Concordia University

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Natasha Blanchet-Cohen, PhD

Associate Professor, Graduate Program Director for Youth Work, Applied Human Sciences

Office: L-VE 323-03 
Vanier Extension,
7141 Sherbrooke W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 3347
Email: Natasha.Blanchet-Cohen@concordia.ca

Dr. Natasha Blanchet-Cohen is an Associate 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.

Education

PhD, Curriculum and Instruction, University of Victoria

MA, International Affairs, Carleton University

MA, Public Policy & Public Administration, Carleton University

BA, Political Science, McGill University

Affiliations

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

Centr’ERE - Centre de recherche en éducation et formation relatives à l’environnement et à l’écocitoyenneté
Loyola College for Diversity and Sustainability (fellow)
Carrefour Action Municipale des Familles (accreditation committee)
Twelve Canada (board member)
Equitas (Progam committee board member)

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


Teaching activities

Courses

AHSC 314 - Adolescence: Issues and intervention
AHSC 443 - Community Development I
AHSC 445 - Community Development II
AHSC 510  - Advanced Research Methods with Youth
AHSC 530   - Community Youth Development


Research activities

Grants -Principal investigator

2017-2020. Un accompagnement pour devenirune organisation apprenante : une étude de cas participative, Fondation Chagnon

2017- Impliquer les enfantsface aux enjeux du Grand Montreal : une recherche-action autour des signesvitaux 2017, Fondation du Grand Montreal

2016-2018 Soutenirla mobilisation et l’implication des élèves autochtones au secondaire à travers une recherche-action. SSHRC-Dialog,

2016-2018 Évaluation évolutive du projet Abinodjic.  Center for Friendship Center of Val D’Or

2015-2017 Developing the field of developmental evaluation in Quebec. J.W. McConnell Foundation.

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

2013-2014  Integrated and culturally relevant approach to homework support programs offered by the Quebec Native Friendship Centers. ODENA-CURA.

Co-investigator (current)

2016-2020   Co-investigator with Myriam Denov as Principal Investigator. Les enfants et lesfamilles touchés par la guerre : une approche à trois volets. FQRSC

2016-2020 Collaborator withLucie Sauvé as Principal Investigator. Fondements,pratique, enjeux et defies de l’intégration des questions socio-écologiques eneducation au Québec: vers une écocitoyenneté. FQRSC

2014-2021    Co-investigator with Carole Levesque as Principal Investigator, SSHRC. Title: Le monde autochtone et les défis du vivre ensemble.

 

2014-2021 Co-investigator with Bill Reimer as PI

Rural policy learning commons: Building rural policy through comparative analysis. SSHRC


Publications (selected)

Recent publications

Blanchet-Cohen, N.,& Urud, M. (2017). Tana’Bawang: Cultural safety and the Kelabit land struggle in Borneo. AlterNatives. 13(2).

Blanchet-Cohen, N., Denov, M, Sarah, F. & Bilotta, N. (2017).The nexus of war, resettlement and education: War-affected youth’s perspectivesand responses to the Quebec education system. International journal ofIntercultural Relations. Available online.

Blanchet-Cohen, N., & Di Mambro, G. (2016).L’éco-citoyenneté chez les enfants : potentiel et paradoxe. Éducation relative à l’environnement. Regards, recherches et réflexions,13(2). See http://www.revue-ere.uqam.ca/categories/volumes/v13-1.html

Denov, M., & Blanchet-Cohen, N. (2016) Trajectories of Violence and Survival:Turnings and Adaptations in the Lives of Two War-affected Youth Living in Canada.  Peace & Conflict : Journal of Peace Psychology, (22)3, 236-245.

Torres, J. et Blanchet-Cohen, N. (2016). Au-delà de l’accréditation :changement et continuité au sein des villes amies des enfants du Québec. Annales de la recherche urbaine n°111, 100-111.

Blanchet-Cohen, N. & Torres, J. (2015). Accreditation of child-friendly municipalities in Quebec: Opportunities for child participation. Children youth,environments [Special issue: Child-friendly cities: critical approaches].25(2), p. 16-32.

Blanchet-Cohen, N.,& Denov, M. (2015). War-affected children’s approach to resettlement: Implications for child and family services. [Special issue: The role ofanthropology in improving services for children and family]. Annals of Anthropological Practice,39(2), 120-133.

