A breath of fresh air: tackling the health inequalities caused by air pollution

A talk by Imran Nazerali
User Researcher, dxw

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About this talk

Southwark Council has become increasingly aware of the unequal impact of poor air quality on people’s health.

Southwark is a melting pot of different cultures and heritage. They asked dxw and Rooted by Design to help them identify ways to raise awareness and help people make better informed choices to improve health equity across the borough.

The project showed the tensions that can exist between agile and equity and community centred approaches. What started as a digital project looking at ways to improve an existing product (Southwark's AirTEXT app), became something quite different.

We’ll discuss:

1) The value of taking an equity centred approach

2) How we engaged with different community groups using a mix of research methods including community immersion

3) Our findings and recommendations

Addressing urban health inequities is the subject of a recent report by the Design Council and Impact on Urban Health.