Research and Engaged Scholarship

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The human experience is everything we touch and everything that touches us.

The School of Human Ecology is home to four academic departments, five Centers of Excellence, and one of the largest university-held textile collections in the nation. We have a world-class faculty bound together by a shared commitment to make like better in Wisconsin, around the United States, and across the globe.

We focus on people across the lifespan in relation to ecological settings—natural, social, community, technological, and built environments. As human ecologists we recognize that people are not isolated individuals but are embedded in relationships and roles in larger systems that shape their opportunities and capacities to author their lives. Our goal is to understand and promote the conditions that enable human thriving for children, families, and communities.

Relationships are at the heart of our scholarship and practice. We are committed to multi-disciplinary and community engaged collaborations that honor different perspectives, celebrate the creativity of people in addressing issues that matter to them, and enable them to effect social change.

Outreach Through the UW Cooperative Extension Partnership

SoHE connects to the Cooperative Extension Family Living Programs within the areas of Families and Communities, Food, Nutrition and Health, Family Financial Security, 4-H, and Program Development and Evaluation. SoHE is the only academic unit at UW-Madison to have an Outreach Planning Council, which promotes, supports, and recognizes the engagement activities of faculty, staff, and students by administering Beckner Outreach Grants and presenting Excellence in Outreach Awards that recognize significant engagement efforts of faculty and staff.