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. ALES launches centennial celebrations

    Highlights include panel discussion hosted by Kim Campbell, a 20-minute skit of faculty's history and launch of a book chronicling ALES' first 100 years.

  2. Fashion Culture Network Fall Lecture

    Our fall lecture is coming soon so mark your calendars.

  3. Rachel McQueen

    Smelly discovery challenges effectiveness of antimicrobial effectiveness

    Textile scientist finds lab results don't always add up with tests on people

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In the News

  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. New Faculty Positions

    The Department of Human Ecology is pleased to announce that we are advertising for two faculty positions.

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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.