The project “Assessment of Environmental Inequalities of Air Pollution of Vulnerable Socioeconomic Groups in the World of Work in Bangkok City, Thailand” is funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), carried out with Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and in partnership with the International Labour Organisation (ILO). The major objective of the project is to contribute to our understanding of the relationship between socioeconomic deprivation and air pollution exposure through the environmental justice index of air quality. This case study project employed an integrated assessment approach to achieve its objective through the study in the five districts in Bangkok: Bang Khun Thein; Thon Buri; Klong Toei; Nong Chok; and Din Deang, where the vulnerable socioeconomic groups are most exposed to unhealthy levels of urban air pollution.
Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) has been collaborating with the Department of Public Works and Town & Country Planning (DPT), the Pollution Control Department, and the Department of Labor Protection & Welfare as study partners for the effective planning and implementation of the project.
The outcomes of the project in the selected area are (i) monitoring ambient air quality for workers’ exposure and hazard index of different impacted people by the application of the GIS technique; (ii) assessing health impacts of air pollution based on personal lived experience and examining impacts on their health and well-being; (III) identifying impact factors influencing well-being and health ranked spatially and temporally; and (IV) policy recommendations for emission mitigation, policies, city planning, and labor protection law.
The project’s final workshop will be conducted within two sessions: 1. Scientific workshop and 2. Policy roundtable. This workshop will be conducted in a hybrid mode (in person plus online) and will be presenting scientific research findings conducted within the project as well as other research experiences of other similar projects, with highly interactive, actively engaging participants in discussions.