Solving urban air pollution and green mobility


Learn how public health data, better air quality monitoring and smart green mobility could make our cities healthier places to live and explore.

It’s increasingly clear the impact dirty city air has on our health. A 2019 study from Imperial found toxic air contributed to about 4,000 deaths in the capital in 2019. Road vehicles are the single biggest contributor, and solutions often envisage car free streets allowing children to play safely outside in the clear fresh air. But mobility is also vital for the everyday function and economic prosperity of the city, not to mention its importance to many Londoners livelihoods and its role in tackling isolation and loneliness.  

 Any solution to London air pollution shouldn’t inadvertently restrict people’s ability to connect with other people and others part of the city. In this discussion public health expert Dr Ian Mudway will be joined by air quality analyst Dr Mark Richards and future transport designer Dr Jiayu Wu. Together they will explore how London’s current approach to transport is a threat to its residents’ lives, and how public health data, air quality monitoring and smart green mobility could help make our urban centres healthy places for people to live and explore. 

This discussion is hosted by The Forum, Imperial College London’s policy engagement programme, which connects leading researchers with policymakers to discover new thinking on global challenges. You can read about the Forum’s work to gather expertise on transition to zero pollution in all its forms here -