Air Pollution in Everyday Life: toward Design of Persuasive Urban Air Quality Services

Jan Blom
Nokia Research Center – Lausanne; ¤ EPFL, Switzerland

Rikka Hänninen
EPFL, Switzerland

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Ingår i: Persuasive Technology: Design for Health and Safety; The 7th International Conference on Persuasive Technology; PERSUASIVE 2012; Linköping; Sweden; June 6-8; Adjunct Proceedings

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 68:2, s. 5-8

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Publicerad: 2012-06-06


ISSN: 1650-3686 (tryckt), 1650-3740 (online)


To study the effects of air pollution on everyday life; a qualitative study was conducted assessing urban Finnish families’ experiences regarding air quality variation. This paper sums the findings of the study. Opportunities are identified for the design of persuasive mobile services aiming to tackle the negative psychological and physiological effects of urban air pollution.


Urban air quality services; persuasive technology; mobile health. 


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