World Health Organisation recognition

We are delighted to have been selected as a case study by the World Health Organisation (WHO) Europe as part of their High Level Conference on Health Equity.

They came to visit our work in Sosnowiec, and made a film about the impact of the project on local communities.

The WHO conference is taking place in another of our partner cities, Ljubljana in June 2019. ClairCity will also be included in a written report summarising case studies of public engagement around Europe, to be published soon.

Many thanks to our partners in Sosnowiec for coordinating with the WHO Europe team to make the video and provide such an excellent representation of our work across our partner cities.

Sosnowiec stakeholder success

On 17th April 2019 we held our Stakeholder Dialogue Workshop in Sosnowiec, Poland.

This was an opportunity for local organisations to see the summary of results from our citizen engagement, and give input on the relative opportunities and priorities they saw for the city. Participants explored the variety of pathways chosen by citizens through our surveys, game and workshops. They could advise on what they considered to be acceptable consensus of low carbon, clean air pathways in the short-medium and long term to 2050.

The activities in the Stakeholder Dialogue Workshop generate agreed scenarios (combinations of policies that have been suggested and supported by citizens) which the ClairCity quantification team then model. The quantitative modelling tests which scenarios give the best outcomes in terms of achieving clean air and a low carbon future for the city.

We thank all of the participants of the workshop in Sosnowiec for their support and input. The event was productive and successful and we learnt a lot from their participation.

Zwycięzcy konkursów

21 marca 2019 w Sali Koncertowej “Muza” w Sosnowcu odbyła się Gala Dobrych Inicjatyw. Jest to coroczna impreza mająca na celu uhonorowanie osób, które na co dzień wpisują się w życie społeczności lokalnej Sosnowca.

Podczas tegorocznej gali ogłoszono zwycięzców konkursu dla szkół „Moje miasto, moja szkoła, mój dom” oraz konkursu filmowego dla seniorów. Przewodniczący Rady Miasta Mateusz Bochenek wręczył nagrody członkom zwycięskich zespołów oraz autorom filmików promujących ekologiczny sposób przemieszczania się.

Zespół Frele przestrzega przed paleniem w piecach śmieciami

Frele to trzy pochodzące ze Śląska dziewczyny, które tworzą covery znanych polskich i zagranicznych przebojów w gwarze śląskiej. Ich teksty okraszone są ogromnym poczuciem humoru. Utwór „Kaj to ciepiesz” to cover piosenki „Biała Armia” zespołu Bajm, który w humorystyczny sposób przestrzega ludzi przed paleniem w piecach śmieciami i pokazuje konsekwencje takiego zachowania.

Gra ClairCity Skylines już dostępna.

Czy kiedykolwiek chciałeś mieć władzę?

W grze ClairCity Skylines masz okazję odwiedzić znajome miejsca, decydując jak powinno wyglądać miasto przez następne 50 lat.

To od Ciebie zależy w jaki sposób będziesz zarządzał miastem, poprawisz jakość powietrza i sprawisz, że mieszkańcy będą zadowoleni. Sprawdź się pobierając ClairCity Skylines na Androida lub iOS. Podziel się z nami swoją opinią na Facebooku.

Pobierz grę na urządzenia iOS

Pobierz grę na urządzenia Android

Pobierz wskazówki jak grać tutaj.

ClairCity annual conference 2018


The ClairCity annual conference 2018 took place in our partner city of Sosnowiec, Poland on 25th April 2018.

It was attended by a range of local, national and international organisations and interested participants, as well as our ClairCity team and External Advisory Board members. The day was split into four sections, covering different issues. Click on the links below to see the slides from each presenter. These links cover two of the four sessions from the day. A full selection of all presentations will be available shortly.

