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Natasha Blanchet-Cohen


Natasha Blanchet-Cohen
Associate Professor


514-848-2424 ext. 3347


AHSC 314 - Adolescence: Issues and Interventions

AHSC 443 - Community Development I

AHSC 445 - Community Development II

AHSC 510 - Advanced Research

AHSC 525 - Community Youth Development


PhD, Curriculum and Instruction, University of Victoria

MA, International Affairs, Carleton University

MA, Public Policy & Public Administration, Carleton University

BA, Political Science, McGill University

Brief Academic Biography

Dr. Natasha Blanchet-Cohen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Human Sciences. Her research centers on community youth development with a focus on rights-based approaches to programs and services, culture, and eco-citizenship, particularly as it relates to immigrant and indigenous young people. She is interested in the opportunities and limitations for immigrant and indigenous young people in being change agents in their schools, homes, and communities, as well as the perspectives of youth in providing for rights-based and culturally-responsive services and programs. She is also interested in developmental evaluation as a way of creating space to engage young people and communities to assess their own realities and use this knowledge to inform future action. Dr. Blanchet-Cohen has a well-rounded record of publications, and has been an invited speaker nationally and internationally in the area of youth participation and citizenship, culturally-responsive ecocitizenship, developmental evaluation, and children’s rights. As an interdisciplinary and engaged scholar, her participation in national and international initiatives have contributed to building the capacity of human ecologies - including federal, provincial, and municipal polices and services, and school, family and peer groups – to positively support the quality of young peoples’ lives.

Research Interests

Child agency and child participation

Community youth development

Children and ecocitizenship

Developmental evaluation

Immigrant youth

Indigenous children’s rights

Culturally-responsive child and youth services and programs



Canadian Coalition on the Rights of the Child (Board member)
Centr’ERE - Centre de recherche en éducation et formation relatives à l’environnement et   à l’écocitoyenneté

Dialog - Réseau de recherche et de connaissances relatives aux peuples autochtones

Loyola College for Diversity and Sustainability (fellow)


Recent Publications

Peer-reviewed articles (selected)

Blanchet-Cohen, N., Brunson, L. (2014). Creating Settings for Youth Empowerment and Leadership: An Ecological Perspective. Child and Youth Services. doi:10.1080/0145935X.2014.938735

Blanchet-Cohen, N. (2014). Igniting citizen participation in creating healthy built environments: The role of community organizations. Community Development Journal. Advance online publication doi:10.1093/cdj/bsu031

Blanchet-Cohen, N., Bedeaux, C. (2014). Towards a right-based approach to youth programs: Duty-bearers perspectives in Montreal. Children and Youth Services Review.38(March),

Powell, T., & Blanchet-Cohen, N. (2014). The Journey of Hope: A group work intervention for children who have experienced a collective trauma. Journal of Social Work with Groups, 37(4), 297-313.

Blanchet-Cohen, N.  (2014). Researching violence with conflict-affected young people: context and process. Child Indicators Research, 7(3), 517-535. doi:10.1007/s12187-013-9208-4

Blanchet-Cohen, N., & Reilly, C. (2013). Teachers’ perspectives on environmental education in multicultural contexts: Towards culturally-responsive environmental education. Teaching and Teacher Education, 36, 12-22.  

*Blanchet-Cohen, N., Warner, A., Di Mambro, G., & Bedeaux, C. (2013). “Du carré rouge aux casseroles”: The Québec student movement: A context for youth-adult partnership. International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies, 4(3), 444-463. Retrieve from

Langlois, M., Blanchet-Cohen, N., & Beer, T. (2013). The art of the nudge: Five practices for developmental evaluators. Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation, 27(2), 39-59. Retrieve from

Blanchet-Cohen, N., & Nelems, R. (2013). A child-centered evaluation of a psychosocial program: Promoting children’s healing, safety and well-being in post-disaster contexts. Children, Youth and Environments, 23(1), 23-42.

Blanchet-Cohen, N., & Cook, P. (2012). The transformative power of youth grants: sparks and ripples of change affecting marginalised youth and their communities. Children & Society. Advance online publication.

*Blanchet-Cohen, N., Manolson, S. & Shaw, K. (2012). Youth-led decision-making in community development grants. Youth & Society. Advance online publication.

Blanchet-Cohen, N., & Elliott, E. (2011). Young children and educators engagement and learning outdoors: A basis for rights-based programming. Early Education and Development, 22(5), 757-777.

Blanchet-Cohen, N., McMillan, Z., & Greenwood, M. (2011). Indigenous youth engagement in Canada’s health care. Pimatisiwin: A Journal of Aboriginal and Indigenous Community Health, 9(1), 89-113.