Ranahan, P., Blanchet-Cohen, N., Mann-Feder, V.(2015). Moving towards an integrated approach to youth work education.International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies, 6(4), 516-538.

Blanchet-Cohen, N., & Di Mambro, G. (2015). Environmental action research with immigrant children in schools: Space, audience and influence. Action Research, 13(2), 123-140.

Blanchet-Cohen, N. (2015). Igniting citizen participation in creating healthy built environments: The role of community organizations. Community Development Journal. 50(4), 264-279.

Blanchet-Cohen, N., & Lainé,A. (2015). Documenter le programme d’Aide aux devoirs: les éléments gagnants d’une recherche partenariale. Boite à outils des principes de recherche en contextes autochtones (pp. 27-33). CSSSPNQL, CRDP,UQAT et Réseau DIALOG. Voirhttp://www.cssspnql.com/docs/default-source/centre-de-documentation/enjeux_ethique-recherche-article_contributionsDC85CD4F3FA0CEF5B475EDE4.pdf?sfvrsn=2

Blanchet-Cohen, N., & Brunson, L. (2014) Creating Settings for Youth Empowerment and Leadership: An Ecological Perspective. Child and Youth Services. 35, 1-21.

Denov, M.,& Blanchet-Cohen, N. (2014). The rights and realities of War-affected Refugee Children and Youth in Quebec: Making children’s rights meaningful. Canadian Journal for Children’s Rights,1,18-43.

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), 75-81.

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.

Blanchet-Cohen, N.,& Cook, P. (2014). The transformative power of youth grants: sparks and ripples of change affecting marginalised youth and their communities. Children & Society. 28(5), 392-403.

Blanchet-Cohen, N.,Manolson, S. & Shaw, K. (2014). Youth-led decision-making in community development grants. Youth & Society.46(6), 819-834.

Blanchet-Cohen, N., & Reilly, R. (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.

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),23-42.

Books

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., & Richardson, C. (2017). Cultural Safety: Applications and implicationsfor Indigenous children, families, and communities AlterNatives: AnInternational Journal of Indigenous Peoples.13(2).

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 http://journals.uvic.ca/index.php/ijcyfs.

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 http://www.amiedesenfants.ca/attachments/article/88/Guide_FINAL_PDF.pdf

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 : http://www.mcconnellfoundation.ca/en/resources/publication/de-201-a-practitioner-s-guide-to-developmental-evaluation

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: http://www.mcconnellfoundation.ca/en/resources/report/youthscape-guidebook-changing-the-landscape-involving-youth-in-s

Book chapters

Blanchet-Cohen, N., (2017). Apportdes pédagogies autochtones à l’apprentissage de l’écocitoyenneté dans L. Sauvé, I. Orellana, C.Villemagne, et B. Bader. Éducationenvironnement Écocitoyenneté (pp. 67-80). Québec. Presse Universitaire duQuébec.

Torres, J., & Blanchet-Cohen, N. (2016). Reaching youth: tools for participating in the upgrading and evaluation of municipal equipment and services. In R. Thomas (Ed.) Planning Canada: A case study approach (ch. 6.4). Oxford University Press: Toronto.

Blanchet-Cohen, N., & Torres, J. (2015). Enhancing citizen engagement at the municipal level:youth’s perspectives. In J. Wyn, & H. Cahill (Eds.). Handbook of Children and Youth Studies (pp.391-404). Singapore: Springer.doi 10.1007/978-981-4451-96-3_62-1

Blanchet-Cohen, N. (2015). Indigenous children’s rights: Opportunitiesin Appropriation and Transformation. In W. Vandenhole, E. Desmet, D. Reynaert,& S. Lembrechts (Eds). Routledge International Handbook Children’s rights studies (pp.371-386). London: Routledge.

Lundy, L., Welty,E., Swadener, B.B., Blanchet-Cohen, N.,Smith, K. & Dympha, D. (2015). What if children had been involved indrafting the UNCRC? In A. Diduck, H.Reece, & P. Noam (Eds.). Law in Society: reflections on children, family, culture and Philosophy. Essays in honour of Michael Freeman (pp.223-242). Brill Publishers.


Participation activities

Peer-reviewed conferences & presentations (selected)

Blanchet-Cohen, N. (2017,avril). Seeking Minomagi8inthrough developmental evaluation. Child and youth care in action: Embracingchallenge, Victoria.

