Work Packages


WP 1 Project Coordination and Management

An efficient coordination and management structure is the first prerequisite in order to set up an efficient dialogue among the different disciplines and working groups involved in the project and to establish an efficient information flow with the policy and decision makers. The fact that the Coordinating partner unit includes experts from many different fields among those involved in the project (sociology, anthropology, economics and atmospheric sciences) will help in making such integration effective. To achieve a better integration, all the partners involved in the project will be part of the Managing group.

WP1 Deliverables


WP2 Atmospheric sciences and policies review

The aim of this work package is to collect together a range of past and potential future policies on air quality to provide the context for the socio-economic appraisal and discussion, and to provide some real life examples of the policies which would benefit from a wider appraisal in socio-economic terms than simply a “traditional” cost-benefit analysis. There will be two main sources of these policies. Firstly, the review of air quality legislation which the Commission is undertaking will produce a series of possible future policies. Secondly, individual Member States will have policies of their own to address air quality.

In broad terms the EU-wide policies tend to be focussed on technical measures – the Euro standards for motor vehicles and the BAT specifications for large industrial sources are two classic examples. On the other hand, policies devised by individual Member States are often ‘non-technical’ in nature. Wider forms of assessment and appraisal are necessary to assess the acceptability of policies to the full range of stakeholders, particularly those that involve fiscal or other measures encouraging behavioural change.


WP3 Individuality, Law, Society and Environmental policies

This working package will integrate multidisciplinary approaches from social sciences in order to collect evidence on the implementation of environmental policies and legislation regarding air and noise pollution at EU and national level. Researches will employ mixed methods to understand the key elements which mark failures and successes of policies in order to collect ideas on more effective implementation, to be tested via discrete choice model and Ecosystem Services research proposed in WP4. Political geography and social studies of governance in general (including sociology, anthropology, psychology and economics), can provide the tools to analyze the acceptability and implementation of air quality legislation for citizens and stakeholders. The results from WP3 will also inspire the integration of scientific and socio-economic evidence produced by WP2 with the individual and social responses in national and local contexts.


WP4 Pilot study and Discrete Choice Analisys

This package will develop a Discrete Choice Analysis (DCA) to analyze the public acceptability of air quality policies in order to support the EC in its review and implementation phases (WP2 and WP3 will provide useful synthesis of the air quality policy review). Stated preference data will be collected through a CATI method in 5 different countries (for a total of 5.000 interviews) in cooperation with the SME PRAGMA. Using the choice-based conjoint analysis, each respondent chooses between different alternatives described in term of attributes which, in turn, are characterized by a range of attributes-levels. Trading-off between the different attributes-levels, it is possible to analyze the individual policy acceptability, highlighting possible socio-economic and demographic differences.


WP5 Integrated policy guidelines

The objective of this WP is the integration of the knowledge produced by the consortium. The working team will take into account all the specific knowledge fields, will highlight and strengthen the aspect of innovation and cooperation that can be established by and between the participants to the consortium and will integrate them into the final paper and recommendations. Each participant will be asked to organize a thematic expert meeting in their country and to contribute to the position papers produced by WP2, WP3 and WP 4. SEFIRA will provide specific multidisciplinary and integrated reports to the Air Quality revision and implementation processes and reports to the main stakeholder in order to facilitate their participation in the on going process. This process will involve both the consortium and the External Advisory Board. The whole production of documents of the consortium and their stakeholders will be summarized in a Final report and policy guidelines text.

WP5 Deliverables

  • IMR #1-2014 (English)
  • PB #1-2014          


WP6 Environmental Communication on Air Quality and outreach

The main objective of this work package is to implement the most effective ways for disseminating the outcome of the project work at three different levels of communication: the scientific and socio-economic interdisciplinary community, the relevant stakeholders and the general public. A concept for environmental communication will be developed using the results of the project as the empirical case. Although the release of the specific periodic reports in support to the on going revision and implementation of the EU Air Policy will be undertaken in WP5, WP6 will nonetheless be responsible of the overall communication and outreach strategy of the project. A multilingual approach will be used in order to effectively reach the stakeholders and the general public from the different countries.

WP6 Deliverable