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On 3rd March 2020 Maria posted in Projects

Fishing where the fish are…

For the past year and a half, we have been researching, designing and testing different ways to engage more people than the ‘usual suspects’ in civic actions, within the framework of COMENSI (Erasmus+ project).

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On 14th February 2020 Hannah posted in News, Projects

Seeking out noses in the Royal Docks

Mapping for Change is looking for residents or visitors around the Royal Docks, London to participate in a pioneering project about odour pollution in the area. Odour issues are often neglected, despite being the second cause of environmental complaints after noise. Nevertheless, citizens do not necessarily have the means to effectively tackle such issues, as policy regulations can be inefficient.

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On Maria posted in Projects

D-Noses London Pilot – Mapping Odour in The Royal Docks

Project partners in the UK, Europe and further afield are working with affected communities to co-design citizen science projects to map the odour issues and embrace the ‘power of many’ to reliably monitor odour. In tandem, we are working with odour emitting industries, regulators and researchers to explore possible actions to address odour.

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On 18th December 2019 Perrine Machuel posted in Events, News

Citizen Engagement Festival

In comparing public and ‘elite’ attitudes to the EU, Chatham House – a British International Affairs Think Thank – reveals that, in 2017, only 9% of members of the public agree that politicians care what ‘people like them’ think. Alessandro Bellantoni, Deputy Head at the OECD, cites this report to illustrate the crisis of European Democracy during the 2nd Festival of Citizen Engagement, held in Brussels in December.

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On 21st November 2019 Louise posted in Uncategorised

Engaging young people in civic action

This October some of our team travelled to Palermo, Sicily, to share different methods and approaches to engage hard-to-reach young people as part of our EU Erasmus+ funded CivAct project. Young people from disadvantaged areas can feel powerless and therefore disinterested in taking action to improve or change their local surroundings.

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On 18th November 2019 Hannah posted in News, Projects, Uncategorised

Odour pollution in Uganda

Many towns and cities across the world are blighted by odour emitting activities which affect people’s quality of life. However, in Kampala, one source of odour is the illegal burning of waste which has real and direct impacts on people’s physical health.

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On 20th September 2019 Hannah posted in News, Projects, Uncategorised

Planting Healthy Air

Mapping for Change has teamed up with the environmental charity Trees for Cities and Lancaster University to launch an innovative new programme called “Planting Healthy Air in Schools” to help improve the air quality and outdoor experience of children and teachers in some of London’s most polluted schools.

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On 29th July 2019 Hannah posted in Projects

Learning from Young People in Islington

Back in September 2018, Mapping for Change embarked on a new project – Urbex – using urban exploration as a way of engaging disadvantaged young people. This week we will be hosting the final meeting of partners in London to bring the project to a close and discuss our experiences.

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On 19th July 2019 Louise posted in Featured, News, Projects, Uncategorised

Science for My Health

Air pollution in Kampala is deteriorating at a concerning rate causing serious threat to the health of the population across the City. Children, older people and those with existing heart and lung conditions are among the most vulnerable and many of them are exposed to poor air quality during their daily commute to work and school. This is compounded by the fact that many schools are located near high traffic areas.

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On 16th July 2019 Hannah posted in Uncategorised

Community Engagement for Social Inclusion

Social division is, undoubtedly, a growing issue faced by populations at the local, national and international scales. That said, one should not feel completely hopeless. For instance, in the face of Brexit, UK’s government published a strategy for ‘Integrated Communities’ to ensure that the country remains a place where ‘people live, work, learn and socialize together, […] whatever their backgrounds’. 

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