European and international experiences

The (re)emerging problem of solid fuel use and PM emissions in Bristol and the UK (Bristol City Council) Andy Edwards

Pro-environmental behavioural change: Role of personalised informational intervention (iSCAPE project) Muhammad Adnan

Integrated air pollution management in Delhi city (Indian Institute of Technology) Mukesh Khare Residential wood combustion in the Nordic area (NILU) Susana Lopez-Aparicio

ClairCity project presentations

The ClairCity process – bringing the evidence together & ClairCity Skylines app. Enda Hayes (NO GIFs)

GreenANTS app. Mirjam Fredriksen

Delphi process and citizen voice. Jim Longhurst

Modelling behaviour in heating and transport. Kris Vanherle


Our local contacts in Sosnowiec made this short report about the event.

ClairCity: tackling air pollution through social innovation

Evidence shows that efforts to clean up vehicles have failed to deliver the predicted air quality improvements and CO2 emission reductions necessary to meet legal, health-based targets. Consequently, a more holistic approach is necessary to help us achieve cleaner, healthier air.  The ClairCity project aims to show how air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions are not just the result of polluting technology, or of individual choices, but instead are closely linked to the ways in which we organise modern society.

Different cars, same traffic jams

For many years, air quality policy has assumed that clean air and carbon reductions could be largely achieved through technological measures. To date air quality management has created a world populated by chimneys and vehicles, analysed through forecasting and models built upon average usage characteristics and emission factors, and consisting of polluting machines and objects. This view gives very little consideration to the people and the social frameworks that comprise such a world. This results in human behaviour being left largely untouched by policy, in a state of Business As Usual (e.g. by introducing cleaner cars, but allowing traffic flows to continue increasing).

Therefore, despite great successes at the end of the last century, the process of cleaning up (particularly light duty) vehicles has now run in to problems. Failures to achieve anticipated real world reductions in emissions is leading to widespread exceedences of European Limit Values, and relatively new but highly polluting cars are being locked into our vehicle fleets for the next decade or more. It is becoming increasingly evident that we will need changes to both behaviour and lifestyles to achieve our social and environmental goals. This need is evident not just in terms of air pollution, but also co-benefits in terms of greenhouse gases, noise, public space and so forth.

Technical measures and new opportunities

Our review work has shown that the measures included in typical high-level air quality plans tend to be disproportionately technical in nature and aimed at tackling specific sectors, for instance passenger transport or delivery of goods, or specific industries. Even where air quality plans attempt to go beyond command-and-control measures and aim at changing citizens’ behaviour they are predominantly limited to infrastructural/service investments and subsidies to less polluting vehicles and domestic appliances.

There is evidence to suggest that there is an increasing interest shown by policy actors in the role of the public. However, to date there has been little air pollution specific work on which to provide support to policy in this area.  From academic literature, there are three core ways in which the public have been designated a role in relation to air quality management. These are:

1) As relatively passive receptors of pollution;

2) As recipients of information about pollution concentrations, based on which they will change their behaviour to reduce their exposure;

3) As approvers of public policy, for example through assessments of their willingness to pay for cleaner air.

In terms of policy, there will occasionally be specific behavioural interventions but these usually take individualistic approaches, often treating travel activities as a matter of open choice, without detailed consideration of social and structural factors that lie behind people’s everyday decisions. One of the few examples of policies with a broader vision is The Cleaner Air for Scotland plan in the UK. This document strongly emphasises the need to look beyond individual circumstances and choices and understand what determines people’s choices, including not just material barriers but also norms and expectations.

Learning from others

To support this shift in air quality management, we look towards related fields of policy and research that have already addressed some similar concerns. There has been considerable work on both the psychological and sociological understanding of behaviour in the areas of transport and energy consumption, however there is little direct involvement of air quality management processes with the basic evidence base and theoretical approaches that have been developed there. Where behavioural interventions have been taken up into air quality management plans, this tends to have been done by simply selecting a set of off-the-shelf measures rather than a greater involvement and understanding of the social science evidence and research behind it.

Therefore the aim of ClairCity is to support air quality policy and management in incorporating a broader social science approach. We hope to show how new thinking about the role of people in relation to air pollution can change the options for action for cities and policy makers. As a project, we will demonstrate the practical applicability of this holistic approach by putting citizens at the centre of air quality management in our six pilot cities and regions.

