Amanda Grenier

Dr. Amanda Grenier

Principal Investigator


As project lead Dr. Grenier (Chair and Director of the Gilbrea Centre) brings recognized international expertise in social gerontology, and a wealth of experience in community level research.  Her scholarship focuses on the intersections between policy frameworks and lived experiences.  She specializes in narrative and ethnographic methodologies and has worked with frail older women, older people who are homeless, and people with disabilities. 

2011 – Present: Gilbrea Chair in Aging and Mental Health, McMaster University
2011 – Present: Director, Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging, McMaster University
  • Grenier, A., Lloyd, L., and Phillipson, C. (In Press, 2017). Precarity in late life: Rethinking dementia as a ‘frailed’ old age. Journal Sociology of Health and Illness ( , pages TBD.)
  • Grenier, A. (2015). Transitions, time and later life. In J. Twigg & Wendy Martin (Eds.), Handbook of cultural gerontology (pp. 404–410). London: Routledge.
  • Raymond, E., and Grenier, A. (2015). Social participation at the intersection of old age and lifelong disabilities: Illustrations from a Photo-Novel Project.  Journal of Aging Studies, 35, 190-200.
  • Grenier, A. & Guberman, N. (2009). Creating and sustaining disadvantage: the relevance of a social exclusion framework. Health & Social Care in the Community, 17(2), 116-124. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2524.2007.00804.x
  • Grenier, A. (2012). Transitions and the lifecourse: Contested models of ‘growing old’. Bristol: Policy Press (Ageing and the Lifecourse Series).

  • Grenier, A., Barken, R., Sussman, T., Rothwell, D., Bourgeois-Guérin, V., Lavoie, J-P. (2016). A literature review of homelessness and aging: Suggestions for a policy and practice-relevant research agenda. Canadian Journal on Aging, 35 (1), 1-14. doi: 10.1017/S0714980815000616


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