About Our Research

Our research centres on the physical and physiological interface between humans and textiles, and the complex issues that arise when textiles are worn against the human body. We seek to advance understanding of how textiles perform when being worn and used by people. As human ecologists, our research is not restricted to the laboratory. It often involves carrying out wear trials in field conditions in order to examine the interactions between human subjects and their clothing in real life conditions. Our current and future research is focused on three main areas related to textiles: (i) odour within textiles; (ii) performance of textiles relating to thermophysiological aspects of clothing comfort and protection; and (iii) sustainability of textiles

Group News

October 2019

  • Our paper "The impact of odour on laundering behaviour: An exploratory study" has been accepted for publication in the International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology & Education. This paper is from a survey that Cassandra Cunningham developed during her Roger S Smith undergraduate scholarship. Exciting!

September 2019

  • Our textile-odour review paper has been accepted by the Textile Research Journal. Look out for it online first soon.
  • Welcome new graduate students: Sabrina Marsha who is beginning her PhD, and René Arredondo, Skylar Brown and Ayesha Jain who are beginning their MSc programs.

August 2019

  • Rachel was interviewed on CBC Radio morning shows (Calgary and Edmonton) late July, and on five  afternoon shows across Canada on August 5th. The topic was on the "no wash" or "washless" clothing trend. This topic relates to odour and sustainability research.

May 2019

  • Congratulations Sara Vaezafshar for successfully defending her MSc thesis on May 6th.
  • Welcome to Marwa Khémir who will be completing a Mitacs Globalink Research Internship for the summer

April 2019

  • Congratulations to Lauren for receiving a CGS-M SSHRC Scholarship!