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Amanda Grenier is a Professor in the Factor Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto. She is also the Norman and Honey Schipper Chair in Gerontological Social Work and a Senior Scientist at the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest Hospital.

Dr. Grenier has expertise in social and critical gerontology. Her work explores taken-for-granted assumptions about aging, the ways in which concepts are enacted in policy and practice contexts, and how such frames may or may not ‘fit’ with the experiences of marginalized groups. She draws primarily on qualitative research methods including discourse analysis, ethnography, and narrative interviewing. She has conducted funded research on frailty, aging with a disability, and homelessness and aging. In addition to these topics, she has published on transitions and the lifecourse, and conceptual approaches to aging and late life. She has played a key role in national, international and local research networks on aging, and runs the blog International Network for Critical Gerontology. Her current projects include precarious aging and consent among people living with dementia.

Academic Positions

  • Present2019


    Factor Inwentash Faculty of Social Work and Baycrest Hospital

  • Present2019

    Norman and Honey Schipper Chair in Gerontological Social Work

    University of Toronto

  • 20202017


    McMaster University, Department of Health, Aging & Society

  • 20202011

    Gilbrea Chair, Aging & Mental Health

    McMaster University

  • 20202011

    Director, Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging

    McMaster University

  • 20172011

    Associate Professor

    McMaster University

  • 20122009

    Associate Professor, School of Social Work

    McGill University

  • 20092004

    Assistant Professor, School of Social Work

    McGill University

Education & Training

  • Post-doctoral Fellow 2003

    Centre on Social Gerontology/School of Social Relations

    Keele University, Staffordshire, UK

  • Doctor of Philosophy 2002

    Social Work and Social Policy

    McGill University & Université de Montréal, Montréal, QC, Canada

  • Master of Social Work 1998

    Dean’s Honour List

    McGill University, Montréal, QC, Canada

  • Bachelor of Social Work 1997


    University of Windsor, Windsor, ON, Canada

Honors and Awards

  • 2018-2019
    Katz Distinguished Scholar in Interdisciplinary Age Studies, Trent University
  • 2017-2018
    Hallsworth Visiting Professor, The University of Manchester, UK
  • 2009-2010
    Honorary Research Fellow, Keele University, UK (The Leverhulme Trust)
  • 2003 - 2004
    Postdoctoral Fellowship, Fonds Québecois de recherche sur la société et la culture (FQRSC)
  • 1999 – 2002
    Doctoral Fellowship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)