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Academic positions


2021- Member, Royal Society of Canada Committee on Public Engagement

2020-2024 Distinguished Visiting Professor, École Normale Supérieure

2006- Full Professor and Queen’s National Scholar, Queen’s University

2020- International Panel of Experts on Behavioral Change – G7 Microplastics

2020- Advisory Board, Posthumanities Hub, KTH Royal Institute of Technology



10/2019 G7 Microplastics Meeting, Paris, Canadian Representative

2009-2019 Director, genera Research Group (gRG), Queen’s University

10/2017 Visiting Professor, École Normale Supérieure de Lyon

2015 Distinguished Visiting Professor, Linköping University

2014 Distinguished Visiting Professor, Linköping University

2013-2014 Distinguished Visiting Professor, Lancaster University and Queen Mary University of London (Leverhulme Trust Fellowship)

05-06/2013 Distinguished Visiting Professor, Uppsala University

04/2013 IRW Distinguished Lecturer, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

01/2010-08/2012 Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Oxford University School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford, UK

05/2012 Distinguished Visiting Professor, Abo Akademi University, Turku, Finland

05/2012 Distinguished Visiting Professor, Tema Genus, Linköping University, Sweden

01/2012-04/2012 Visiting Fellow, New College, Oxford University, Oxford, UK

11/2011 Distinguished Visiting Professor, Finnish Research School on Women and Gender Studies, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland

06/2011 IAS Visiting Fellowship, Warwick University, Warwick, UK

09/2010 Distinguished Visiting Professor, Centre for Gender Research, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden

06/2008 Visiting Professor, Centre for Women’s and Gender Research, University of Bergen

2007-2008 Visiting Fellow, Lynn Margulis Laboratory, UMass Amherst, USA

2004-2006 Associate Professor and Queen’s National Scholar, Queen’s University

2000-2004 Assistant Professor, Queen’s University, Northern Ireland

July- Dec. 1999 Visiting Fellow, Sociology Dept., London School of Economics, UK

Centre for Women's Studies, Manchester University, UK

Sociology Dept., University of California at Berkeley, USA

1996-1999 Assistant Professor, Auckland University, New Zealand

1995-1996 Adjunct Professor, Oxford University, UK

Summer 1994; 1995 Adjunct Professor, St. Bonaventure University, USA

1995 Temporary Lecturer, Queen’s, Wadham and St. Catherine’s Colleges, Oxford University, UK


1996   D.Phil. Sociology. Oxford University

1992   M.S.W. McGill University

1990   B.S.W. Honours. University of Windsor

1985   B.A. University of Western Ontario

Awards and Distinctions

2015   Queen’s University Prize for Excellence in Research

2015   Entered into Canada’s Who’s Who

2014   Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

2014   Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professorship

2004   Queen’s National Scholar

1994-1996   Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

1993-1996   Overseas Research Scheme Award

1992  McGill School of Social Work Award For Excellence In Clinical Practice

1991-1992   McGill University Esther Kerry Award

Research Grants

Operating PI or Co-investigator Total = $677,113 CAD

Hird, M.J. (PI) ‘The Seed Box2: A Mistra-Formas Environmental Humanities Collaboratory’, Mistra-Formas, 2020-2022, 370,000SEK/$51,048 CAD

Hird, M.J. (PI) ‘Canada's Northern Waste Future: Colonial Legacies, Contemporary Development, and Future Opportunities’. SSHRC Insight Development Grant, 2015-2023. $73,592 CAD. (The highest scoring SSHRC award throughout Canada for the year 2015).

Hird, M.J. (PI), Rowe, R.K. and van Wyck, P. ‘Canada’s Waste Future’, SSHRC Insight Grant, 2013-2023. $344,960 CAD. (The highest SSHRC Insight award at Queen’s University in 2013).

Hird, M.J. (PI) Queen’s University Special Research Award, 2012-, $100,000 CAD.

Hird, M.J. (PI) and Rocher, L. ‘The Waste Atelier: Advancing France-Canada Waste Studies Research’, France Canada Research Fund, 2018-2023, $46,733 CAD.

Rocher, L.; (PI) Garnier, R. and Hird, M.J. (Co-investigator)‘Déchets et territoires périphériques’, Institut des Sciences de l’Homme. 2018-2022, 20,000euros/$30,390 + extension of 20,000/$30,390 CAD.


Operating Collaborator Total = $2,301,126 CAD

Santato, Clara (PI) + 10 Co-applicants + 38 Collaborators (Hird, M.J. Collaborator) ‘Collaborative Research and Training Experience in Sustainable Electronics and Eco-Design: CREATE SEED’, NSERC, 2020-2026, $1,650,000 CAD.

