Recent Advances in Smellscape Research for the Built Environment

Jieling Xiao*, Francesco Aletta, Antonella Radicchi, Kate McLean, Larry E. Shiner, Caro Verbeek

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The interrelationships between humans, smells and the built environment have been the focus of increasing numbers of research studies in the past ten years. This paper reviews these trends and identifies the challenges in smellscape research from three aspects: methodological approaches, artistic design interventions and museum practices, and odour policy making. In response to the gaps and challenges identified, three areas of future research have also been identified for this field: smell archives and databases, social justice within odour control and management, and research into advanced building materials.

Original languageEnglish
Article number700514
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
Issue numberJuly
Early online date19 Jul 2021
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported via the CNM funding scheme at Birmingham City University.

Publisher Copyright:
© Copyright © 2021 Xiao, Aletta, Radicchi, McLean, Shiner and Verbeek.

Copyright 2021 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.


  • art and design
  • built environment
  • citizen science
  • museum
  • odour policy making
  • olfaction
  • smellscape
  • technology


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