Research

The world's most complex problems will not be solved in silos.  The Faculty of ALES draws on science, social sciences and business, to tackle some of the world's most important challenges. We are a research intensive faculty, with over $40 Million research funding annually, one of the highest amounts per continuing faculty member at the UofA.

The four key themes to the research undertaken at ALES






Bioresource Innovation



Renewable and sustainable solutions to our needs for energy, materials, and products can be provided through biological resources. ALES researchers have expanded the understanding of the science behind bio-based products and are engaging in applied research to create new technologies.

Environmental Sustainability

 


Wisely managing the earth's resources is the key to human survival, health, and well-being. ALES brings a depth and diversity of research interests to encompass a broad spectrum of scientific and management applications in natural and managed landscapes.


Food for Health



Safe, sufficient and nutritious food for the world's growing population is arguably the greatest challenge that humanity will face in the coming decades. ALES brings together skilled researchers from the agricultural, food and social sciences to address these interconnected issues.


Individual and Community Well Being



This research is central to social and health policy analysis and development and it improves our ability to assess priorities and achieve specific social and health goals. ALES researchers aim to improve the understanding of relationships and actions that affect the nature, quality and well-being of people’s lives.

New Researchers

Clover Bench
Animal Ethologist

Jean Buteau
Human Nutrition

Cameron Carlyle

Rangeland Ecology

Emily Huddart Kennedy

Environmental Sociology

Jens Walter
CAIP Chair for Nutrition, Microbes and Gastrointestinal Health

Ben Willing
Epigenomics/Nutrigenomics

Bruno Wichmann
Environmental Economics

Publications


The Birth and Rebirth of the UBC Farm
Andrew Riseman
Associate Professor and Academic Director
Centre for Sustainable Food Systems-UBC Farm