D-NOSES is a three-year EU funded research project which aims to provide a solution to the largely neglected issue of odour pollution, changing the traditional top-down approach for a bottom-up one. The lack of regulation from authorities around odour pollution is mainly due to it being difficult to reliably measure and the potential solutions being costly to implement.
Project partners in the UK, Europe and further afield are working with affected communities to co-design citizen science projects to map the odour issues and embrace the ‘power of many’ to reliably monitor odour. In tandem, we are working with odour emitting industries, regulators and researchers to explore possible actions to address odour.
Mapping for Change has started one such pilot in the Royal Docks area of East London. Historically the area has always suffered with odour issues (read an interesting account), and although some of these have been resolved, there are still several sources of odour affecting communities. We are working with the odour emitting industries and services, the local authority and communities to address ongoing and potential odour issues. We are asking residents to help us build a map of any odours in the area by recording their daily observations and experiences of smell. By coming together to create a bigger picture, we can combine this with other information, such as meteorological data, and then work with the industries and services to explore potential action.
If you are a resident or visitor around the Royal Docks, please contribute to this pioneering project! To record your odour observations please visit the map, register and then start adding your experiences. Although designed to be user-friendly, you can view our mapping user-guide for more information.
As part of the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Programme, Mapping for Change were chosen to represent the UK in a learning exchange project with the University of Udine (Italy) and the University of Oulu (Finland).
Mapping for Change in collaboration with the Humanities Education Centre (HEC) and local specialist on learning and ‘place’ Maggie Hewitt, worked with three schools in Tower Hamlets (Columbia School Community Map, Arnhem Wharf School Community Map and John Scurr School Community Map) to pilot a brand new process in which Year 4 pupils develop personalised maps of their local area with their own likes, memories and views on change.
WeGovNow is a three year research and innovation project focusing on civic participation in local government. It aims to change the relationship between citizens and local governments, transforming the citizen’s role from customer into partner. This is to be achieved with the development of a single community engagement platform, where citizens can interact with their governments and participate in local decision-making.