impact
Sectors Communities and Social Services/Policy,Environment,Healthcare,Government, Democracy and Justice,Transport

URL https://wm-air.org.uk/
 
Description The WM-Air project was co-designed to deliver impact - in environmental, societal, political ad economic terms - from the application of NERC environmental science expertise in support of Clean Air for the West Midlands. At this early stage of the project, work is underway to provide new understanding of air pollution sources in the area, and develop new underpinning capability (including a regional predictive air quality model). Through case study partnerships, these tools will deliver impact; work is underway with (e.g.) local authorities (BCC, CCC, Walsall, Dudley); regional bodies (e.g. TfWM, WMCA), infrastructure providers (e.g. HS2) and others, including the NHS, individual SMEs and the Organising Committee of the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
First Year Of Impact 2019
Sector Communities and Social Services/Policy,Environment,Healthcare,Government, Democracy and Justice,Transport
Impact Types Societal,Economic,Policy & public services

 
Description Air Quality in the West Midlands Covid-19 WM-Air Interim Briefing Note
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
 
Description BCC AQ Action Plan
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description BCC Report: 'Air Quality and the impacts of COVID-19 Lockdown in 2020: An analysis of changes in nitrogen dioxide for Birmingham'
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description BCC transport white paper
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description Birmingham City Council Clean Air Strategy consultation response, April 2019
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/info/20076/pollution/1280/what_else_is_birmingham_doing_about_air_poll...
 
Description Birmingham City Council: Air Quality and Impacts on NO2 Compliance in Birmingham, 2020
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
 
Description Birmingham Urban Forestry Master Plan
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description Birmingham and Solihull STP task-group meetings and input to support application of the Health Outcomes of Travel Tool across seven NHS Trust sites in the region. The outputs were summarised in a paper for the STP Board and are being used to support a range of initiatives to reduce staff, patient and visitor mileage.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description DEFRA Call for evidence on future PM2.5 concentrations
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description Expert advisory input to the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust Sustainability Strategy - Greener communities, Healthier lives.
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Expert public health and air quality science input to the Association of Directors of Public Health West Midlands regional Air Quality Policy Position Statement (to support national ADPH Policy Position on Outdoor Air Quality). Statement to be launched at West Midlands Public Health Excellence Conference Air Quality Workshop (28 November 2019)
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description Greater London Authority Guide - Using green infrastructure to protect people from air pollution. Produced in consultation with the Birmingham Institute of Forest Research (University of Birmingham), the Global Centre for Clean Air Research (University of Surrey) and Transport for London.
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
URL https://www.london.gov.uk/WHAT-WE-DO/environment/environment-publications/using-green-infrastructure...
 
Description Health Education Masterclass - Inclusive Growth and the 'Doughnut Model' for Economic Recovery
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description House of Commons' Environment, Food & Rural Affairs Committee Inquiry on Air Quality
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description Insights into air pollution levels in the West Midlands from Covid
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/Documents/research/Public-Affairs/2019-20/UoB-Briefing-May2020-WM-Air-Q...
 
Description NICE stakeholder consultation and guideline [NG149] Indoor Air Quality at Home
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng149
 
Description Provision of public health and technical air quality advice to University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust for the Sustainable Development Management Plan (STMP), outlining plans to improve prevention and the wider determinants of health in the communities they serve. STMP adopted by UHB Board in autumn 2019.
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description Rob MacKenzie provided a scoping document advising on Green Infrastructure around schools for Hackney Borough Council, September 2019.
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Rob MacKenzie visited and provided written advice to Guizhou Province on sustainable management of landscapes of cultural and natural significance, June 2019, drawing on concepts developed for University of Birmingham Policy Commission on Future Urban Living.
Geographic Reach Asia 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
URL https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/impact/policy-commissions/future-urban-living/index.aspx
 
Description WMCA COVID-19 Community Recovery Roadmap
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact All local authorities must develop COVID-19 recovery strategies. The West Midlands Combined Authority has developed an on-going Community Recovery initiative. This was developed based on citizen consultation and intensive engagement with former members of the Urban Living Birmingham project. The design and development of the WMCA Community Roadmap drew upon the analysis and approaches developed by the Urban Living project. The initial roadmap was published in November 2020, but this represents work in progress. The emphasis placed on citizen as end-user that was at the core of the Urban Living Birmingham project is also at the core of the WMCA roadmap.
URL https://www.wmca.org.uk/media/4376/community-recovery-prospectus-nov-20.pdf
 
Description WMCA climate action / zero carbon green paper
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description West Midlands Three Year Air Quality Action Plan
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description evidence to government review
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL https://committees.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/9666/html/
 
Description 'Multi-model Air Quality System for Health (MAQS-Health)' - Strategic Priorities Fund (SPF), Clean Air Programme CA19-1, BEIS / Met Office
Amount £700,000 (GBP)
Funding ID DN424739 
Organisation Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2020 
End 03/2022
 
