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. Carley-Jane Stanton

    ALES student among three Rhodes Scholars-elect from the U of A

    Student will begin prestigious two-year scholarship at Oxford next September

  2. Matt Johnson

    Fair division of chores leads to better sex life

    New study provides insight for couples to maintain sexual intimacy while balancing demands of daily life

  3. Pushpanjali Dashora

    Homeless in Fort McMurray grappling with atypical barriers

    Almost half of the homeless have some income but can’t secure housing for a variety of reasons

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In the News

  1. Fair division of household chores can help your sex life according to U of A study

    CBC - Human Ecology researcher Matt Johnson has published a new study that shows that men who offer fair contribution to household chores enjoy more frequent and better sex, both for themselves and in improving the sex life of his female partner. Covered by many media outlets including CTV, Global, the BBC, the Independent, Huffington Post, Science Newsline and more.

  2. Clothing and Textiles Collection & Stitched Narratives Segment on Shaw TV

  3. Desperately seeking fashion-forward choices for bigger guys

    Edmonton Journal - In a story on the lack of fashion choices for larger men, University of Alberta human ecology lecturer Lori Moran says this may reflect the underlying attitude in the fashion industry that men don’t care about clothes as much as women do.

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Human Ecology International Engagement Grant

  • Award Information 
  • For Human Ecology undergraduate and graduate students
  • Small grants (between $500 and $1,000) to facilitate student engagement

Applications are accepted throughout the year and must be e-mailed to Lori Moran.

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.

Professional Association

Alberta Human Ecology & Home Economics Association

Families & Everyday Life Research Project

Families & Everyday Life Research Project


  1. HECOL 301 Open House

    December 01 2015

  2. Lunchtime Research Seminar

    December 01 2015

  3. 2016 Empey Lecture

    March 16 2016

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