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. Strickfaden

    Design Innovator Receives Premier's Award

    Human Ecology professor Megan Strickfaden celebrated for improving lives of people with disabilities

  2. Danielle Peel


    Human Ecology exhibit explores the impact of eyeglasses with array of rare and unusual spectacles

  3. Alberta’s minimum wage hike: too much, too fast or necessary and urgent?

    UAlberta economist and social policy expert split on likely effects and timing of steep wage increase.

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In the News

  1. Minimum wage in Alberta

    “Poverty is not reserved for the unemployed. In Canada, the majority of people living in poverty are also workers.”

  2. Housing first program making significant impact on homeless youth

    “The basic principle is to be non-judgmental towards people who need housing, recognizing that housing is the basic right, and not requiring people to work first on their addiction or other issues. Just providing them with safe, supportive housing first,” says Pushpanjali Dashora.

  3. Your cheap t-shirts are killing us

    Sustainable fashion is the only answer.

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2015-2016 Annual Report

You can read the department's annual report for the 2015-2016 year here.

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

Human Ecology Students' Association

You can read HESA's annual report for the 2015-2016 year here.

Families & Everyday Life Research Project

Families & Everyday Life Research Project