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Air quality policies of the future: individual responses and social challenges – report


On the 19th of April a group of researchers from SEFIRA Consortium met a delegation of the members of the European Parliament lead by MP Eleonora Evi from the ENVI Committee of the Parliament


Download the opening presentation and  the SEFIRA results posters (PDF)

Integrating knowledge from the atmospheric and socio-­economic sciences

Air quality policies and environmental conflicts

Acceptability of Air Quality Policies

SEFIRA FP7 – final results leaflet

(Design courtesy of ISIA – Urbino)



Photo: The debate hosted by the European Parliament

On the 20th of April hosted by the Committee of the Regions, the SEFIRA Project presented the main results of the Project in the Final Conference that was attended by 70 representatives from European Institutions, Regional and Local Governments, Universities, Research Institutes and Civil Society Organizations.




Photo: Scribing Exercise by Marta Fioravanti – ISIA Urbino












































Final Conference Presentations (click to download PDF)

Michela Maione (Project Coordinator – University of Urbino) – The Sefira Transdisciplinary Approach

Markus Amann (IIASA – Wien) Challenges of air quality management in Europe and the approach taken for the curren policy proposal

Marteen Loopmans (University K.U. Leuven) Environmental policies and urban ecology: from individual behaviour to political action

Yuri Kazepov (University of Vienna) Acceptability of Air Quality Policies: results from the SEFIRA pilot study

Martin Williams (King’s College London) Air Quality and Climate Change: how to coordinate efforts for a socio-ecological transition

Luigi Pellizzoni (University of Trieste – External Advisory Board SEFIRA) An introduction on Environmental Conflicts around Air Quality

Azadeh Marzin (ADEME – France) Biomass burning: a burning issue

Christer Ågren (Airclim – Sweden) Agri-food impact on air quality

Anna Dworakowska (Krakow Smog Alert) The growing civil society movement for air quality improvement in Poland

Roald Wolters (European Commission – DG Environment) The governance of conflicts around air quality




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Socio Economic implications For Individual Responses to Air Pollution policies in EU +27

SEFIRA has the objective of creating a European coordination of transdisciplinary scientific and socio-economic resources in order to support the review and implementation of air quality legislation by the European Commission (EC) led by DG Environment. SEFIRA will coordinate some of the best scientific and socio-economic resources and will review air quality policies and legislation at the interface between environmental, economic and social sciences in order to achieve a deeper understanding of these complex issues. The main fields involved in the action will be atmospheric sciences, environmental and legal sociology, anthropology, geography and economics.