About the project
Airborne studied human dimensions of air pollution in China in a historical perspective.
Airborne started 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 explored how political authorities, industry, scientists, population and media interaedct in responding to the inseparable risks of air pollution in China and global climate change.
Airborne was organized in three interdisciplinary cases where sub-studies were carried out in smaller research teams with scholars from the disciplines of anthropology, political science, chemistry, media science, and sinology.
The Interface between Air Pollution Science and People
This case explored Chinese medie discourses and education of air pollution in a historical perspective.
China's Air Pollution Control Policy Goes Local
This case investigated how China’s newly launched and highly prioritised 'PM2.5 air pollution prevention' policy was implemented locally.
The Class and Gender of Individual Air Pollution Exposure
This case explored if and how gender and social class determine critical differences in levels of exposure to air pollutants, and in people’s ways of making sense of and reacting to pollution.
The project has conducted a historically grounded and future-oriented study into how popular experiences and scientifically produced knowledge of air pollution and climate change lead to new and creative mitigation policies and expectations of sustainable lifestyles in China.
Airborne had funding from:
- The Research Council of Norway (FRIPRO) for 4 years (from March 2015).
- Centre for Advanced Study (Senter for grunnforskning) for 11 months (August 2016 - July 2017).
- The Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Studies, University of Oslo.
- The research program UiO: Energy, University of Oslo.
- Zhejiang University
From March 1st 2015 to February 28th 2019.
The project's main partner institution in China was the Institute of Anthropology at Zhejiang University.
Phd and postdoc projects
- Yongdong Shen:Local Government-Society Interactions in Air Quality Protection Politics in China
- Erling H. Agøy: Historical Climate Change in the Jiāngnán Region in the Late Míng and Early Qīng Periods
- Edwin A. Schmitt: Catalysis of a Social Disaster: An Institutional History of the Energy Sector in China
- Hedda Flatø: Polluted Perspectives: Environmental Troubles and Popular Opinion in China
- Hans Henrik Moe: Breathing in the Anthropocene: Air Pollution, Teleological Thinking and Parallel Narratives
Airborne in the media
- Khrono, July 17th 2018
- UNIFORUM, May 5th 2018
- UNIFORUM, April 6th 2018
- Studio 2, September 27th 2017
- Morgenbladet, September 20th 2017
- Ekko, June 8th 2017
- forskning.no, June 4th 2017
- Vårt Land, January 4th 2017
- Energi og Klima, June 15th 2016
- APOLLON, April 2016
- KLIMA (CICERO), March 1st 2016
- Dagsavisen, February 26th 2016
- UiO, June 26th 2015
- Ny Tid, March 25th 2015
- Dagens Næringsliv, March 4th 2015