Amanda Grenier is a Professor in the Department of Health, Aging and Society at McMaster University (July 2017+). She is also the Gilbrea Chair in Aging and Mental Health and Director of the Gilbrea Centre for the Study of Aging.

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 social isolation among low income seniors.

Academic Positions

  • Present2017


    McMaster University, Department of Health, Aging & Society

  • 20172011

    Associate Professor

    McMaster University

  • Present2011

    Gilbrea Chair, Aging & Mental Health

    McMaster University

  • Present2011

    Director, Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging

    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

  • 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)