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. Moni Holowach

    Alternative Reading Week trips sharpen lecture lessons

    ALES students exchanged service for information in India, Cuba and Edmonton's inner-city

  2. Carolyn Ducey

    Empey lecturer shows how quilts reveal historical gaps

    Women`s influence as fundraisers began earlier than originally thought

  3. Betty Donald

    ALES mourns loss of beloved nutrition professor emeritus

    Betty Donald conducted one of the first nutrition surveys in Alberta; established several scholarships

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In the News

  1. Full funding available for new PhD student in Family Ecology

    Dr. Matt Johnson, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Ecology at the University of Alberta, is recruiting a PhD research assistant.

  2. HECOL student a finalist in national design competition

    A student in the Clothing, Textiles, and Material Culture program in the Department of Human Ecology has been selected as a finalist in the national design competition Canada's Breakthrough Designers 2015.

  3. U of A exhibit celebrates Lois Hole

    To mark a decade since Lois Hole's death, an exhibit opens at the University of Alberta in the Human Ecology Gallery.

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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.


  1. Convocation

    June 02 2015

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