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Airborne: Pollution, Climate Change, and Visions of Sustainability in China

Airborne studies human dimensions of air pollution in China in a historical perspective. How do people’s experiences and fears of air pollution transform into new visions of sustainability and creative forms of action?

Airborne starts from the assumption that people’s experiences and imaginaries of the impact of air pollution are in the process of transforming into entirely new visions of sustainability and creative forms of action in China, the world’s largest energy consuming state. We explore how political authorities, industry, scientists, population and media interact in responding to the inseparable risks of air pollution in China and global climate change.

Airborne is organized in three interdisciplinary cases where sub-studies are carried out in smaller research teams with scholars from the disciplines of anthropology, political science, chemistry, media science, and sinology.