Call for Papers in Society & Natural Resources Special Issue:
Human Dimensions of Air Quality
Poor ambient air quality affects 92 percent of the global population and is responsible for one out of every nine deaths on the planet (WHO 2020), posing one of today’s greatest environmental risks to global human health and wellbeing (Bazyar et al. 2019; Ebenstein et al. 2017).
Anthropogenic air pollution from mobile, area, and point source emissions, along with prescribed and wildland fire smoke and dust transport from land use and land cover change, degrades air quality in remote wilderness (Zajchowski, DeSocio and Lackey 2019) and urban settings (Zhu et al. 2019). Resultant cascading ecological health impacts from local, regional, and transboundary emissions are well documented (c.f. Rosseland 2020), as are human health impacts (c.f. Butt et al. 2020). However, comparatively less scholarship has focused on the human dimensions of air quality or the myriad ways in which individuals, groups, and societies experience, interact with and make decisions about collective air resources (Cupples 2007, 2009; Lu 2020; Mostafanezhad and Evrard 2020).
This special issue focuses on interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research involving social science that integrates and expands current understandings of the complex affective, cognitive, and behavioral relationships humans have with air quality. Within protected area contexts, the management of air resources continues to evolve due to shifting policy mandates, social, cultural, and economic practices (Clifford 2020; Parsons and Daniel 1988; Zajchowski, Lackey and McNay 2019). This is despite the value visitors place on clean air and scenic views (Kulesza et al. 2013) and the impacts of degraded air quality in protected area contexts (Keiser, Lade and Rudick, 2018). In urban, exurban, and rural settings, emerging work on the “political-economic geography of air” (Choy 2012 p. 27) examines how air quality is differently understood, experienced and governed (Adey 2014; Bickerstaff 2004; Cupples 2007; DuPuis 2004; Ramirez et al. 2017). Human geographer, Julie Cupples (2009: 208) demonstrates how air pollution is as much a cultural issue “as it is a question of the amount of harmful particulate matter in the environment.” Thus, across settings, knowledge of the underlying social, cultural, and psychological drivers and barriers to individuals’ decisions to promote and access good air quality remains deserving of further inquiry and synthesis.
Social scientists continue to raise new questions about how differential access to air resources shape social relations, especially across demographics, such as race, religion and gender (Collins and Grinski 2019) and socio-economic status (Choy 2012; Wong et al, 2008). Political ecologists examine the materiality of air pollution and its unequal distribution across several spatial scales and temporalities (Graham 2015; Mostafanezhad 2020). Political and behavioral economists outline the willingness-to-pay for air resources (Boyle et al. 2016) and the purchase and use behavior across commodities (Bayer, Keohane and Timmins 2009; Boso, Oltra and Hofflinger 2020; Guo et al. 2020; Li and Kamargianni 2017). Geographers have addressed the role of diverse air quality measurements, standards and techniques in reinforcing and/or challenging socio-economic inequality (Graham, 2015). Additionally, norms (Zajchowski et al. 2019), risk perceptions (Mao et al. 2020), risk communication (Koenigstorfer 2018), values (Dunlap et al. 2000), and decision-making automaticity (Verplanken and Wood 2006) are useful lenses from social and cognitive psychology through which to approach questions surrounding human production, consumption, and governance of air resources. Such scholarship raises new questions regarding how the revaluing of air quality as a resource triggers new socio-ecological relations.
For this special issue, Human Dimensions of Air Quality, we invite submissions that advance understandings and offer explanatory potential for how individuals, groups, and societies create, interact with, and respond to varying levels of air quality. We also seek papers that critically address how and with what socio-ecological implications air quality comes to be understood as a resource to be protected. Social science contributions from diverse disciplines that provide conceptual, empirical, mixed methods and applied research related to the theme will be considered. Potential submission topics include but are not limited to:
Prospective authors are encouraged to contact the guest editors regarding topics of interest or with questions regarding the special issue. Abstract submission of 150 words should be e-mailed as MS word attachment file by June 1, 2021, to [email protected], [email protected], and [email protected]. Guest editors will invite selected authors by July 1, 2021.
Adey, P. 2004. Air: Nature and Culture. London: Reaktion Books.
Bayer, P., N., Keohane., and C. Timmins. 2009. Migration and hedonic valuation: The case of air quality. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 58: 1-14. doi: 10.1016/j.jeem.2008.08.004.
Bazyar, J., Pourvakhshoori, N., Khankeh, H., Farrokhi, M., Delshad, V., and Rajabi, E. 2019. A comprehensive evaluation of the association between ambient air pollution and adverse health outcomes of major organ systems: A systematic review with a worldwide approach. Environmental Science and Pollution Research 26 (13): 12648-12661. doi: 10.1007/s11356-019-04874-z.
Bickerstaff, K. 2004. Risk perception research: socio-cultural perspectives on the public experience of air pollution. Environment International 30 (6): 827-840.