Blanchet-Cohen, N. & Nelems, R. (2010). Preparing children for disasters: Evaluation of the ready and resilient program. Journal of Emergency Management, 8(4), 17-24.

Blanchet-Cohen, N., & Salazar, J. (2010). Best practices for empowering marginalized youth. Relational Child and Youth Care Practice, 24(2), 5-19.

Blanchet-Cohen, N. (2008). Taking a stance: child agency across the dimensions of early adolescents’ environmental involvement. Environmental Education Research, 14(3), 257-272. doi: 10.1080/13504620802156496

Blanchet-Cohen, N. (2006). Young people's participation in Canadian municipalities: Claiming meaningful space. Canadian Review of Social Policy, 57, 71-84.


Swadener, B., Lundy, L., Habashi, J., & Blanchet-Cohen, N. (Eds.). (2013). Children’s     Rights in Education: International Perspectives. New York, NY: Peter Lang.



Journal Special Issue


Blanchet-Cohen, N. with  Linds, W., Mann-Feder, V., & Yuen, F. (Eds.). (2013). Transforming practices: emancipatory approaches to youth engagement [Special issue]. International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies, 4(3-3.1). Retrieved from


Book Chapters (selected)

Lundy, L., Welty, E., Blanchet-Cohen, N., Dympha, D., Swadener, B.B., & Smith, K. (in press). What if children had been involved in drafting the UNCRC? In A. Diduck, H. Reece, & P. Noam (Eds.). Michael Freeman and the law. Brill Publishers.

Blanchet-Cohen, N., & Torres, J. (in press). Enhancing citizen engagement at the municipal level: youth’s perspectives. In J. Wynn, & H. Cahill (Eds.). Handbook on Childhood and Youth. Springer.

Torres, J., & Blanchet-Cohen, N. (in press). Reaching youth: tools for participating in the design and evaluation of municipal equipment and services. In R. Thomas (Ed.) Planning Canada: A case study approach. Oxford University Press.


Blanchet-Cohen, N. & Murray, E. (2012). Exploring participation rights of children and youth within ecological contexts. In Murray, E. (Ed.). Children matter: Exploring child and youth human rights issues in Canada [eBook] (pp. 8-28). Calgary, AB: Mount Royal University.

Blanchet-Cohen, N. (2010). Rainbow warriors: Environmental agency of early adolescents’. In B. Stevenson & J. Dillon (Eds.), Environmental education: Learning, culture and agency (pp. 31-55). Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.

Blanchet-Cohen, N. (2010). Foreword. In W. Linds, L. Goulet, & A. Sammel (Eds.), Emancipatory practices: Adult/youth engagement in social and environmental justice (pp. xi-xii). Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.

Practitioner Manuals (selected)


Blanchet-Cohen, N. & Torres, J. [sous la direction de]. (2013). Municipalité amie des enfants: établir une demarche participative avec les jeunes. Carrefour Action Municipale et Famille. Retrieved from


Dozois, E., Langlois, M., & Blanchet-Cohen, N. (2010). DE 201: Practitioner’s guide to developmental evaluation. Victoria: McConnell Foundation and International Institute for Child Rights and Development. Retrieve from :


Blanchet-Cohen, N., Mack, E., & Cook, M. (2010). Changing the landscape: Engaging youth in social change. Victoria: International Institute for Child Rights and Development. See:



Peer-Reviewed Conferences & Presentations

Blanchet-Cohen, N. (2014, September). Approaches and tools for municipalities to promote young people's participation. Child in the City, Odense, Danemark.

Blanchet-Cohen, N., Di Mambro, G., & Malthais, A., (2014, May). L'écocitoyenneté chez les enfants issus des communautés culturelles: perspectives, paradoxes et potentiel. Part of Repères contemporains pour une education relatives à l'environnement et à l'écocitoyenneté, Acfas, Montréal, Canada.

Levesque, C., Blanchet-Cohen, N., et al., (2014, May). L'alliance de recherche ODENA: Bilan d'une expérience réussie en coproduction des connaissances. Workshop hosted at Acfas, Montréal, Canada.

Blanchet-Cohen, N. (2013, October). Une conversation sur l’évaluation évolutive. Round-table hosted at Société québécoise d’évaluation de programme, Québec.

Blanchet-Cohen, N. (2013, August). Embracing children’s connection with the environment and culture: The role of outdoor education. Paper presented at the 3rd Asia Pacific Rim International Counselling & Psychotherapy for Relationships, Educational and Environmental Needs, Kuching, Malaysia.

Blanchet-Cohen, N. (2013, June 14). Becoming environmental ambassadors in their schools, homes and communities. Paper presented at the 7th World Environmental Education Congress, Marrakech, Morocco.

*Blanchet-Cohen, N., & Di Mambro, G. (2013, June 3). Enhancing multicultural environmental education: implications for practice. Paper presented at the Environmental Studies Association of Canada, Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Victoria.

