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. Julia Petrov

    Weddings expose our rising devotion to consumption

    New exhibit traces 100-year shift from simple ritual to spectacle

  2. Rachel McQueen

    Passing the smell test

    Textile scientist Rachel McQueen is on a dual mission to get us to wear sustainable fabrics and save the environment

  3. Joohong Min

    New study to focus on impact of family diversity on older adults

    Researcher obtains ALES’ first Kule Institute Research Cluster Grant

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In the News

  1. Janet Fast calls for government support for caregivers

  2. U of A researcher calls for government support for caregivers

    Canadian governments need to step in and provide support to family caregivers who shoulder a disproportionate amount of the cost of caring for people with long-term disabilities, says a new report by a University of Alberta researcher. Janet Fast, an economist and gerontologist who has studied caregiving for about two decades, said the economic implications affect caregivers and their employers.

  3. 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.

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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.

Roger S. Smith Award

2016 Application Form

Oak Project

McQueen Project

Professional Association

Alberta Human Ecology & Home Economics Association

Families & Everyday Life Research Project

Families & Everyday Life Research Project