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Amanda Grenier


Norman and Honey Schipper Chair in Gerontological Social Work
Ph.D., McGill University

Research Interests: 
  • Gerontological Social Work 
  • Life Course 
  • Aging 
  • Qualitative Research 
  • Inequality 

Amanda Grenier joined the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work in July 2019 as the Norman and Honey Schipper Chair in Gerontological Social Work. She is also appointed to Baycrest Hospital. Previously she was a Professor in Health, Aging and Society, the Gilbrea Chair in Aging & Mental Health, and the Director of the Gilbrea Centre at McMaster University. Prior to that she was a Faculty member in the McGill School of Social Work. 

Dr. Grenier is an inter-disciplinary scholar focused on aging and the life course. Her research focuses on understanding the interface of public policies, organizational practices, and older people’s lived experience, with a particular focus on aging and inequality.  She has led and participated in international, national, and provincial teams on aging and care, and carried out funded research on life course transitions, social constructs of frailty, aging with a disability, home care reform, and homelessness among older people (SSHRC, ESDC, CIHR). She currently is PI of a SSHRC Insight Grant: Precarity and aging: unequal experiences in contemporary late life. (2016-2021). Her recent books include Late life homelessness: Experiences of disadvantage and unequal aging (In Press, 2021 MQUP) and Precarity and Aging: Understanding changing forms of risk and vulnerability in later life (Eds, with Phillipson and Settersten, 2020 Policy Press). 

Amanda was the recipient of the 2018 Katz Distinguished Visiting Scholar in Interdisciplinary Age Studies (Trent); and the 2017 Hallsworth Visiting Fellow, University of Manchester, UK. She serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Aging Studies as well as a number of expert advisory committees on aging. She also co-leads the Knowledge Mobilization Strand (K-MOB) of AGE-WELL National Centre of Excellence (NCE) and is a co-applicant on the Inclusive Communities for Older Immigrants SSHRC Partnership Grant (PI- Guruge).  

Graduate Student Opportunities:

Dr. Grenier’s research lab focuses on Aging and Inequality. She  welcomes students at all levels of experience and inter-disciplinary social science and humanities backgrounds with an interest in aging and qualitative research. Student research assistants and trainees will be offered opportunities to work in collaboration with ongoing research teams and networks. Former graduate students have explored topics such as aging with a disability, aging and migration, embodiment, the meaning of home in late life, transitions to retirement, to name a few. 

Additional Websites: 

International Network for Critical Gerontology

Twitter: @Amanda__Grenier 

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