Dr. Jayne Malenfant

Assistant Professor
Dr. Jayne Malenfant
Contact Information
Email address: 
jayne.malenfant [at] mcgill.ca
Alternate phone: 

Education Building
3700 McTavish Street
Montreal, Quebec H3A 1Y2

Department of Integrated Studies in Education (DISE)
Professional activities: 
  • Editor, International Journal on Homelessness
  • Taking new students during the upcoming application period: PhD Students, Masters Students


Social Action & Sustainability Education
Areas of expertise: 
  • Homelessness
  • Community education
  • Institutional ethnography
  • Activist methodologies
  • Youth activism
  • Anarchism
  • Gender diversity and 2SLGBTIA+
  • Community-based research
  • Youth participatory action research



Jayne is from Kapuskasing, Ontario, but has been in Tio'tiá:ke/Montreal since 2016.  Their areas of interest are community-led research, educational and housing justice, and anarchist/social justice education. Their current research focuses on the educational experiences of young people and adults navigating homelessness, the engagement of people with lived and living experience of housing precarity in advocacy and research, and the experiences of Two-Spirit, trans, and non-binary communities navigating housing precarity and institutional inaccess.

Selected publications: 
  • Malenfant, J. & Brais, H. (2023) An Anarchist Approach to Addressing Housing Vulnerability: Implementing Anarchist Strategies to Program Efforts for Housing Justice. Housing Theory and Society, Special Issue: Housing Vulnerability. Online First.
  • Malenfant, Jayne, Watchorn, Mickey & Nichols, Naomi. (2023). Homeless Youth-Led Activism and Direct Action: Lessons from a Participatory Research Project in Tio’tia:ke/Montréal. Children & Society, Special Issue: Conceptualising and Researching Child and Youth Activism. 00, 1-15.
  • Malenfant, Jayne & Smith, Charlotte. (2021). Creating Conditions for Lived and Living Experience to Transform Research. Parity 34(6), 31-33.
  • Malenfant, Jayne. (2020). Fieldnotes and Lived Experiences of Housing Precarity: Co-Creating Transparent Research Practices for Social Change. In Burkholder, Casey & Thompson, Jennifer A. (Eds.) Fieldnotes in Qualitative Education and Social Science Research: Approaches, Practices and Ethical Considerations. New York: Routledge.
  • Malenfant, Jayne, Nichols, Naomi, & Schwan, Kaitlin. (2019). Chasing Funding to “Eat Our Own Tail”: The Invisible Emotional Work of Making Social Change. ANSERJ: Canadian Journal of Nonprofit and Social Economy Research 10(2): 40-54.
  • Malenfant, Jayne. (2019). Cultivating anarchist praxis: reflections on an outdoor, anarchist free skool in Tio’tia:ke/Montréal. Pathways: The Ontario Journal of Outdoor Education 30(2): 11-14.

Non-Academic Publications:


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