Blanchet-Cohen., N., & Reilly, R. (2012, April).“I learn at the same time that I teach:” Teachers’ perspectives on creating a multicultural environmental curriculum. Paper presented at the American Education Research Association, Vancouver.

Blanchet-Cohen, N. (2011, August 23). Citizen engagement in building green and healthy neighbourhours. Paper presented at the Ecocity World Summit, Montreal.


Blanchet-Cohen, N. (2011, May 13). Engaging young children in research processes: A children’s rights approach. Symposium presenter at Building peaceful communities by the UNA: The global learning initiative on children and ethnic diversity, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Blanchet-Cohen, N. (2011, March). Why and how to engage diverse youth in municipal decision-making. Workshop chair at the 13th National Metropolis Conference, Vancouver, BC.


Invited Presentations (selected)

Blanchet-Cohen, N. (2013, June). Dispositions des politiques internationales à l’égard des enfants autochtones. Rencontre de l’Alliance de recherche ODENA avec la délégation vietnamienne de l’Académie des sciences, Wendake.

Torres, J., & Blanchet-Cohen, N. (2013, May). Susciter la participation citoyenne des jeunes avec Municipalité amie des enfants. Workshop at the 25 ans de révolution dans les familles, Carrefour Action Municipale, Boucherville.

Blanchet-Cohen, N. (2013, March). Youth engagement. Roundtable at Metropolis, Ottawa.

Blanchet-Cohen, N. (2012, November). Participación y Desarrollo de Niños, Niñas, Adolescentes y Jóvenes. Keynote paper at the University of Zulia. Maracaibo, Venezuela.

Blanchet-Cohen, N., & Urud, M. (2012, August). Drifting towards culture: Experiences from British Columbia and Borneo. Dialog. Indigenous peoples and public policy transformation: International comparative perspectives. Concordia University, Montreal.

Blanchet-Cohen, N., & Torres, J. (2012, Juin). Les processus de communication avec les jeunes. Presentation to the City of Victoriaville, Québec.

Blanchet-Cohen, N. (2012, March 7). Statement at the Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology. Senate of Canada, Ottawa.

Blanchet-Cohen, N. (January, 2012). Juventud y violencia? Que futuro tienen los y las jovenes indigenas. Dialog huitième édition de l’Université nomade. Pueblos Indígenas y desarrollo ¿De qué estamos hablando? Mexico, Mexico.

Blanchet-Cohen, N. (2011, Octobre 27). Evaluation Programme d’Intervention de Milieu Jeunesse. Presented to youth sector in the City of Montreal.

Blanchet-Cohen, N. (2011, September). Breaking the cycle: Empowering girls and boys to work with young children. Paper presented at the symposium: Agency and meaning-making in war-affected youth. Centre for Research in Human Development (CRDH) Symposium Series. Montréal.

Website Design

Webinar: Building on failure: Learning when things go wrong. Available from


As primary investigator

2014-2015. Evaluation des projets du Fonds pour la Perséverance scolaire des jeunes autochtones, CTREQ.

2013-2014. Evaluation research of an integrated and culturally relevant approach to homework support programs offered by the Quebec Native Friendship Centers. ODENA-CURA.

2013-2015. Évaluation-recherche du programme, À pied, à vélo, ville active (APAVVA) de Vélo Québec.

2011-2014. Young immigrants and environmental stewardship: Perspectives and practices. FQRSC, Québec, QC.

2010-2012. Jeunes agent multiplicateur pour une culture environnementale. with Warren Linds and Rosemary Reilly. MELS, Québec.

2011-2012. Child-centered accountability and protection evaluation (CAPE): The case of Colombia. International Institute for Child Rights and Development

2011-2012. Municipalités amies des enfants: projets pilotes. Carrefour Action Municipale et Famille (CAMF).

2009-2013. Evaluation du Quartier Vert, Actif et en Santé. Centre Urbain Ecologique de Montréal.

As Co-investigator

2012-2014. Research Group on Children and Global Adversity: A Right-based approach.  Co-investigator, with Myriam Denov as Principal Investigator. FQRSC Emergent team.


2008-2014. Dialog: Réseau québécois d’échange sur les questions autochtones.
Co-investigator with Carole Levesque and Stéphane Grenier as Principal Investigator, FQRSC.

2009-2014 . Les autochtones et la ville au Québec: identité, qualité de vie et gouvernance. Co-investigator with Carole Levesque as Principal Investigator, CRSNG & CRSH, ARUC.

2011-2013. Transforming practices: Emancipatory approaches to youth engagement. Co applicant with Varda Mann-Feder, Felice Yuen, and Warren Linds as Principal Investigator, SSHRC.


Concordia University