Period: 2014 – 2019
Leading Integrated Research for Agenda 2030 in Africa (LIRA 2030) was a 5-year programme of the International Science Council, implemented in partnership with the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC) that aims at solutions-oriented research on complex sustainability challenges in Africa by early career scientists.
Under this programme, CIRCODU collaborated with Makerere University and University of Dar es Salaam to implement a research project on Reducing human exposure to combustion-derived pollutants in urban areas of the Lake Victoria watershed.
The project aimed to improve on indoor air quality in selected urban communities of Kampala (Uganda) and Mwanza (Tanzania), through the adoption of better energy technologies.
The activities involved emissions measurements and technology usage monitoring in households using traditional cookstoves and Kerosene lamps for lighting. The air quality parameters measured include thermal (cooking and lighting) energy technology usage, carbon monoxide and particulate matter (PM2.5) using data loggers and gravimetry. This study emphasized a transdisciplinary (TD) approach, involving stakeholder engagement in study design and implementation. The study is a multiphase study that is expected to be completed in 2019.