Contributors and funding


The Health Effects Institute (HEI) HEI is an independent global health and air research institute. It is the primary developer of the State of Global Air report and hosts and manages this website. It also coordinates input from all other members of the team, and facilitates contact with media partners. Key HEI contributors include: Katy Walker, Principal Scientist; Hilary Selby Polk, Managing Editor; Annemoon van Erp, Managing Scientist; Pallavi Pant, Staff Scientist; Kethural Manokaran and Kathryn Liziewski, Research Assistants; Aaron Cohen, Consulting Scientist at HEI and Affiliate Professor of Global Health at IHME; Bob O’Keefe, Vice President; and Dan Greenbaum, President.


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The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME): IHME is an independent population health research center at the University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle. IHME provides the underlying air pollution and health data and other critical support for this project. Key IHME contributors include Jeffrey Stanaway, faculty; Ashley Marks, project officer; Kate Causey, post-bachelor fellow; William Godwin, post-bachelor fellow; and Dean Owen, senior manager for marketing and communications.


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University of British Columbia (UBC)Professor Michael Brauer of the School of Population and Public Health at UBC serves as an expert adviser on this project. Dr. Brauer is a long-time principal collaborator on the air pollution assessment for the Global Burden of Disease project and led the effort to define the project’s global air pollution exposure assessment methodology.


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University of Texas at Austin: Professor Joshua Apte of the Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin conducts research on the assessment of air pollution exposures. Using data and methods from the Global Burden of Disease project, Dr. Apte estimated the global impacts of air pollution on life expectancy. These estimates have been incorporated in the State of Global Air this year.


Other Contributors: Zev Ross, Hollie Olmstead, and Chris Marx at ZevRoss Spatial Analytics provided data visualization support and developed the interactive feature of the site. Glenn Ruga at Glenn Ruga Visual Communications designed the website; Ezra Klughaupt and Diane Szczesuil at Charles River Web developed the website; and Anne Frances Johnson of Creative Science Writing provided additional writing support for the report and website.



The State of Global Air project is funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.