Louise Chawla, PhD

Louise Chawla is professor emerita in the Program in Environmental Design at the University of Colorado Boulder. Previously the associate director of the Children, Youth and Environments Center, she is now a Community Engagement, Design and Research (CEDaR) fellow. As a member of the executive committee of Growing Up Boulder, she helps lead a partnership between CEDaR, the Boulder Valley School District and the City of Boulder to integrate the ideas of children and youth into urban planning and design. As international coordinator of the Growing Up in Cities program of UNESCO from 1996-2006, she revived an initiative that has involved young people in cities around the world in evaluating and improving their urban communities. She has written three books and many book chapters and journal articles on children and nature, children in cities, and the development of active care for the natural world and previously she was the co-editor of the journal Children, Youth and Environments. Most recently, she is a coauthor of the book, “Placemaking with Children and Youth: Participatory Practices for Planning Sustainable Communities,” which was released Sept. 17, 2018 by New Village Press.


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