The AirKit project, which is funded through an ERC Proof of Concept (PoC) grant, builds on Citizen Sense research to investigate the role of low-cost and digital monitoring technologies in facilitating and organising new types of environmental engagement. AirKit will test and develop a comprehensive citizen-sensing toolkit for participants to undertake air quality monitoring in order to realize the social and environmental potential of these technologies.

This project will help to establish the viability of the AirKit, to refine and address technical issues, and to consolidate the overall direction of the AirKit. Through testing new strategies of citizen-led monitoring and data analysis that join up hardware and software developments, we will engage in an inventive approach to creating social technologies that emphasize the more-than-technical aspects of community monitoring infrastructures and practices.

Details of the ERC Proof of Concept grant can be accessed at:

AirKit PoC

Social Technologies

The AirKit project will identify and develop opportunities for realizing social and technical potential in the area of citizen-led air quality monitoring. While many air quality monitoring projects focus on technical innovation, the Citizen Sense research team will develop a toolkit that investigates and facilitates social and technical inventiveness by focusing on citizens’ use of data, connecting to ongoing environmental projects, and collaborating with communities to mobilize data for specific campaigns.

The project will focus on realizing the social and technical benefits of the AirKit in order to establish the overall direction of the toolkit, and to investigate future opportunities from the development and use of the AirKit prototype that will encompass sensors, campaigns, data analysis, data stories, and policy proposals.

Dustbox monitoring in Deptford, London