Bringing together experts from a range of disciplines, this study will create a tool that will inform the implementation of the UK Government’s Clean Air Strategy. This tool, called APEx, will be used to instigate new solutions to protect the health of vulnerable groups, allow the refinement of existing solutions to increase impact and reduce unintended consequences. It will achieve this by merging three existing advanced urban models of air pollution, buildings and urban form and a human behaviour (agent-based) model that will, in combination, be capable of estimating how much air pollution people are exposed to as they move around a city. APEx will be evaluated using an extensive database of world leading and unique personal exposure measurements gathered from several research campaigns carried out in recent years. Choice surveys will be carried out to ensure that human behaviour is correctly reflected in the model, including how citizens might react to the introduction of proposed clean air policies.


Lead Organisation: Imperial College London (Previously King’s College)

Partners: University of Reading, University of Birmingham, London School of Economics, Edinburgh University

University of Reading PI: Dr Stefán Thor Smith

University of Reading Co-Investigator: Prof. CSB Grimmond (Meteorology)

PDRA: Dr Denise Hertwig

Start and End Date: February 2019 – February 2022