Contested Air Quality – Strategies, Policies and Collaborations

Air quality is a matter of technology and science, cleaner air is a matter of economics, politics and society – and understanding the interplay between all of these domains is of uttermost importance. The UNIPCC reports stress the vital importance of clean air and to implement measures to confront the challenges associated with polluted air. The burden of both changes in climate and polluted air are interlinked and some countries embark on an institutional guided transition towards cleaner air. Such process requires in situmeasurements, identification of emitting sources, modelling and knowledge about the impact of polluted air on health and eco-systems.

The success or failure of the institutionally lead transition towards cleaner air depends on collaboration between local and international stakeholders.

We invite contributions that explore air quality related studies and topics may include, but are not limited to: concentrations of the air pollution, local sources, trends and seasonal variation of air pollution, the side-effects of low air quality on humans and eco-systems together with an understanding of socio-economic side effects air pollution and to the perceptions of place, power, equity, trust and communication. Including a discussion about knowledge and stakeholders, strategies and policies as well as perceptions and attitudes regarding air quality (authorities and population).


Marie Thynell, Associate Professor in Peace and Development Research, School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg.

Johan Boman, Professor in Atmospheric Science, Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Gothenburg.