Habitable Air

HABITABLE AIR

“Habitable Air” is a project that addresses the under-analyzed relationship between three urgent issues: (1) the rapid growth of urban inequality; (2) the amplification of political divisions in major democracies; and (3) the increasing impact of pollution and global warming.

Urban Inequality

Within a city or town, variations in access to services and/or health outcomes.

Pollution

Social disparity causes pollution, which itself has a negative impact on equality.

URBAN INEQUALITY IN THE TIME OF CLIMATE CHANGE

RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

The project uses qualitative methods – including ethnographic participant observation and the analysis of historical archival documents – at a scale that only quantitative studies of climate change have yet achieved by working within a clear network of scientists, policymakers, workers, and residents in transnational sites.

 

Through major publications, teaching and training, a documentary film, policy briefs, media outreach, public workshops, and an international symposium, the project will produce actionable knowledge to build cooperation between the public, governments, and marginalised communities.

FEATURES

"Solstalgia" by Courtney Desiree Morris

Solastalgia explores southwest Louisiana’s petroleum industry impact, specifically the material, ecological, and social harm. Coined by Glenn Albrecht, ‘solastalgia’ refers to the distress from losing home due to uncontrollable forces. In Mossville, Louisiana. Sasol North America’s 2011 entry led to community displacement, marking the end of Mossville. This project chronicles the decline of Courtney’s mother’s hometown and themes of origins, religion, domesticity, mortality, and emotional ties to altered landscapes.

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