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. 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

  2. ARW 2014

    Opening up a world of possibilities

    More than 40 ALES students seize opportunity to connect classroom learning with the world around them during ALES Alternative Reading Week experiences in Cuba, India and Edmonton's inner-city

  3. Janet Fast

    Human Ecology expertise behind new law to help caregivers

    Research conducted by Janet Fast and the Research on Aging, Policies and Practice team helps make Alberta Compassionate Care Leave Act a reality

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In the News

  1. Be nice to your parents!

    Love life got you down? It might be time to take a look back on your teenage years. A new study says your relationship with your parents during adolescence has a profound effect on your romantic relationships later in life. Article quotes University of Alberta associate professor and study author Matt Johnson.

  2. New Vision of Venus Takes Shape at UAlberta

    Scholarship meets style in exhibit that offers fresh perspective on the art and fashion of a mythical icon. Gowns created by two world-class designers, including University of Alberta alumnus Michael Kaye, are bringing a new perspective to Venus, the Roman goddess of love and beauty, and at the same time dressing up collaborative U of A research.

  3. Telling Tales Through Textiles

    From pairs of holey longjohns to magnificent robes of Chinese emperors, the University of Alberta’s department of Human Ecology is home to the largest collection of clothing and textiles on a Canadian campus.

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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.