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Natasha Blanchet-Cohen, PhD

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

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

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.


PhD, Curriculum and Instruction, University of Victoria

MA, International Affairs, Carleton University

MA, Public Policy & Public Administration, Carleton University

BA, Political Science, McGill University


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

Observatoire jeunes et société
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)
Equitas (Progam committee board member)

Research interests

Child agency and child participation
Community youth development
Children and ecocitizenship
Developmental evaluation
Immigrant youth
Indigenous youth
Culturally-safe child and youth services and programs

Teaching activities


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

2018-2024: Chaire-réseau jeunesse: Les parcours vers l'autonomie et l'épanouissement des jeunes dans une société en transformation: volet jeunes issus des Premières nations et Inuits. FRQSC

2019-2021. Développement identitaire et la réussite éducative des Innus en milieu urbain. Institut Tshakapesh.

2018-2014: Growing with the city: a longitudinal study onthe everyday lives of children in MontrealFondation du Grand Montréal (with J. Torres).
2018-2019: Co-construire et promouvoir des approches soutenant des transitions scolaires harmonieuses chez les jeunes autochtones en milieu urbain.
Regroupement des centres d’amitiés autochtones du Québec.

2018-2019: Strengthening youth community action to promote diversity: amplifying human rights education for social change. Partnership Engage Grant SSHRC (with Equitas).

Co-investigator (current)

2020- 2027      Co-Investigator  (C. Lévesque PI). Réseau de recherche et de connaissance relatives aux peuples autochtonesFQRSC- Regroupement stratégique.

2020-24  Co-Investigator ( I. Orellana as PI). Fondements, pratiques, enjeux et défis de l’intégration des questions socio-écologique en éducation au Québec : vers une écocitoyenneté. FQRSC- Soutien aux équipes de recherche.

2018-2022       Co-Investigator (JM. Fontan as PI). Évaluation du rôle et des actions de fondations subventionnaires canadiennes en réponse à l'enjeu des inégalités sociales et des défis environnementaux. SSHRC Partnership grant.

Publications (selected)

Recent publications

Blanchet-Cohen, N., Cloutier, É., Laroche, S., Lévesque, C., & Wawanolath, M. (2021)Moving towards an indigenous-centered approach to perinatal care in urban Québec. International Journal of Indigenous Health, 16(2), 54-69.
Blanchet-Cohen, N, Di Mambro, G., Petiquay, M. (2020). Le comité Witcihitisotan (entraide) par et pour les familles d’adolescents autochtones en ville. First peoples child and family review, 15(2), 87-105.
Hovington, S., Blanchet-Cohen, N., & Mann Feder, V. (2020). Innovation in a capstone course in Youth Work: Using the authentic situated learning and teaching framework. International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies, 11(3).
Blanchet-Cohen, N., Torres, J., Grégoire-Labrecque, G. (2020). Youth and their multiple relationships with their city: experiences of exclusion and belonging in Montreal. Sociological studies of children and youth (Rethinking young people’s lives through space and place), 26, 85-103.

Blanchet-Cohen, N., Di Mambro, G., Sioui, G., & Robert-Careau, F. (2018). Le point de vue de jeunes autochtones en milieu urbain sur leur parcours scolaire. Revue jeunes et société, 3(2), 95-115. 

Blanchet-Cohen, N., Geoffroy, P & Hoyos, L.M., (2018). Culturally safe developmental Evaluation: Supporting the Shift in Services for Indigenous Children. Journal of multidisciplinary evaluation.14(31), 19-31.

Blanchet-Cohen, N. & Urud, M. (2017). Tana’Bawang: Cultural safety and the Kelabit land struggle in Borneo. AlterNatives. 13(2),170-178.

Blanchet-Cohen, N., Denov, M, Sarah, F. & Bilotta, N. (2017). The nexus of war, resettlement and education: War-affected youth’s perspectives and responses to the Quebec education system. International journal of Intercultural Relations, 60, 160-168.

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). 

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., & 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(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.


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

Jean-Pierre, J., Blanchet-Cohen, N., De Finney, S., (2020). An empirical exploration of child and youth care pedagogical and curricular practices. International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies, 11(3).

Blanchet-Cohen,N., & Richardson, C. (2017). Cultural Safety: Applications and implications for Indigenous children, families, and communities AlterNatives: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples.13(2), 138-141.

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

Research reports and practitioner manual

Blanchet-Cohen, N.,& Torres, J. (2017). Living in Montreal in the 21stcentury; perspectives from young montrealers. Montreal: Fondation du Grand Montreal. 

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:

Book chapters

Blanchet-Cohen, N. (2020). Reflections, capacities and opportunities: being bold and creative (chapter 7). V. Caputo (ed). The children’s senator. Landon Pearson and a lifetime of advocacy (pp. 113-117). McGill Press.


Blanchet-Cohen, N. (2020). L’apport de la mobilisation communautaire pour un rapprochement école-famille en contexte autochtone au Québec. In A. Lenoir, L et Pelletier, L. (dir.).  Regards critiques sur la relation école-familles (pp. 195-212). Éditions des archives contemporaines. France

Blanchet-Cohen, N., (2017). Apport des pédagogies autochtones à l’apprentissage de l’écocitoyenneté dans L. Sauvé, I. Orellana, C.Villemagne, et B. Bader. Éducation environnement 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: Opportunities in 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.

Participation activities

Peer-reviewed conferences & presentations (selected)

Richardson, C., & Blanchet-Cohen, N. (2019, April). Into the future: doing Indigenous,collaborative, youth-centered, participatory action research in the QuebecChair youth Research Network, Child &Youth Care in Action VI. Moving through trails and trials towards communitywellness. Victoria, BC.

Blanchet-Cohen, N.(2018, March). Shifting paradigms through developmental evaluation: Towardscultural safety in servicesfor Indigenous mothers. In Shifting paradigms inthe design and implementation of ECEC programs: the roles ofresearch anddevelopmental evaluation (Chair, panelist, discussant). CIES, Mexico.


Blanchet-Cohen,N. (2017, Oct31). Children’s perspectives on vital signs in Montreal:expressing andrequesting citizenship. Engaging with children, seeing meaning through theirworlds (panel). Reconceptualizing early childhood education conference.Finding a home in theworld. Toronto.


Sioui,G.,Blanchet-Cohen, N., & Di Mambro, G. (2017, Oct). Comité Kacterimosiwin: larecherche-actioncomme soutien à la persévérance scolaire au secondaire. Perséverance etréussitescolaire chez les premiers peuples, Québec.


Blanchet-Cohen,N. & Sioui, G. (2017, June). IgnitingIndigenousstudent-school-community relationships: A participatory actionresearch process. CINSA. Puebla, Mexico.


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 and implications 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.



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.

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

     Signes vitaux- démarcheparticipative avec des jeunes de Montréal.

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

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