Rosie Riley

Thesis title:

Reduce Avoid Protect Support – changing air pollution related behaviour through a smart phone app (RAPSapp)


The health implications of air pollutants such as particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide are increasingly clear. Before leading to death, these pollutants increase cancers, asthmas, strokes, heart disease, diabetes, obesity and even dementia. In the UK the health costs of air pollution add up to more than £20 billion every year and lead to 40,000 premature deaths.The aim of Rosie’s project is to develop and evaluate the use of a mobile app to engage citizens in promoting healthier and more sustainable air pollution-related behavior. The outcomes of this research project will be: a fully functioning app to inform individuals on the risk of pollution, their own exposure, and what they can do to change it; a unique panel data set of individuals’ characteristics, lifestyle, and pollution-related behaviour; estimates of the causal impact of pollution related information on individual’s behaviour change, and how it differs among different socio-economic groups.

First supervisor:

Audrey de_Nazelle


8 – Urbanisation, Social Change & Urban Transformation