Creating healthy human environments for everyday living.

Human Ecology is an interdisciplinary applied field that uses a holistic systems approach to examine the many contexts of people’s lives. In particular, we focus on the dynamic relationships people have with their near environments: clothing, family, home and community. Our mission is to create healthy human environments that enhance the quality of daily life. >>more


  1. Karen Fraser

    ALES grad leaves legacy of her own

    Daughter of Human Ecology alumna graduates with handful of faculty accolades

  2. Stan Blade

    Faculty of ALES names new dean

    Stanford Blade, CEO of Alberta Innovates, will succeed John Kennelly

  3. Linda McCargar

    Hope for the next generation

    After more than 20 years of children's and adolescents' nutritional habits getting worse, the trend has started to shift

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In the News

  1. Retirement is Changing

    While retirement used to be associated with a particular age, boomers now are retiring more gradually than at a fixed point in time. Jacquie Eales, a researcher with the Research on Aging, Policies, and Practice (RAPP) program in the Department of Human Ecology, explains more in this summer’s Alberta Health Services apple magazine.

  2. Building respect between generations

    Efforts underway to bring young and old together. Highlights U of A research quashing stereotypes and includes an interview with Jacquie Eales, research manager with Research on Aging, Policies, and Practice in the Department of Human Ecology, Faculty of ALES.

  3. Stormy parent-teen relationship can cause rocky road for adult love life

    If you’re dissatisfied in your romantic relationship or experiencing marital problems, you might find the root of your problem in the relationship you had with your parents as a teen. According to a recently published study out of the University of Alberta. Lead researcher Matt Johnson Assistant Professor, Family Ecology in the department of Human Ecology is interviewed.

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Undergraduate Research - Roger S. Smith Award Information 2014

Families & Everyday Life Research Project

Families needed. We invite diverse families with young children under age 6 to participate. For more information on how to participate read the brochure here.