Description Actively anticipating the unintended consequences on air quality of future public policies (ANTICIPATE)
Amount £429,209 (GBP)
Funding ID NE/T001852/1 
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2019 
End 02/2022
 
Description Assessing environmental impacts of COVID-19 emergency public health measures in Oxford City.
Amount £207,249 (GBP)
Funding ID NE/V010360/1 
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2020 
End 12/2021
 
Description Assessing the impact of zero and low emissions control interventions upon air quality in Oxford City; baseline data collection and feasibility study
Amount £49,944 (GBP)
Funding ID NIHR130095 
Organisation National Institute for Health Research 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2019 
End 04/2020
 
Description Developing a UK Community Emission Modelling System (DUKEMS) - UKMO / UKRI Clean Air Analysis & Solution SPF
Amount £1,231,650 (GBP)
Organisation United Kingdom Research and Innovation 
Department Strategic Priorities Fund
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description EPSRC IAA: Integrating Air Quality measurements into the Birmingham Urban Observatory.
Amount £30,000 (GBP)
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2020 
End 09/2021
 
Description Integrated Research Observation System for Clean Air (OSCA)
Amount £429,752 (GBP)
Funding ID NE/T001976/1 
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2019 
End 04/2022
 
Description Optimising air quality and health benefits associated with a low-emission transport and mobility revolution in the UK
Amount £508,012 (GBP)
Funding ID NE/V002449/1 
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2020 
End 08/2023
 
Description Public Health Intervention Responsive Studies Team (PHIRST): University of Hertfordshire
Amount £1,472,231 (GBP)
Funding ID NIHR131573 
Organisation National Institute for Health Research 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2020 
End 08/2023
 
Description UK Collaboratorium for Research in Infrastructure & Cities: Urban Observatories (Strand B)
Amount £8,000,000 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/P016782/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2017 
End 03/2021
 
Description University of Birmingham - Public Engagement with Research funding for 'Clean Air for All', Dr Suzanne Bartington
Amount £1,316 (GBP)
Organisation University of Birmingham 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2019 
End 12/2019
 
Title The WM-Air ADMS air quality model (alpha version) 
Description The core of the tool is a commercial model, ADMS-Urban. The tool is built on ADMS-Urban by incorporating multiple local datasets from West Midlands. 
Type Of Material Computer model/algorithm 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact The tool can be used to model air quality for the entire West Midlands. It will be used within the WM-Air project to simulate the consequences and impact of policy scenarios in future in collaboration with stakeholders (ongoing). 
 
Title The WM-Air CMAQ regional air quality model 
Description Development of a regional Air Quality Model. 
Type Of Material Computer model/algorithm 
Year Produced 2021 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact Ongoing work to apply the model for exploring AQ intervention scenarios in collaboration with stakeholders. 
 
Description Birmingham City Council 
Organisation Birmingham City Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution (1) Data sharing for model development. (2) Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs): Using telemetry and the ADMS model to explore the impact of LTNs on local Air Quality. (3) Impact of Covid-lockdowns: Observation data and AQ model used to explore the impact of Covid lockdowns on AQ in Birmingham. (4) Roadside AQ compliance: Using the ADMS model to explore areas outside the CAZ that are still above the 40 ug m-3 threshold for NO2. (5) Advice, guidance and tool-testing: Input into the Birmingham City Strategy & Policy development;Testing a range of GI tools and developing guidance (Neighbourhood Environmental Justice Audit Tool development); Supporting the development of an Urban Forest Master Plan for Birmingham City Council that will help set direction, governance and monitoring of the Urban Forest; Viability of smog barriers; Use of Green Infrastructure to reduce personal exposure at locations predicted to exceed AQ standards (inked to DEFRA JAQU)
Collaborator Contribution (1) Data sharing activities (they have provided many datasets and support needed to set up our model). (2) Data provision and co-design of activities (3) Data provision and co-design of activities (4) Data provision and co-design of activities (5) Requests for input.
Impact (1) Air Quality model (2) Ongoing (3) Briefing paper: https://wm-air.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Impacts-of-Covid-Lockdown-upon-NO2-in-Birmingham_WM-Air_compressed-1.pdf (4) Model output and briefing (ongoing) (5) Written advice
Start Year 2019
 
Description CERC - emissions inventory 
Organisation Cambridge Environmental Research Consultants
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Sub-contract to CERC for consultancy work
Collaborator Contribution Dveloping the emissions inventory for the west midlands 2016 baseline year for ADMS-Urban
Impact Source Apportionment of PM
Start Year 2019
 