Boso, À., C. Oltra, and Á. Hofflinger. 2019. Participation in a Programme for Assisted Replacement of Wood-Burning Stoves in Chile: The Role of Sociodemographic Factors, Evaluation of Air Quality and Risk Perception. Energy Policy 129: 1220–1226. doi: 10.1016/j.enpol.2019.03.038
Butt, E.W., Turnock, S.T., Rigby, R., Reddington, C.L., Yoshioka, M., Johnson, J.S., Regayre,
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Collins, T.W. and Grineski, S,E. 2019. Environmental Injustice and religion: Outdoor air pollution disparities in metropolitan Salt Lake City, Utah. Annals of the American Association of Geographers 109 (5): 1597-1617.
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Graham, S., 2015. Life support: The political ecology of urban air. City 19 (2-3): 192-215.
Guo, J., X. Zhang, F. Gu, H. Zhang, and Y. Fan. 2020. Does Air Pollution Stimulate Electric Vehicle Sales? Empirical Evidence from Twenty Major Cities in China. Journal of Cleaner Production 249: 119372. doi: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.119372
Keiser, D., Lade, G. and Rudik, I. 2018. Air Pollution and Visitation at U.S. National Parks. Science Advances 4 (7):1–6. doi:10.1126/sciadv.aat1613.
Koenigstorfer, J. 2018. Active Transportation Decision-Making against the Background of Air Quality Information Provision: Walking Route Preferences of German Residents. Urban Science 2(1): 19. doi: 10.3390/urbansci2010019
Kulesza, C., Le, Y., Littlejohn, M. and Hollenhorst, S. J. 2013. National Park Service visitor values and perceptions of clean air, scenic view and dark night skies. Natural resource report. Moscow, ID: Park Sciences Unit.
Li, W. and M. Kamargianni. 2017. Air Pollution and Seasonality Effects on Mode Choice in China. Journal of the Transportation Research Board 2634(1): 101-109. doi: 10.3141/2634-15
Lu, J.G. 2020. Air pollution: A Systematic Review of its Psychological, Economic, and Social Effects. Current Opinion in Psychology 32: 52-65.
Mao, B., Ao, C., Cheng, Y., Jiang, N., and Xu, L. 2020. Exploring the Role of Public Risk Perceptions on Preferences for Air Quality Improvement Policies: An Integrated Choice and Latent Variable Approach. Journal of Cleaner Production 269: 122379. doi: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2020.122379
Mostafanezhad, M. 2020. The materiality of air pollution: Urban political ecologies of tourism in Thailand. Tourism Geographies: 1-18. Online First.
Mostafanezhad, M. and Evrard, O. 2021. Chronopolitics of crisis: A historical political ecology of seasonal air pollution in northern Thailand. Geoforum. Online First.
Parsons, R. and Daniel, T.C. 1988. Assessing visibility impairment in class I parks and wilderness areas: A comparison of policy-relevant methods. Society & Natural Resources 1:1: 227-240. DOI: 10.1080/08941928809380655
Ramírez, O., Mura, I. and Franco, J.F., 2017. How do people understand urban air pollution? Exploring citizens’ perception on air quality, its causes and impacts in Colombian cities. Open Journal of Air Pollution 6 (1): 1-17.
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Wong, C.M., Ou, C.Q., Chan, K.P., Chau, Y.K., Thach, T.Q., Yang, L., Chung, R.Y.N., Thomas, G.N., Peiris, J.S.M., Wong, T.W. and Hedley, A.J., 2008. The effects of air pollution on mortality in socially deprived urban areas in Hong Kong, China. Environmental Health Perspectives, 116 (9): 1189-1194.
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Zajchowski, C.A.B., Brownlee, M.T.J., Blacketer, M.J., Rose, J., Rumore, D.L., Watson, J.M. and Dustin, D.L. 2019. “Can you take me higher?”: Normative thresholds for air quality in the Salt Lake City Metropolitan Area. Journal of Leisure Research 50 (2): 157-180. https://doi.org/10.1080/00222216.2018.1560238
Zajchowski, C.A.B., DeSocio, A. and Lackey, N.Q. 2019. Second class wilderness: Separate but unequal air resources in American wilderness. International Journal of Wilderness 25 (3): 24-35. https://ijw.org/second-class-wilderness/
Zajchowski, C.A.B., Lackey, N.Q. and McNay, G.D. 2019. “Now is not the time to take a breather”: U.S. public land manager perceptions at the 40th anniversary of the 1977 Clean Air Act Amendments. Society & Natural Resources, 32 (9): 1003-1020. https://doi.org/10.1080/08941920.2019.1605436
Zhu, L., Hao, Y., Zhi-Nan, L., Wu, H. and Ran, Q. 2019. Do economic activities cause air pollution? Evidence from China’s major cities. Sustainable Cities and Society 49: 101593. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scs.2019.101593