Louise Chawla
Professor Emerita • CEDaR Fellow

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 by New Village Press.



Derr, V.,  L. Chawla and Mintzer, M. Placemaking with Children and Youth Participatory Practices for Planning Sustainable Communities.  New York: New Village Press, 2018. Print.

Derr, V., L. Chawla, and W. van Vliet. 2017, in press. "Children as Natural Change Agents: Child Friendly Cities as Resilient Cities."  K. Bishop and L. Corkery (Eds.), Designing for Kids in the City: Beyond Playgrounds and Skateparks.  Routledge Press.

Derr, V., L. Chawla, and I. Pevec. Early 2017, in press. "Early Childhood," in A. Russ and M. Krasny (Eds.),Urban Environmental Education Review textbook. Cornell University Press.  And associated video link.

Chawla, L. & Driskell, D. (2009). Learning by doing: Education for sustainable development through place-based action research. In P.B. Corcoran & P.M. Osano (Eds.), Young People, Education, and Sustainable Development (pp. 91-98). Wageningen Academic Publishers.

Chawla, L. & Flanders Cushing, D. (2007). Education for strategic environmental behavior.Environmental Education Research, 13(4), 437-452.

Kingston, B., Wridt, P., Chawla L., van Vliet, W., & Brink, L. (2007). Creating child friendly cities in the case of Denver, USA. Municipal Engineer, 160(2), 97-102.

Chawla, L. & Heft, H. (2006). Children as agents in sustainable development. In M. Blades & C. Spencer (Eds.), Children as Agents in Sustainable Development: The Ecology of Competence (pp. 199-216). New York: Cambridge University Press.

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