Who contributed?

HEI logoHealth Effects Institute: HEI is an independent global health and air research institute, a leader of the air pollution analysis within the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) project, and the producer  and the producer of two recent reports on the global burden of disease, one in China (Burden of Disease Attributable to Coal-Burning and Other Air Pollution Sources in China) and one in India (Burden of Disease Attributable to Major Air Pollution Sources in India). HEI is the primary developer of the State of Global Air report, host and manager for this website, coordinator of input from all other members of the team, and facilitator of contact with media partners.

This project would not have been possible without the major contributions of HEI staff: Katy Walker, Principal Scientist; Hilary Selby Polk, Managing Editor; Annemoon van Erp, Managing Scientist; and Kathryn Liziewski, Research Assistant. We gratefully acknowledge Aaron Cohen, a long-time Principal Scientist at HEI and now also Affiliate Professor of Global Health at IHME, who has played a leading role in the development of the GBD air pollution estimates and both Bob O’Keefe, Vice President, and Dan Greenbaum, President, who have supported this project from the beginning.

IHME logoThe Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation:  IHME is an independent population health research center at UW Medicine, part of the University of Washington, which provides rigorous and comparable measurement of the world's most important health problems and evaluates the strategies used to address them. Among its work, IHME publishes the annual Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors, a systematic, scientific effort to quantify the magnitude of health loss from all major diseases, injuries, and risk factors by age, sex, and population. A key collaborator on the State of Global Air initiative, IHME provides the underlying air pollution and health data and other critical support for this project.

Special thanks go to Kara Estep, Senior Research Manager and Ashley Marks, Project Officer for providing GBD data and graphics and to Dean Owens, Senior Manager for Marketing & Communications for insights on communication and promotion of the work.

UBC logoUniversity of British Columbia: Professor Michael Brauer of the School of Population and Public Health at UBC is a critical external expert advising on this project. Dr. Brauer is a long-time principal collaborator on the air pollution assessment for the GBD project and led the effort to define the project’s global air pollution exposure assessment methodology. 

We are indebted to Zev Ross, Hollie Olmstead, and Chris Marx at ZevRoss Spatial Analytics for their development of the interactive feature of the website.

The State of Global Air website was designed by Glenn Ruga at Glenn Ruga Visual Communications and built by Ezra Klughaupt and Diane Szczesuil at Charles River Web.


The State of Global Air project has been funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Oak Foundation.