Tim Chatterton, Laura De Vito, Eva Csobod, Peter Szuppinger and Gabor Heves

This is an edited extract from the ClairCity report “Review of Social Science in Air Quality and Carbon Management” which will be publicly available in mid-2018.

The story behind ClairCity

Our project team have been working across academia, government and civil society to share the ClairCity project. We are sharing our outcomes, but also explaining the theory behind the project, why we think it is important to involve citizens in air quality research projects and how we have put this in action within ClairCity. Here are two presentations that give some of the academic background and communication strategy behind the project.

This presentation was given at the Bristol Natural History Consortium “Communicate 2017” seminar series by Tim Chatterton, Corra Boushel and Laura Fogg Rogers to an audience of academics and practitioners in science communication.

The following presentation by Corra Boushel focuses on the communications strategy for ClairCity for EASME – the European Agency for Small and Medium Enterprises. This presentation was part of an event aimed at other European funded projects who are planning their communications.

2017 Annual Conference presentations

The ClairCity annual conference took place in Szentendre, Hungary on 24th May 2017. We were fantastically hosted by our consortium partners REC (Regional Environment Center) with attendees including a range of project staff, external advisory board members, ClairCity associates and interested representatives from further organisations.

The event was an opportunity to hear the experiences of experts from across the themes of interest of the ClairCity project. This year, there was a focus on work relating to innovative methods of communicating science, engaging the public and explaining air pollution and climate change. On this page you will find:

  1. Photos from the event
  2. Links to all slides from the public part of the conference

ClairCity annual conference Wednesday 24th May 2017

Air quality, carbon management and public health challenges in European cities – Dorota Jarosinska, WHO Europe.
1. Dorota Jarosinska PDF

1. Dorota Jarosinska powerpoint

Climate change, health and communication – Anna Paldy, Former Deputy Head of the Hungarian Environment and Health Research National Institute
2. Anna Paldy PDF

2. Anna Paldy powerpoint

An introduction to ClairCity – Enda Hayes, ClairCity Technical Director, UWE Bristol
3. Enda Hayes PDF

3. Enda Hayes powerpoint

Experiences of public involvement in sustainable urban mobility planning – Andras Ekes, Mobilissimus Kft., Hungary
4. Ekes Andras PDF

4. EkesAndras powerpoint

Citizens and their role in air quality and climate: the ClairCity approach – Tim Chatterton, ClairCity, UWE Bristol
5. Tim Chatterton PDF

5. Tim Chatterton powerpoint

Changing behaviour in the energy sector – Sea Rotmann, Director, Sustainable Energy Advice Ltd
6. Sea Rotmann PDF

The inclusion of citizens into ClairCity data analysis: Amsterdam case study – Trond Husby, ClairCity, PBL
7. Trond Husby PDF

Citizen and stakeholder engagement in the CEE region – Sandor Nagy, Vice Mayor for Urban Development of the CIVITAS programme
8. Nagy Sandor powerpoint

8. Nagy Sandor PDF

How to engage the public in science: experience of a science communication centre – Chris Dunford, At-Bristol Science Centre
9. Chris Dunford PDF

Multiple mechanisms of engagement for air quality, carbon and health: the ClairCity approach – Eva Csobod, ClairCity, REC
10. Eva Csobod PDF

10. Eva Csobod powerpoint

Using immersive gaming and apps to influence citizens: Introducing the ClairCity game and app – Mirjam Fredriksen, ClairCity, NILU and Andy King, ClairCity, UWE Bristol
11. Andy King and Mirjam Fredriksen PDF

11. Andy King and Mirjam Fredriksen powerpoint

Global perspectives on air quality – Roseanne Diab, Academy of Science for South Africa
(no slides)

Synergies with the European Mobility Week Campaign – Jerome Simpson, REC
12. Jerome Simpson

12. Jerome Simpson

Future scanning: air quality, climate change and health in 2050 and beyond – James Longhurst, UWE Bristol
13. Jim Longhurst

13. Jim Longhurst

For any further information about the event, please use our contact page to get in touch.