Description Commonwealth Games Air Quality 
Organisation Birmingham Organising Committee for the 2022 Commonwealth Games
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Contributions currenting underway include: 1. Review actions taken to improve air quality at previous Games. 2. Supporting the development of the Commonwealth Games sustainability strategy ensuring that minimising the impact of the Games on air quality is a target. 3. Provide guidance and expertise for air quality monitoring and data interpretation, including "low cost" sensors, their placement, and interpretation of the data obtained, around key Commonwealth Games locations. 4. Model the air quality impacts of predicted CWG traffic scenarios to support the Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) Games route network planning. 5. Providing guidance on minimising exposure at park and ride locations. 6. Providing evidence to support the use of low emissions vehicles in the CWG fleet.
Collaborator Contribution The Organising Committee are supporting the collaboration by providing model input data and access to venues.
Impact Still ongoing
Start Year 2020
 
Description Coventry City Council 
Organisation Coventry City Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution (1) Sensor measurements: WM-Air is working in partnership with Coventry City Council to site a number of PM sensors around the region for mutual-benefit. (2) AQ Modelling of Traffic Schemes around Foleshill Road (3) AQ modelling of developments (4) Source apportionment of PM for woodburning assessment
Collaborator Contribution (1) Discussion regarding locations within Coventry that are mutually beneficial and useful to both parties. (2) Co-design of project and data sharing (3) Co-design of project and data sharing (4) Co-design of project
Impact (1) Ongoing (2) Baseline AQ model maps + briefing (3) Baseline AQ model maps + briefing (4) Proposal / briefing
Start Year 2019
 
Description Dudley Metropolitan Council 
Organisation Dudley Metropolitan Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution (1) Monitoring advice: Dudley MBC reported seeing high NO2 levels (100+ ug/m3) from diffusion tube data on a stretch of road within their district. Members of the WM-Air team then visited the location with area with a more sensitive chemiluminscence NOx instrument to make some measurements and fed back the data to Dudley MBC. From this the limitations of diffusion tube data were raised and the need to spot check sites from time to time with more sensitive instruments were discussed. (2) ADMS model run and use of telemetry data to explore problematic locations, Halesowen road (Netherton) and Quarry Bank High st, to assist with tube placement, comparisons with monitoring data, and generally to explore exceedances in Dudley.
Collaborator Contribution (1) Access to local NO2 data. (2) Co-design of impact projects and case studies based around the policy and air quality needs for Dudley.
Impact (1) Data analysis and advice for Dudley (2) Ongoing - provided baseline AQ maps for Dudley for consideration by DMC.
Start Year 2019
 
Description HEAT - EDAR 
Organisation Hager Environmental & Atmospheric Technologies
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution EDAR will be deployed in Birmingham to study the vehicle emission factors under the real-world conditions
Collaborator Contribution EDAR will be deployed by the HEAT
Impact NA
Start Year 2020
 
Description HS2 
Organisation High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution This is a collaboration initiated by a previous collaboration with Churchman Thornhill Finch (part of my KE Fellowship). Churchman Thornhill Finch were landscape architects for a the pre-works on the new Interchange station site. This led to us working with HS2 to develop practical guidance to design parkway stations with better air quality. The latter part of the work is undertaken on the WM-Air project, but the relationship stemmed from my NERC KE Fellowship.
Collaborator Contribution HS2 have signed an NDA providing us with access to confidential information. They have also given substantial time in kind to develop the project, including facilitating access to their construction site, the necessary training, and several meetings. Fieldwork to measure the effectiveness of green infrastructure was planned in 2020; this did not take place due to CV19.
Impact Fieldwork that was cancelled due to CV19 Draft report for practitioners currently under review.
Start Year 2019
 
Description HS2 Interchange GI 
Organisation High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution HS2 Ltd are working with WM-Air to understand the impact if green infrastructure on air quality in and around their proposed Birmingham Interchange station.
Collaborator Contribution HS2 and partners provide access to the construction site to enable baseline measurements.
Impact No outcomes to date.
Start Year 2019
 
Description SIEMENS 
Organisation Siemens AG
Department Siemens plc
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Exploring how low cost sensors can be included in an offering to Coventry City Council.
Collaborator Contribution Testing of sensors and exploring of future utility
Impact n/a
Start Year 2020
 
Description Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council 
Organisation Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution (1) AQ model work and PM source apportionment: Baseline AQ maps near Midland Metropolitan Hospital, Kendrick House and Bearwood Road sites in Sandwell, and source footprint for NO2 and PM2.5. (2) Estimating the health impact of air quality among residents living in Sandwell.
Collaborator Contribution (1) Co-design of project (2) Co-design of project and data provision
Impact (1) Baseline maps and briefing (ongoing) (2) Masters dissertation
Start Year 2019
 
Description Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council 
Organisation Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution (1) Advice on AQ around local school (2) AQ Modelling: Run model for NO2, PM2.5, PM10 to identify hotspots to determine areas of concern. Solihull to use these to explore strategies to address AQ in those areas; (3) Potential PM sensor deployment (Solihull currently have no PM monitors)
Collaborator Contribution (1) Request for support/advice (2) Co-design of project and data provision (3) Request for support
Impact (1) Advice provided (2) Ongoing (3) Ongoing
Start Year 2019
 
