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AHSC 443 - Community Development I
AHSC 311 - Respecting Diversity/Human Relations
AHSC 314 - Adolescence: Issues and Interventions
AHSC 445 - Community Development II
2006 - PhD, Curriculum and Instruction, University of Victoria
1999 - MA, International Affairs, Carleton University
1998 - MA, Public Policy & Public Administration, Carleton University
1993 - BA, Political Science, McGill University
Natasha Blanchet-Cohen joins the Department of Applied Human Sciences to teach community development and youth issues. From 1997 to 2009, she worked as research director at the International Institute for Child Rights and Development in Victoria. She has led national applied research initiatives on building resilient communities through youth engagement, including YouthScape and Growing up in Cities Canada. Dr. Blanchet-Cohen’s research spans a wide range of community and social topics in Canada and abroad, including issues around children’s rights and sustainability, the creation of child-youth friendly cities, engagement of Indigenous youth in health, opportunities for social inclusion, the practice and promotion of environmental education, bridge-building across and practices, and developmental approaches to monitoring and evaluation. She has travelled and worked internationally in Venezuela, Mexico, Russia, Thailand and Bangladesh.
Child agency and child participation
Community youth development
Children and nature
Developmental monitoring and evaluation
Resiliency and marginality
Systems change and innovation
Canadian Coalition on the Rights of the Child (Board Member)
DIALOG: Réseau de recherche et de connaissances relatives aux peuples autchtones
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.
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).
Blanchet-Cohen, N. & Cook, P. (2012). The Transformative Power of Youth Grants: Sparks and Ripples of Change Affecting Marginalised Youth and their Communities. Advance online publication. Children & Society. doi: 10.1111/j.1099-0860.2012.00473.x
Blanchet-Cohen, N., Manolson, S. & Shaw, K. (2012). Youth-led Decision-making in Community Development Grants. Advance online publication. Youth & Society. doi: 10.1177/0044118X12455024.
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. doi:10.5055/jem.2010.0022
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. (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). Changing the landscape: Bottom up/top down approaches. In M. Pare, & S. Bennett (Eds), 20th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child – University of Ottawa, November 18-20th, 2009, Ottawa: STM Learning, Saint Louis.
Blanchet-Cohen, N. (November 2012). Participación y Desarrollo de Niños, Niñas, Adolescentes y Jóvenes. University of Zulia, Maracaibo, Venezuela.
Blanchet-Cohen, N. & Urud, M. (August 2012). Drifting towards culture: Experiences from British Columbia and Borneo. Dialog. Indigenous peoples and public policy transformation: International comparative perspectives. Concordia University. Montreal.
Torres, J. & Blanchet-Cohen, N. (2012, May). Reaching youth through social media: towards a proactive planning approach in a 'Child-Friendly City" of Quebec. Paper presented at teh Media of the Metapolis. Reflecting the knowledge base of urban research Rencontres François Ascher 2, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar.
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, Canada.
Blanchet-Cohen, N. (2012, April). Appropriate methods to empower children as curriculum co-designers. Paper presented at teh American Education Research Association, Vancouver, Canada.
Blanchet-Cohen, N. (2012, January). Juventud y violencia? Que future tienen los y las jovenes indigenas. Dialog huitième édition de l'Université nomade. Pueblos Indìgenas y desarrollo ¿De qué estamos hablando? Mexico City, Mexico.
Blanchet-Cohen, N. (2011, August). Citizen engagement in building green and healthy neighbhourhours. Paper presented at the Ecocity World Summit, Montreal, Canada.
Blanchet-Cohen, N. (2011, August). Making child-youth friendly cities: perspectives from Quebec and internationally. Workshop chair at at the Ecocity World Summit, Montreal with J. Torres, Montreal, Canada.
* Blanchet-Cohen, N. & Pronovost, V. (2011, June) Creating a curriculum for immigrant children to promote environmental education. Paper presented at the EECOM National Conference, Regina, SK.
Blanchet-Cohen, N. (2011, May). Building Peaceful Communities: The power of early childhood, Paper presented at the UNA meeting, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Blanchet-Cohen, N. (2011, May). Engaging young children in research processes: A children’s rights approach. Symposium presenter at the UNA meeting, 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.
Blanchet-Cohen, N. (2010, June). Engager les citoyens dans un processus participatif de planification de Quartiers verts, actifs et en santé. Paper presented at the Canadian Public Health Association Centennial Conference, Toronto, ON.
* Blanchet-Cohen, N. and Daigle, A. (2010, June). Evaluating civic engagement in creating green neighbhourhoods in Montreal. Paper presented at the Environmental Studies Association of Canada. Congress of the humanities and social sciences, Montreal, QC.
Blanchet-Cohen, N. (2010, June). Engaging youth as agents of social change: challenges and opportunities. Paper presented at the Association of Nonprofit and Social Economy Research. Congress of the humanities and social sciences, Montreal, QC.
Blanchet-Cohen, N. (2010, June). Building children and community resilience in New Orleans through school curriculum. Paper presented at the Pathways to Resilience II Conference, Halifax, Canada.
2013-2015 Évaluation-recherche du programme, pied à vélo, ville active (APAVVA) de Vélo Québec. Vélo Québec, QC
2012-2014 Co-Investigator with Myriam Denov, Research Group on Children and Global Adversity: A Right-Based approach. FQRSC Emergent team
2012-2014 Co-Investigator with Myriam Denov, War-affected children living in Quebec: a multidisciplinary approach. McGill Collaborative Research & Development Fund.
2011-2013 Young Immigrants and Environmental Stewardship: Perspectives and Practices. FQRSC - Nouveau chercheur
2010-2012 Jeunes agent multiplicateur pour une culture environnementale. MELS, Québec
2011-2012 Child-centered Accountability and Protection Evaluation (CAPE): The case of Colombia. International Institute for Child Rights and Development.
2011-2012 Co-Investigator with Juan Torres, Carrefour Action Municipale et Famille, Montréal, QC
2009-2013 Evaluation du Quartier Vert, Actif et en Santé. Centre Urbain Ecologique de Montréal, Montréal, QC.
2010-2011 Intervention de milieu pour les jeunes de 12 à 30 ans: Evaluationet recherche sur l'approche et le processus. Ville de Montréal.