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.  

Considering grad school?

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

Diana Parry
Associate Professor

Women, leisure, and social justice

Diana Parry is an associate professor in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at the University of Waterloo. Utilizing a feminist lens, Diana's research explores the personal and political links between women's leisure and women's health, broadly defined. Her work privileges women's standpoints and aims to create social change and enact social justice by challenging the medical model of scholarship.