Welcome to Healthy Communities Research Network

Advancing the quality of community life

The Healthy Communities Research Network (HCRN) at the University of Waterloo is a collaborative web of faculty and graduate students dedicated to studying, critiquing, and evaluating the civic, socio-cultural, and environmental dimensions of health and well-being within community life. HCRN endeavours to produce socially relevant findings and recommendations that advance social science, policy, and social innovation, strengthen local communities, and improve the quality of community life.  

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If you are a serious student with a passion for issues related to the quality of community life, please contact Troy Glover for information about joining the network.

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Meet our people

Sebastian Filep

Sebastian Filep, PhD

Senior Lecturer

Examining Tourism and its contributions to human flourishing and well-being

Multiple knowledge platforms have thus far emerged in tourism studies, yet one important knowledge platform remains under developed. A humanist body of knowledge is needed that explains what enables host communities to flourish, what encourages workers in tourism to thrive, and what characterizes optimal tourist experiences. The aim of building this knowledge platform is to establish conditions for human flourishing and well-being in tourism contexts and to outline strategies for building greater well-being of tourism stakeholders. In this way, Professor Filep is working towards developing positive tourism, principally grounded in well-being theories from positive psychology (the study of what makes life worth living).