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

Taryn Graham and her dog
Doctoral Candidate

Pets and their implications for community well-being

Taryn Graham promotes health in urban communities through human-animal interactions. Taryn's graduate work as a Master's student examined social inequalities among pet owners in public space, which involved collaborating with dog walkers, non-dog walkers, municipal leaders, and key stakeholders to provide recommendations on pet-friendly policies that respected safety concerns of the broader community and needs of the environment.