Holmberg, T. Ideland and Helgesson (Hird, M.J. International Partner) ‘Waste work in the sustainability economy: transforming values of biological waste’, The Swedish Research Council, 2018-2023, 4,200,000SEK/$651,126 CAD.


Completed – Total = $8,395,741 CAD

Whiteley, Louise; Benard, Adam (Hird, M.J., Collaborator) ‘Microbes on the Mind: Public Perceptions of the Implications of Microbiome Research for Mental Illness’, Velux Foundation, 2017-2021, 5,962,777kr/$1,194,730.

Åsberg, C., Hedrén, J., Neimanis, A. (Hird, M.J., Consortium Member) ‘Environmental Humanities Collaboratory’. The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research, and Formas, 2015-2019. $6,448,000 CAD.

Hird, M.J. (PI) ‘The Seed Box: A Mistra-Formas Environmental Humanities Collaboratory’, Mistra-Formas, 2017-2019, 824,000SEK/$122,255 CAD.

Croy, A. (PI), Graham, C., Tayade, C., Hird, M.J. (Co-investigator) and Smith, G.  Canada-Brazil Collaborative Research Fellowship.  Funded by Queen’s University and UNICAMP, 2011-2016, $186,000 CAD. 

Hird, M.J. Undergraduate Student Summer Research Fellowship, 2016, $6,000 CAD.

Hird, M.J. Undergraduate Student Summer Research Fellowship, 2014, $6,000 CAD.

Hird, M.J. Leverhulme Visiting Professorship, The Leverhulme Trust, 2013-2014, $28,092 CAD.

Hird, M.J. (PI) and Rowe, R.K. ‘Citizen Science Solutions to Canadian Waste Management Issues’, SSHRC Insight Development Grant, 2011-2013, $39,189 CAD.

Hird, M.J. (PI) and Weisbaum, K. ‘Health Research and Society: A Sociological Analysis of Ethical, Public Understanding and Knowledge Translation Issues’, SSHRC Standard Research Grant, 2009-2012, $89,695 CAD.

Smith, G.N. (PI), Hird, M.J. (Co-applicant) et al. ‘Improving Long-Term Maternal Health’, CIHR Café Scientifique Program, 2010, $3000 CAD.

Hird, M.J. (PI), Walker, M.J. and Smith, G. ‘Capturing the Outcomes and Impacts of Publicly Funded Health Research’, SSHRC Presidential Fund, 2008-2010, $24,963 CAD.

MacDonald, S. (PI), Hird, M.J. and Smith, G. ‘Contacting Patients for Health Research: Translating Ontario’s PHIPA Provisions into Ethical Practice’ Physicians’ Services Incorporated Foundation (PSI), 2008-2010, $97,500 CAD.

Hird, M.J. (PI) ‘Contesting neoDarwinism and the Implications for Scholarly and Public Understandings of Structures of Social Relating’. SSHRC Standard Research Grant, 2006-2009, $61,445 CAD.

Tepperman, L.(PI) and Hird, M.J. (Co-investigator) ‘The Gambling Research Community’ Ontario Problem Gambling Research Centre. 2008-2009, $18,333 CAD.

Hird, M.J. Queen’s University Travel Grant, 2005, $750 CAD.

Hird, M.J. (PI) ‘Governing Reproductive Technologies in Northern Ireland’, British Academy Research Grant, 2003, $5,789 CAD.

Hird, M.J. (PI) ‘The Trouble with Gender: A Genealogical Analysis of Transgenderism’, Faculty of Arts Award, Auckland University, 1999, $26,000 CAD.

Hird, M.J. (PI) and Abshoff, K. ‘The Choice to be Childfree: A Critical Analysis’, University of Auckland Graduate Research Fund, 1998, $5,000 CAD.

Hird, M.J. (PI) and O’Neill, T. ‘Masculinity in New Zealand: The Formation, Maintenance and Implications of Male Gender Constructs’, University of Auckland Graduate Research Fund, 1998, $5,000 CAD.

Hird, M.J. ‘Adolescent Dating Violence and the Negotiaton of Gender’, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Doctoral Fellowship, 1994-1996. $18,000 CAD.

Hird, M.J. ‘Adolescent Dating Violence and the Negotiation of Gender’, Overseas Research Scheme, 1993-1996. $9,000 CAD.

Hird, M.J. ‘Adolescent Dating Violence and the Negotiation of Gender’, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University, 1994, $1,000 CAD.

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