Comparative research

From doing research in three European cities it became clear that each city (and neighbourhoods or even streets in cities) hosts particular sensory atmospheres and sensory set ups. A comparison allows for differences to become more pronounced but also for understanding similarities from the local to the global level and to reflect on processes of emulation and adaptation. We therefore strongly advocate the benefits of comparative research within sensory research – this comparison does not have to be cross-cultural, but can include different spaces with a city, different historical times or even diverse temporal situations.

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