Blanchet-Cohen, N. (2016, October). Expériencesen évaluation évolutive : freins et possibilités pour une “revolution”. SQEP panel chair.

Blanchet-Cohen, N. (2016,april). Cultural safety: applications andimplications for Indigenous Children’s rights education. In Childwell-being and social progress: moving beyond health, safety and standards. AmericanEducation Research Association, Washington DC.

Gagné-Vollant, V., Caron, D. et Blanchet-Cohen, N. (2015, octobre). La concertation en milieu urbain : une condition facilitantepour la réussite des élèves autochtones dans les villes? Colloque sur la persévérancescolaire des autochtones,UQAT, Chicoutimi.

Blanchet-Cohen, N. & Thériault, B. (2015, octobre). Fonds surla persévérance scolaire des autochtones. Colloquesur la persévérance scolaire des autochtones, UQAT, Chicoutimi.

Blanchet-Cohen, N.  & C. Richardson. (2015, June 7). Cultural safety: applications andimplications for Indigenous children, families and communities. Panel co-chair,CINSA 2015- Survivance andreconciliation: 7 forward 7 back. Montreal, Canada.

 

Swadener, B.B., Gaches, S., Blanchet-Cohen,N. (2015, April). AERA. Children’sviews and visions of education rights in the US and Canada.

 

Blanchet-Cohen,N. (2015, March 19). The concept of ‘ecocitizenship’ amongst immigrant childrenin Quebec. Paper symposium “The new conservation task in developmentalpsychology: Investigating children’s and adolescent’s environmental minds andvalues’. SRCD Biennial Meeting,Philadelphia, USA.

 

Blanchet-Cohen, N. (2014). L’appropriation par le milieu des rapportsd’évaluation dans une évaluation évolutive. Colloque SQEP

 

Blanchet-Cohen, N. (2014, September 30th). Approaches and tools for municipalities to promote youngpeople’s participation. Child in the City, Odense, Danemark.

 

Blanchet-Cohen, N., Di Mambro, G., & Malthais, A., (2014, May). L’écocitoyennetéchez les enfants issus des communautés culturelles : perspectives, paradoxes etpotential. Part of Reperes contemporains pour une education relatives àl’environnement et à l’écocitoyenneté, Acfas, Montreal, Canada.

 

Denov, M. &Blanchet-Cohen, N. (2014, May). ASearch for Coherence: War-affected Children and Youth in Quebec, CARFMS14:Coherence and Incoherence in Migration Management and Integration: Policies,Practices and Perspectives, Montreal, Canada.

 

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

Mann-Feder, V., Blanchet-Cohen, N., &Ranahan, P. (2014, May). Respondingto our current times: An innovative model of Child and Youth Care Education.Paper to be presented at Child and Youth Care in Action IV, Victoria

Invited presentations (selected)

La question écologique en éducation : vivre ici, ensemble. LesRencontres EDUCERE. UQAM, Montréal.

 

Blanchet-Cohen, N. (2017,30 mars). Promouvoir l’écocitoyenneté avec les enfants à l’école. 22e Colloque pédagogique. S’engager pourdemain. Palais des congrès de Montréal.

 

Blanchet-Cohen, N. (2016,décembre 2). L’approche communautaire des peuples autochtones du Québec pourfaire face aux enjeux d’éducation. Persévérancescolaire, ressource et usages des territoires. France-Québec :qu’avons-nous à apprendre les uns des autres? Journée d’étude internationalorganisée par CÉREQ-ESO-Université de CAEN, Caen, France.

 

Blanchet-Cohen, N.(2016, april). Evaluation in youth andfamily contexts. Discussant lead. Roundtable. Youth and Society, Victoria.

Blanchet-Cohen, N. (2015, April). Walrus Talk: Thriving with youth. http://thewalrus.ca/tv-thriving-with-youth/

Blanchet-Cohen, N. (2015, February). Keynote: Developmental evaluation more than a trend. Canadian evaluation National Chapter. Ottawa

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.

Website design

http://www.lintereculturel.org/

Webinar: Building on failure: Learning when things go wrong. Available from http://www.mcconnellfoundation.ca/en/resources/multimedia/video/building-on-failure-learning-when-things-go-wrong

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