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

Cathy McAllister

Cathy McAllister, PhD

Community Researcher

Prioritizing urban nature

Cathy explores the mental, physical and social health benefits of time spent in nature. Given the fact that people spend increasing amounts of time in urban environments, she continues to search for effective ways to promote interactions with nature and ensure that communities put a priority on maintaining urban nature.