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. Betty Donald

    ALES mourns loss of beloved nutrition professor emeritus

    Betty Donald conducted one of the first nutrition surveys in Alberta; established several scholarships

  2. Vlada Blinova

    Faculty hosts annual awards event

    Three Human Ecology staff members recognized for their teaching accomplishments

  3. Fashion Culture Network Winter Lecture

    Our winter lecture is fast approaching, so mark your calendars!

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In the News

  1. 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.

  2. U of A exhibit celebrates Lois Hole

    To mark a decade since Lois Hole's death, an exhibit opens at the University of Alberta in the Human Ecology Gallery.

  3. International Week 2015 photo contest

    What does home look like to you? Is it a particular place? A building? A natural setting? Perhaps it is a group of people? A ritual or practice? What kinds of things help you to feel like you’re “at home” or like you belong? These are the questions behind the 2015 International Week Photo Contest!

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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.