Description TRANSITION Clean Air Network funding award NERC [ 
Organisation University of Birmingham
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution ANTICIPATE investigators (Gilbert, Moller, Hamilton) are Co-Investigators for the Clean Air Programme Strategic Priorities Fund Wave 2 Clean Air Network 'Optimising air quality and health benefits associated with a low-emission transport and mobility revolution in the UK' led by Dr Bartington.
Collaborator Contribution Activities undertaken within the ANTICIPATE research programme generated research ideas for the network proposal.
Impact NERC Grant Award (1 Sep 2020 - 31 Aug 2023) Value: £508,012. The main output to date is the launch workshop report 'Characterising Emerging Air Quality Challenges and Risks Associated with Transport Decarbonisation'
Start Year 2020
 
Description TfWM 
Organisation Transport for West Midlands
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution (1) Traffic Maps: Detailed traffic maps will be used to produce vehicle emission maps within the WM. Modelling the impact of future traffic activity, changing fleet composition (i.e. Euro classes), and the electrification of public transport on AQ. (2) Impact of Covid-lockdown on AQ: analysis of observations and model data
Collaborator Contribution (1) Data access - the traffic maps are provided by TfWM (2) Briefing paper now cited in WMCA Transport Delivery Committee Report
Impact (1) Ongoing (2) Analysis and Briefing Paper on the impact of COVID-19 lockdown on air quality provided for TfWM and WMCA for advice and guidance purposes, now cited in WMCA Transport Delivery Committee Report https://wm-air.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/UoB-Briefing-May2020-WM-Air-Quality-Bloss-v2.pdf
Start Year 2019
 
Description The Floow - telematics data 
Organisation Floow Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Telematics data will be used to produce detailed spatio-temporal distributions of driving characteristics across the studied area
Collaborator Contribution Telematics data are providing and initial calculations are conducting by the Floow company
Impact NA - ongoing
Start Year 2019
 
Description University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust 
Organisation University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution NO2 diffusion tubes and PM sensors have been deployed at QEHB, HH, BCC, BWH sites to provide ambient monitoring for a 12-week period, with scope to extend for longer duration in future campaigns.
Collaborator Contribution Co-designers of the project. Tube deployment will be conducted with the support of UHB/BWH/BCH Estates staff and will involve minimal interference with clinical activities and service delivery.
Impact Ongoing: Arising observations will be integrated with those obtained from mobile van monitoring measurements and other available measures to generate (i) a summary report for submission to the UHB Executive Board; (ii) a case study for submission to NHS England; (iii) a briefing paper for Birmingham City Council. These outputs will inform actions to be taken both at a small area level (such as consideration to be given for patient/staff/visitor access and travel arrangements by UHB), to inform targeted air quality monitoring protocols arising within the NHS Green Plan (NHS SDU) and to guide future actions within the Birmingham Transport Plan (Birmingham City Council). Outputs may also be used to inform delivery of the NHS Long Term Plan commitments, including the transfer to digitally enabled outpatient care and target for cutting mileage and air pollution from rapid response vehicles, patient transport and staff journeys by a fifth by 2024. In the longer term, arising actions may inform the NHS Green Plan delivery framework, for wider use by commissioners for healthcare service contracts thereby achieving lasting impact at a national level. Outcomes arising from these findings will also benefit the health and wellbeing of staff, visitors and patients at the healthcare sites and lead to improved societal awareness of the links between air quality and healthcare service delivery.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Voi e-scooters 
Organisation Voi Technology
Country Sweden 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution (1) Collaborative project assessing the scale of benefit achievable (emissions avoided, estimated health gain) for different scenarios of scooter use / journey mode shift, linking to TfWM/DfT Future Transport Zones pilot project.
Collaborator Contribution (2) Provision of data (via API) and co-design of project
Impact (1) Ongoing
Start Year 2020
 
Description WMCA 
Organisation West Midlands Combined Authority
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution (1) WMCA modelling scenarios: Impact of 10%, 20%, and 30% traffic reduction over WM; Impact of electrical vehicles (100% bus electrification, additional 25% and 50% LDV electrification) over WM; Impact of replacing all euro 3 vehicles with euro 6 vehicles over WM. (2) Impact of Covid lockdown on WM AQ: Analysis and Briefing Paper on the impact of COVID-19 lockdown on air quality provided for BCC, TfWM, WMCA for advice and guidance purposes. (3) Air Quality Strategy (linked secondment - see secondment section): Bring together an evidence base for the future air quality strategy with 4 main focuses: a) Establishing the health impacts of poor air quality in the West Midlands b) Quantifying the impacts of air quality measures currently proposed c) Exploring issues impacting air quality that have not been considered in the current strategies d) Place-based inequalities
Collaborator Contribution (1) Data sharing activities (they provided many datasets and support needed to set up our model). (2) Briefing paper now cited in WMCA Transport Delivery Committee Report (3) Air quality strategy: Provision of data, support and guidance for the WM-Air project and specific areas of focus.
Impact (1) AQ model (2) Analysis and Briefing Paper on the impact of COVID-19 lockdown on air quality provided for BCC, TfWM, WMCA for advice and guidance purposes, now cited in WMCA Transport Delivery Committee Report: https://wm-air.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/UoB-Briefing-May2020-WM-Air-Quality-Bloss-v2.pdf (3) Ongoing
Start Year 2019
 
