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Climate 2017, 5(3), 62; doi:10.3390/cli5030062

Collaborative Health Impact Assessment and Policy Development to Improve Air Quality in West Yorkshire—A Case Study and Critical Reflection

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Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Leeds LS1 3EX, UK
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City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council, Bradford BD1 1HX, UK
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Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and Public Health England, Yorkshire and the Humber, Leeds LS1 4PL, UK
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Wakefield Council, Wakefield WF1 2EB, UK
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Leeds City Council, Leeds LS1 1UR, UK
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Public Health England Yorkshire and the Humber, Leeds LS1 4PL, UK
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Academic Editors: Sotiris Vardoulakis, Jennifer Salmond and Clive Sabel
Received: 26 June 2017 / Revised: 1 August 2017 / Accepted: 2 August 2017 / Published: 10 August 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Urban Climate, Air Pollution, and Public Health)
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Abstract

Air pollution is increasingly recognised as a significant problem for cities, with wide ranging impacts on health and quality of life. Combined knowledge of the legal context and health impacts led to air pollution becoming a priority in West Yorkshire. A health impact assessment methodology was used to explore the impacts of low emissions zones, demonstrating significant gains from the implementation of such a measure. This fed in to the collaborative development of the West Yorkshire Low Emissions Strategy (WYLES), resulting in policy changes and an incorporation of health and wellbeing concerns into transport and infrastructure planning, amongst other successes. This case study describes the collaborative approach taken to tackle air pollution locally and summarises key outputs and outcomes of work to date, before providing a critical reflection on what can be learnt from the West Yorkshire experience. This paper will thus interest advocates and stakeholders who are facing similar challenges. Key lessons revolve around broad stakeholder engagement and developing shared ambition. We finally discuss air pollution as a wicked problem, applying the lens of transitions management, a multidisciplinary systems change theory and discuss the local experience in relation to the literature on collaborative public management. View Full-Text
Keywords: air pollution; transitions management; collaboration air pollution; transitions management; collaboration
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Naik, Y.; Jones, S.; Christmas, H.; Roderick, P.; Cooper, D.; McGready, K.; Gent, M. Collaborative Health Impact Assessment and Policy Development to Improve Air Quality in West Yorkshire—A Case Study and Critical Reflection. Climate 2017, 5, 62.

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