The AIR Network project team consisted of community representatives, practitioners and researchers from Kenya, Sweden and the UK. It includes (listed alphabetically):

Cressida Bowyer (University of Portsmouth) – Senior Research Fellow in the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries. A scientist by training, having previously worked in the music business, now working across disciplines and using creative methodologies to develop health and well-being innovations.

Steve Cinderby (University of York) – Geographer, workshop facilitator for the AIR Network.

Cindy Gray (University of Glasgow) – senior lecturer in behaviour change and global health with expertise in intervention development and evaluation.

Matthew Hahn (Freelance) – senior lecturer for applied theatre, specialises in forum theatre and theatre for advocacy. Matthew Hahn is a playwright, theatre director and theatre for development facilitator specialising in creating theatre for social change.  He has produced work in the United Kingdom, the United States, Italy, Ethiopia, Malawi, Ghana, and South Africa.  As a theatre for development practitioner, he facilitates interactive and participatory theatre projects focusing on advocacy, behaviour change and conflict resolution.  His play, The Robben Island Shakespeare, has been performed in the United Kingdom, United States and South Africa. He also facilitates ‘Ethical Leadership’ Workshops based on his interviews with former South African political prisoners and selections from ‘The Complete Works of William Shakespeare.’

Fiona Lambe (Stockholm Environment Institute, Stockholm) – expert in behaviour and choice theories

Miranda Loh (Institute of Occupational Medicine) – environmental health scientist working on understanding personal exposures to pollutants and exposure determinants

Jack Makau (Muungano wa Wanavijiji (Kenyan Federation of Slum Dwellers) – executive director of Muungano, also working with Grace Githiri and Patrick Njoroge

Alexander Medcalf (University of York) – historian of visual culture related to health, with a particular interest in photographic representation of diseases

Cassilde Muhoza (Stockholm Environment Institute, Africa) – environmental researcher with a focus on air pollution impacts on informal settlement residents

Kanyiva Muindi (African Population Health Research Centre)  epidemiologist with an interest in perceptions of people towards air pollution and associated health risks

Timothy Njoora (Kenyatta University) – senior lecturer in music education and composition with an interest in empowering Nairobi’s informal settlement communities through musical approaches

Heather Price (University of Stirling) – environmental pollution and health researcher

Charlotte Waelde (University of Coventry) – professor of international property law, with interest in legal frameworks around intangible cultural heritage

Megan Wainwright (University of Durham) – freelance qualitative research specialist and Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at Durham University. Her PhD and Postdoctoral work explored the (post)phenomenology and political economy of chronic lung disease and oxygen-dependency in South Africa and Uruguay.

Anna Walnycki (International Institute for Environment and Development) – anthropologist interested in grassroots data collection and how communities in informal settlements can improve their access to services.

Jana Wendler (Freelancer) – geographer and game designer with expertise in playful learning and game-based public engagement. Director of Playfuel Games CIC.

Sarah West (Stockholm Environment Institute York, University of York – project leader) – practitioner and researcher of citizen science

Mike Wilson (University of Loughborough) – professor of drama with expertise in popular and vernacular performance and storytelling


We are also delighted to have an Advisory Panel for the project, consisting of the following people (listed alphabetically):

Patrick Büker (GIZ, Germany, formerly Stockholm Environment Institute York, University of York) – geographer and air pollution researcher, formerly the project leader

Anoop Chauhan (Portsmouth Hospital, NHS) – Medical Professor, expertise on effects of air pollution on health 

Joan Farrer (University of Portsmouth) – Professor of Design and Innovation, expertise in building teams across disciplines

Chris Malley (SEI York) – Researcher with expertise in air pollution, atmospheric chemistry and statistics

Kevin Mortimer (Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM)) – Reader with expertise in respiratory medicine, link to BREATHE Partnership (

Matthew Osborne (SEI Stockholm) – Experimental social scientist working on behaviour change relating to advanced cookstoves adoption in Kenya and Zambia

Rose Rao (SEI Africa) – Medical doctor and Nairobi City County health expert

Abdhalah Ziraba (APHRC, Nairobi) – Medical doctor with epidemiological expertise