iSCAPE aims to develop and evaluate an integrated strategy for air pollution control in European cities, grounded on evidence-based analysis.
This innovation and research project was started in September 2016 and aims to develop the tools to achieve an air pollution free/low carbon society by addressing air quality and climate change concerns. With a budget of €5.8m, the results of the project will be used to inform policy interventions and implement behavioural change initiatives.
The project is in collaboration with fifteen different associated partners and is funded by the Horizon 2020 programme. The project will run for three years.
We will measure and evaluate the results of the research which will be held in ‘Living Labs’ and Future Cities Catapult’s role is the set-up and management of the six Living Labs based in six European cities.
Living Labs are user-centred ecosystems where research and innovation processes are integrated within a public-private partnership. The Living Labs will be used to foster innovation and showcase the products made by SMEs and iSCAPE’s academic partners, such as low-cost, high-quality air quality monitoring kits. iSCAPE Living Labs have three key principles:
- A human centred approach
- Collaboration with others
- Conducting experiments in a real life setting
The project will also support sustainable urban development by promoting the sharing of results with policymakers and planners using local test-cases. Finally the integrated approach will include the development and assessment of a framework aimed at changing the mobility behaviour of people. This will be done by studying processes and dynamics that lead to more resilient, healthy, and sustainable cities and by bringing together theory from urban planning, public policy, urban and environmental sociology and urban geography.
For more information about the project, visit www.iscapeproject.eu