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CArE-Cities: Clean Air Engineering for Cities

CArE-Cities: Clean Air Engineering for Cities


Air pollution causes seven million premature deaths worldwide, disproportionately affecting poor and vulnerable communities and exacerbating inequalities among the masses in official development assistance (ODA) countries. This complex problem requires a holistic understanding of the whole process from pollution to solution by building interdisciplinary interfaces.

CArE-Cities is a seed funding project, awarded by the University of Surrey under the Research England’s Global Challenge Research Funds. CArE-Cities involves 11 Development Assistance Committee (DAC) listed countries and aspires to bring cleaner air to cities by building a knowledge exchange platform. Its activities include joint workshops, researchers exchange and pilot studies to address urban development and health impact assessment agendas in ODA countries.


With a collaborative vision of ‘clean air for all’, CArE-Cities aims to establish a multidisciplinary team for understanding emissions, penetrating low-cost pollution monitoring technology and exposure reduction strategies in selected ODA cities. CArE-Cities will assess the commuters’ exposure through collecting primary concentration data and evaluating different control scenarios to propose optimal transport emission control programs to reduce the impact on human health in Cairo and Sao Paulo; and assessing the feasibility of similar studies in countries such as Malawi, Tanzania, Iraq, Bangladesh and Ethiopia. Consolidating on the findings of the project, the team aims to develop larger research grant proposals with involved partners in future.

Project run time

The project is expected to run from January 2019 until July 2020.


CArE-Cities aims to develop a scientific framework for managing air pollution impacts on the health of people in selected ODA cities. This project will help set-up an international networking platform, building upon Global Centre for Clean Air Research (GCARE) collaborators, and also carry out pilot studies in ODA cities.

CArE-Cities will collaborate with 11 DAC-listed countries including upper middle-income countries (Brazil, China, Colombia), lower middle income and other lower-income countries (Egypt, India, Kenya) and least developed countries (Ethiopia, Tanzania, Malawi and Bangladesh). Given the resource constraints, we divide partners into three layers depending on the level of our research and engagement activities:

Frontrunner cities

Frontrunner cities will carry out pilot studies.

Follower cities

Follower cities are expected to initiate pilot studies on their own; participate in CArE-Cities workshops and we will donate one low-cost pollution sensor to each of them to carry out pilot studies adopting the approach developed and used in our frontrunner cities.

Observer cities

Observer cities will be invited to workshop as participants and they will share their experiences and feedback during workshops.

CArE-Cities will make novel contributions to the air pollution problem in the transport sector of chosen cities building upon past and ongoing projects, researchers exchange, pilot studies and workshops. Our concept of frontrunner, follower and observer cities will ensure engagement and benefit to everyone involved.

CArE-Cities members

Professor Prashant Kumar (Professor and Chair in Air Quality & Health / Director, Global Centre for Clean Air Research, GCARE; Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering; FEPS).

  • Professor Maria de Fatima Andrade (University of Sao Paulo, Brazil)
  • Professor Ahmed El-Gendy (The American University in Cairo, Egypt)
  • Professor Mukesh Khare (Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India)
  • Professor Abdus Salam (University of Dhaka, Bangladesh)
  • Professor Shi-jie Cao (Guangzhou University, China)
  • Dr Kosar Hama Aziz (University of Sulaimani, Kurdistan region, Iraq)
  • Dr Khalid Omer (University of Sulaimani, Kurdistan region, Iraq)
  • Professor Pedro Jose Perez Martinez (University of Sao Paulo, Brazil)
  • Dr Thiago Nogueira (University of Sao Paulo, Brazil)
  • Professor Yris Olaya (Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Columbia)
  • Dr Philip Osano (Stockholm Environment Institute Nairobi, Kenya)
  • Dr Vera Ngowi (Health and Allied Services, Dar-es-Salam, Tanzania)
  • Professor Adamson S. Muula (University of Malawi, Malawi)
  • Mr Fitsum Bekele (Meteorological Research and Studies Directorate, Ethiopia).
  • Dr Aonghus McNabola (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)
  • Dr Matthias Ketzel (Aarhus University, Denmark)
  • Professor Silvana Di Sabatino (University of Bologna, Italy)
  • Professor Lidia Morawska (Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane).
  • Professor Sotiris Vardoulakis (Institute of Occupational Medicine, Scotland)
  • Professor Chris Pain (Imperial College London)
  • Dr Anil Namdeo (Newcastle University, UK)
  • Dr Enda Hayes (UWE, UK)
  • Dr Nick Martin (National Physical Laboratory)
  • Professor Stephen Holgate (University of Southampton, UK).

Further information


  • Two-day early engagement global workshop and round table at Surrey: 10-11 April 2019
  • Second workshop in Cairo: June 2019
  • Third workshop in Surrey.


Will be listed here when publications for this project are written.


CArE-Cities is funded by Research England under the Global Challenge Research Fund (GCRF).

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