Julien Simard

Julien Simard is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the McGill School of Social Work. He holds a master’s degree in anthropology from the Université de Montréal and a doctorate in urban studies from INRS-UCS. His work focuses on residential precariousness in the context of gentrification, with aging people living in situations of social exclusion. His work is unique in that it is situated at the confluence of the fields of critical urban studies and social gerontology, with a particular interest in residential precariousness. Through the use of ethnography, Julien Simard seeks to make visible the major obstacles to the application of “aging in place” policies, which are energetically promoted by different levels of governance. Julien Simard is also interested at the end of life and death, particularly in the context of palliative care. He teaches in the Gerontology Certificate of the Faculty of Continuing Education (FEP) at the Université de Montréal. He has written book chapters in books published by PUL, PUQ, and elsewhere, including “Gentrification and Aging in Montreal, Quebec: Housing Insecurity and Displacement Among Older Tenants,” in J. Krase and J. De Sena (eds.), Gentrification Around the World, 37-59. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. He is also a student member of the Center for Research and Expertise in Social Gerontology (CREGÉS).