Description Walsall Council 
Organisation Walsall Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution (1) Working in partnership to support the setting up a new air quality rural background site in Swindon (West Mids) (2) Running new WM-Air ADMS model to explore PM2.5 sources and hot spots for Walsall.
Collaborator Contribution (1) Setting up an air quality rural background site (described above) - data available for use in the project. (2) Data sharing activities (they provided many datasets and support needed to set up the WM-Air ADMS model). Advice on the West Midlands ADMS Air Quality model being developed, based on the Walsall AQ model - Curtis Dean (Walsall Council employee working on their air quality model) worked closely with the WM-Air team to co-develop the regional AQ model (details under secondments section).
Impact (1) Air quality rural site set up (2) ADMS Air Quality model
Start Year 2019
 
Description Wolverhampton City Council 
Organisation Wolverhampton City Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution (1) Roadside AQ exceedances: Use of ADMS model to explore NO2 hot spot areas (Lichfield St, Broadstreet, Ring Road) and consider impact of intervention plans. (2) Taxi licensing project: Assessment of taxi emissions arising from licensing scenarios
Collaborator Contribution (1) Data provision and co-design of project (2) Data provision and information access
Impact (1) Baseline AQ maps and initial briefing (2) Ongoing
Start Year 2019
 
Description 'Spacetime and Singapore: Towards a Four-Dimensional Understanding of City-Region Economies', City REDI blog, 08/05/2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 'Spacetime and Singapore: Towards a Four-Dimensional Understanding of City-Region Economies', City REDI blog, 08/05/2019
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://blog.bham.ac.uk/cityredi/spacetime-and-singapore-towards-a-four-dimensional-understanding-of...
 
Description "End-user innovation of DIY Citizen Place-Making and Local Infrastructure Provision", Malvern Festival of Innovation 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 45 people attended an event evolving presentations and then discussions
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.festival-innovation.com/archives/2019-programme/2019-environment-sustainability
 
Description "Repatriation or Reshoring of Manufacturing to the US and UK: Dynamics and Global Production Networks or from Here to There and Back Again", invited presentation to the Social Situation Monitor Research Seminar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact 2019 "Repatriation or Reshoring of Manufacturing to the US and UK: Dynamics and Global Production Networks or from Here to There and Back Again", invited presentation to the Social Situation Monitor Research Seminar, European Commission, SSM Seminar Global Value Chains workshop, Brussels, 17 December 2019, https://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?langId=en&catId=88&eventsId=1542&furtherEvents=yes, 35 attendees
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?langId=en&catId=88&eventsId=1542&furtherEvents=yes
 
Description "The End of Manufacturing as we Know it: New Forms of Urban Production", invited seminar to the Conférence Urban Production 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 2019 "The End of Manufacturing as we Know it: New Forms of Urban Production", invited seminar to the Conférence Urban Production, organised by Metrolab, Brussels. November 14 and 15, 2019, http://www.metrolab.brussels/events/conference-urban-production, 120 attendees
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.metrolab.brussels/events/conference-urban-production
 
Description 'A Bollywood Solution to Air Pollution: Linking Research and Policy to the Cinema Screen', City REDI blog, 19/03/2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact City REDI blog: 'A Bollywood Solution to Air Pollution: Linking Research and Policy to the Cinema Screen',
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://blog.bham.ac.uk/cityredi/a-bollywood-solution-to-air-pollution-linking-research-and-policy-t...
 
Description 'The Invisible Killer and London's Ultra-Low Emission Zone: Too little and too late?', Birmingham Business School blog, 12/04/2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 'The Invisible Killer and London's Ultra-Low Emission Zone: Too little and too late?', Birmingham Business School blog, 12/04/2019
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://blog.bham.ac.uk/business-school/2019/04/12/the-invisible-killer-and-londons-ultra-low-emissi...
 
Description 'The Invisible Killer and Responsible Inclusive Prosperity: Tackling the Challenges of Urban Air Pollution - Delhi India, 6-7 March 2019', City REDI blog, 09/03/2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 'The Invisible Killer and Responsible Inclusive Prosperity: Tackling the Challenges of Urban Air Pollution - Delhi India, 6-7 March 2019', City REDI blog, 09/03/2019
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://blog.bham.ac.uk/cityredi/the-invisible-killer-and-responsible-inclusive-prosperity-tackling-...
 
