The Social Distribution of Environmental Quality, Pollution and Health Outcomes

This research project is one of several programmes funded by the Environmental Protection Agency. The purpose of this research is to better understand socio-economic inequalities in exposure to pollution and to examine the socio-economic determinants of home heating fuel choices, one of the major contributors to air pollution at local level in Ireland. For the first part of the project using Census of Population data we will explore the relationship between the concentration of air pollutants and deprived geographic areas. The second part of the project using The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing data (TILDA) will focus on an important contributor to local-level pollution such as home heating fuel. We will examine the socio-economic factors influencing home heating choices with a specific focus on home heating fuel and associated health outcomes.