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. Anne Bissonnette

    Fashion detective work sheds new light on history

    Researcher finds flaw in widely cited social effects of French Revolution

  2. Catherine Auger

    Reasons why we get attached to objects not always predictable

    Material culture research turns up an array of surprising findings

  3. Anne Bissonnette

    Stitched Narratives exhibit provides historical insight into roles of women

    Exhibit explains cultural, social and historical record through stitches in garments from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries

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In the News

  1. Roger Smith Undergraduate Research Award

    Applications for the 2015 Roger Smith Undergraduate Research Award are now being accepted.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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Undergraduate Research - Roger S. Smith Award Information 

Applications are due on April 15, 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.


  1. Convocation

    June 02 2015

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