Description Air Quality Forum 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Prof William Bloss invited to give a presentation about WM-Air at the Air Quality Forum ('Practical guidance for planning and implementing targeted solutions to improve air quality through an interdisciplinary approach'), Tuesday 25 February 2020, Arup, London
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.waterfrontconferencecompany.com/conferences/air-quality-forum
 
Description Air Quality Innovation (Sustainability West Midland) 10 Dec 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Prof William Bloss and Omid Ghaffarpasand gave presentation at Air Quality Innovation (Sustainability West Midland) 10 Dec 2019 -
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Air Quality in the West Midlands Covid-19 WM-Air Interim Briefing Note (on website) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Analysis and Briefing Paper on the impact of COVID-19 lockdown on air quality provided for BCC, TfWM, WMCA for advice and guidance purposes: Air quality has received much attention since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, and changes in behaviour and economic activity over the past two months. The briefing paper looked at what we would expect to see, the observed changes in air quality and the implications for clean air policy and human health: https://wm-air.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/UoB-Briefing-May2020-WM-Air-Quality-Bloss-v2.pdf

It is now cited in WMCA Transport Delivery Committee Report. Resulted in new work strand predicting air quality compliance for 2020 and 2021 requested by BCC, related to Clean Air Zone plans.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://wm-air.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/UoB-Briefing-May2020-WM-Air-Quality-Bloss-v2.pdf
 
Description Al Jazeera TV Interview re: 'The COVID-19 Effect: why coronavirus is eclipsing Thunberg on climate change' Uni Birmingham blog 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Live Al Jazeera English television interview on air quality and Covid-19 to Research Fish. This occurred this evening (9.35pm - 11 March), and would have been seen by many millions internationally (potentially 54m according to the audience figures on-line).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/perspective/covid-19-climate-change.aspx
 
Description All Party Parliamentary Group for Cycling and Walking 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Invited presentation by Dr Suzanne Bartington at the APPGCW to provide an overview of the DfT Emergency Active Travel scheme and consideration of how local transport decisions can help during a national crisis.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://allpartycycling.org/2020/07/08/webinar-how-local-transport-decisions-can-help-during-a-natio...
 
Description Allometry media 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Media coverage for MacKenzie et al. 2019, 'Urban form strongly mediates the allometric scaling of airshed pollution concentrations", Environ. Res. Lett.
Reach statistic by 15th Feb 2020 = 27 million, with a value to the funders calculated by the UoB press office as £502,000.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-51268918
 
Description Blog 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact A blog on "Overcoming wicked problems: structural inequality, discrimination and racism"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://blog.bham.ac.uk/business-school/2020/06/09/overcoming-wicked-problems/
 
Description Blog 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Bryson J.R., 'Responsible Business and Responsible Citizenship: Mutual Aid, Self-Isolation and the Covid-19 Pandemic', https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/perspective/responsible-business-covid-19.aspx, 17 to 25 March 2020 on front page of the University website, viewed 923 times by 15 November 2020
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/perspective/responsible-business-covid-19.aspx
 
Description Blog 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact COVID-19, the Domino Effect and Enhancing Pandemic Resilience across the West Midlands
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://blog.bham.ac.uk/business-school/2020/09/14/enhancing-pandemic-resilience-across-the-west-mid...
 
Description Blog 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Bryson J.R., 'The COVID-19 Effect: why coronavirus is eclipsing Thunberg on climate change', read over 50,000 times by Jan. 2021
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/perspective/covid-19-climate-change.aspx
 
Description Blog 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Beyond Nation First? COVID-19, Climate Change and Global Solutions Required for Global Problems
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/perspective/debate/index.aspx
 
Description Clean Air Day 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Clean Air Day 2020. An evening panel discussion organised by ST, chaired by ARMK, and including WJB on the panel.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Clean Air for All - Working together to improve the air we breathe for better health 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A public workshop was held on 20 November 2019 to inform the public about the health effects of poor air quality, explore their opinions about this issue and answer their questions. 108 people attended the event, of which just over half identified themselves as members of the public. Approximately half of the delegates reported that they, or a relative of theirs, had a lung condition. The majority of delegates were from Birmingham city with the remainder mainly from the West Midlands region.
Broadly speaking, the delegates were already engaged, interested and fairly knowledgeable about the issues which were being discussed. The lecture theatre session began and ended with interactive sessions using electronic polling devices to explore the knowledge base and canvass opinions from the delegates. A total of 71 feedback forms were received from the event and the feedback overall was overwhelmingly positive. Overall, 97% of delegates felt they had learned something new by attending Clean Air for All ('Strongly Agree' or 'Agree'), with only one delegate disagreeing with this statement. Free text responses indicated learning concerned factual knowledge of air quality statistics, the evidence base concerning health impacts and the role of the health service as both a contributor to poor air quality and relevant stakeholder for undertaking actions to mitigate impacts.

https://www.birminghamhealthpartners.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Clean-Air-for-All-Event-Report-Redacted-Version-16-Dec-2019.pdf
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.birminghamhealthpartners.co.uk/clean-air-for-all/
 
