After obtaining her B.A. in social work at the University of Quebec at Montreal (Canada 1986) and working as a community activist for several years, Geneviève decided to continue her studies at the University of Montreal, where she earned a M.A. and a Ph.D. in sociology. Her Ph.D. thesis (Canada 1998) combined her interest in the social introduction of new procreation technologies with her interest in lay knowledge and action. Her work showed that: 1) lay knowledge of procreation technologies is complex and diverse; 2) the foundation of this lay knowledge is similar to that which structures scientific knowledge; and 3) procreation is often “renaturalized,” even modified, by women using these technologies.
In 2002, Geneviève joined Pascale Lehoux at the GRIS (Interdisciplinary Health Research Group) as a research assistant. Health technologies and lay knowledge continue to be major themes in her research activities.