Prof. Moshood Olawale Fadeyi, Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT)

It is common knowledge that very few people are interested in reading scientific research articles. The same is true for niche areas like indoor air quality (IAQ). IAQ research focuses on the types and nature of indoor air pollutants, contributing factors, the degree of human exposure, human perception, responses, and performance, and the mortality and morbidity implications of being exposed to air pollutants in the indoor environment.

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), exposure to unhealthy indoor air quality is one of the top 5 environmental risks to public health. Thus, having knowledge about IAQ scientific research findings is essential for every human.

However, the writing style and scientific jargon make people, especially the non-experts, find it difficult or unattractive to read IAQ research articles. However, exposure to healthy indoor air is a basic human right. Everyone deserves to know about it, not just the experts. Cartoon illustration is widely known as a powerful communication tool for people of all ages. There is also a human story behind every unhealthy indoor air and exposure to it. This understanding motivated the development of the Indoor Air Cartoon Journal.

Indoor Air Cartoon Journal is a public educational resource informed by artistic research, providing indoor air quality (IAQ) educational experience to students, industry, community, and academics, with audiences from over 100 countries.

The artistic research involves the review of scientific literature and other relevant sources to set up critical and reflective thinking that induces learning from the reviewed sources to form educational experience, i.e., technical knowledge and skills and communication skills, for creating creative works (fine arts and creative writings) on IAQ.

The creative works are shared publicly to invoke readers’ critical and reflective thinking to induce learning needed for developing an educational experience that can be used to improve the IAQ industry, education, and healthy living practices. The artistic research question guiding the published creative works is, “how can the development of a cartoon illustration and story writing be used to invoke critical and reflective thinking to induce learning needed for developing an educational experience in indoor air management value delivery?”

Through this journal, Prof. Moshood Olawale Fadeyi demonstrates his capability as a highly knowledgeable and world-class educator and artistic researcher in his area of expertise and to make IAQ education accessible to people worldwide, as expected from educators and artistic researchers at a higher rank in a university.

This journal provides a platform for Prof. Fadeyi to make his scholarship contributions public in appropriate ways to improve healthy living, lifelong learning, and institutional practice in a value-oriented manner. The journal also serves as a platform for the public solo exhibition of his creative works.