Description EnvironmentalHealth 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited Chair and Keynote, Environmental Health 2019, A.R. MacKenzie: Not falling over: strategies for the three-legged race to better urban futures
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description FutureBuild 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited keynote by A.R. MacKenzie: Reduce, Extend, Protect: Practical and evidenced steps to reduce public exposure to air pollution
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.futurebuild.co.uk/speakers/rob-mackenzie
 
Description FutureBuild2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact "Reduce, Extend, Protect: Practical and evidenced steps to reduce public exposure to air pollution". Invited keynote, FutureBuild, London, 5 March 2020.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Innovation challenge program (Sustainability West Midland) 13 Sep 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Innovation challenge program (Sustainability West Midland) 13 Sep 2019 - Short presentation on air quality and important challenges
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Media coverage for MacKenzie et al. 2019, 'Urban form strongly mediates the allometric scaling of airshed pollution concentrations' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Media coverage for MacKenzie et al. 2019, 'Urban form strongly mediates the allometric scaling of airshed pollution concentrations", Environ. Res. Lett. https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/ab50e3 [Reach statistic by 14th Jan 2020 = 7.3 million, with a value to the University calculated by the press office as £174,000.]
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/ab50e3
 
Description Mobility as a Service (HSBC Bank) 21 Nov 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Discussions on roundtable at Mobility as a Service (HSBC Bank) 21 Nov 2019
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description PHE AQ review 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Public Health England (PHE) Air Quality Review, Advisory Group - Planning / Spatial. Public Health England (PHE) has been requested by government to review the evidence for effective air quality interventions and provide practical recommendations for actions to supplement those identified in the air quality plan for nitrogen dioxide in UK (2017), by August 2018. The recommendations must stratify interventions by their health and economic impact.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation to Public Health Specialty Registrars attending the Health Education West Midlands Regional Training Day 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact SEB presented to Public Health Specialty Registrars attending the Health Education West Midlands Regional Training Day to provide knowledge of air quality and health research and explore opportunities to integrate air quality within local authority training placements. (7 October 2019)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation to industry, public and civic sector representatives at the joint Sustainability West Midlands (SWM) - Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management seminar (5 June 2019). 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Suzanne Bartington presented to industry, public and civic sector representatives at the joint Sustainability West Midlands (SWM) - Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management seminar (5 June 2019). The session identified a number of synergies between emerging environmental health challenges.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description RTPI CPD Urban Trees to Help Address Climate Change and Air Pollution 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Online presentation for regional RTPI (Royal Town Planning Association) as part of their professional CPD programme
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Radio interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Al Jazera English, 9.25pm. live interview on COVID-19 and climate impacts linked to the blog published on the University of Birmingham Perspectives Blog, Wednesday 11 March 2020, 53million reach.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Responsible Inclusive Prosperity, Infrastructure and the West Midland's Local Industrial Strategy", Westminster Business Forum Keynote Seminar: Next steps for the West Midland's Local Industrial Strategy 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact 120 people attended an event evolving presentations and then discussions
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Responsible consumption and the decision over Heathrow's third runway, Birmingham Business School Blog, 28 Feb 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Birmingham Business School Blog: Responsible consumption and the decision over Heathrow's third runway
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://blog.bham.ac.uk/business-school/2020/02/28/third-runway-at-heathrow/
 
Description Short journeys roundtable - University of Hertfordshire 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact An invited presentation given at a transport policy roundtable (convened by the University of Hertfordshire) to discuss the following points:
Many car journeys in counties and market towns are short distance. What can be done to move these away from cars? What is needed to move these to walking and cycling? Will micromobility substitute for car trips - e-bikes, scooters etc? In the wake of Covid-19, can the extra walking and cycling be retained and how can these be given priority in counties?"
The key arising output was a policy briefing note for the Department for Transport (Short Journeys). It also resulted in a new collaboration and invited member for the TRANSITION Clean Air Network advisory group.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description The COVID-19 Effect: why coronavirus is eclipsing Thunberg on climate change - University of Birmingham blog 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Bryson J.R. (2020). "The COVID-19 Effect: why coronavirus is eclipsing Thunberg on climate change", Birmingham Perspectives, front page of the University of Birmingham website

The COVID-19 Effect: why coronavirus is eclipsing Thunberg on climate change - University of Birmingham

With action required to protect the environment Professor of Enterprise and Economic Geography, John Bryson discusses if the COVID-19 effect may have had a greater impact than the Thunberg effect.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/perspective/covid-19-climate-change.aspx
 
Description The Edge Debate (online): The nexus of clean air and urban climate resilience 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Short presentation then part of the debate panel
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description The Royal Society - You and the planet: air 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Panel webinar hosted by the Royal Society and undertaken in collaboration with Manchester Science Festival https://royalsociety.org/science-events-and-lectures/2021/02/you-and-the-planet-air/ exploring the science of air quality and climate change, the impact air pollution on the planet and people's health. The event was live-streamed on the Royal Society YouTube channel and made available as a recording on the Royal Society website.

