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2016 - 2018

Efforts to clean air and improve health by modifying brick manufacturing in Bangladesh

Researchers

Senior Fellow
  • Professor, Medicine (CHP/PCOR)
Senior Fellow
Alexander Yu
Alexander Yu
Debashish Biswas

Bricks, an essential building material in Bangladesh, are overwhelmingly manufactured in small kilns that produce low-priced bricks but generate substantial air pollution, which adversely affects community health. Our earlier work characterized the incentives of stakeholders in the current system. Our current project will collect objective information on brick kilns operating across Bangladesh using remote satellite sensing and disseminate this information by establishing a publicly available user-friendly website. We aim to catalyze a discussion among brick kiln owners, government regulators, researchers and civil society to motivate brick kiln owners and regulators to work towards a system of brick manufacturing that generates less environmental and human health harm.