Attended live by 520 viewers, with 90 questions submitted and over 2500 viewed the recording within a 24 hour period. The event led to several submitted questions which have since shaped new research ideas - for example with regard to impacts of domestic woodburning in the West Midlands region and introduction of 20 mph speed limits.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://royalsociety.org/science-events-and-lectures/2021/02/you-and-the-planet-air/
 
Description Transport Professional Magazine - Air Quality and Climate Change Roundtable - 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Virtual roundtable discussion on the subject of the climate challenge and improving air quality. Specific discussion points:
* Whether the transport sector will be able to meet the 2050 net zero emissions target, and strategies for getting us there
* The need to improve air quality, whether we should set targets and the role of clean air zones
* The consequences of failing to make transport and mobility greener and cleaner
* Priorities and possible solutions (eg electric cars, more walking and cycling, road pricing)
* The role of governments, the transport sector and the public
* The impact of Covid on environmental ambitions and travel behaviours, both short and long term
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Transport for West Midlands 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Air Quality, Congestion and Environmental Sustainability: Invited presentation to transport professionals and local councillors on steps to improve air quality (Oct 2020)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description UoB Planetary Health workshop (24 June 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Suzanne Bartington organised the first UoB Planetary Health workshop (24 June 2019), including internal and external interdisciplinary academic researchers, clinicians, and local authority officers. The workshop identified a need for expert input for intersectoral horizon scanning, including identification of potential policy conflict areas with regard to climate change and air pollution mitigation measures.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Urban Effects of Lockdown - a UDG Coalition Conversation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The purpose of the online event - UDG Coalition Conversations - is to encourage built environment professionals to come together to share ideas and thoughts on how to tackle the most pressing crises facing towns and cities.

The first online conversation focuses on Urban Effects of Lockdown.

Professor Zongbo Shi gave a talk on the how lockdown affected air quality in global cities and what does it mean for future air pollution control. He also answered a number of questions by the audiences
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.udg.org.uk/events/2021/urban-effects-lockdown-udg-coalition-conversation
 
Description WJB interviewed on BBC News regarding woodburners 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Bill Bloss of filmed by BBC News commenting on government plans to plans to ban coal and wet wood from next January.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description WM-Air Annual Meeting, 29th October 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Annual meeting to update stakeholders and partners about WM-Air project progress and to engage them in discussions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description WM-Air Quarterly Newsletter 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Quarterly e-newsletter outlining and updating audiences (stakeholders, partners and interested parties) on the work of the WM-Air project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description WM-Air Twitter (@WMAir_UoB) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Twitter account for the WM-air project, currently 170 followers, 260 tweets sent out, 10,000 engagements.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019,2020
URL https://twitter.com/WMAir_UoB
 
Description WM-Air website 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact WM-Air project website, containing information about the project, aims, case studies, and partners, as well as resources for stakeholders, general public and interested other parties.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019,2020
URL https://wm-air.org.uk/
 
Description WMCA Transport Delivery Committee Councillors visit, 30th Jan 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact William Bloss and Catherine Muller welcomed a group of councillors from across the West Midlands (Cllr Richard Worral (Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council), Cllr Kath Hartley (Birmingham City Council) and Cllr Celia Hibbert (City of Wolverhampton Council)) plus representatives from Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), and the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB), who were interested in finding out about the WM-Air project and air quality impacts.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Webinar - business 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Invited to participate and present on the Digital Leadership Programme organized by GBSLEP and targeted at future digital leader across the West Midlands, 'Reading Service Businesses: New Business Models and Value Creation Processes', 9 September 2020
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Webinar - business 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A national Webinar organised by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) a presentation and related discussion under the title "Managing your Business Strategy Post-Pandemic".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Webinar - policymakers 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Invited to participate in the IGI, Birmingham, COVID-19 Webinar Series 'Living with the Pandemic', my topic was Social Distancing: People are the Problem (3 June 2020), about 300 people, with viewers from Brazil, Nigeria, Kenya, Romania, Belgium, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Malaysia and 'Facebook friends from the Arab world'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Webinar for Health Education England 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited to participate and present in a webinar organised by Health Education England on 10 November 2020 (90 delegates) on the topic "Covid-19 and the Economy: Forms of Life and the Tensions between the Biological, the Biographical and the Environmental".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Webinar targeted at American policy-makers and businesses 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Webinar discussion organised by Small Business Development Centre, University of New York (SUNY) on COVID-19 and the Management of Risk and Alternative Values, on Thursday 17 September 2020
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Webinar targeted at Business 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A presentation and discussion as part of the Business Bites webinar series run out of the Dubai campus of the University of Birmingham. The topic was: Covid-19 Pandemic and precarious Economies: Risk and Value in existing business models and the change required for recovery
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://anchor.fm/unibirminghamdubai/episodes/COVID-19-Pandemic-and-precarious-Economies-Risk-and-Va...