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Ronald Labonté


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Ronald Labonté holds a Distinguished Research Chair in Globalization and Health Equity at the School of Epidemiology and Public Heath. He is Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, at the University of Ottawa, and in the Faculty of Health Sciences, Flinders University of South Australia. He is also adjunct Professor in the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology, University of Saskatchewan. Prior to his appointment in 2004 at the University of Ottawa, he was founding Director of the Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit (SPHERU), a bi-university interdisciplinary research organization that was committed to “engaged research” on population health determinants at local, national and global levels.

For the past 25 years, Ron’s work has focused on the health equity impacts of contemporary globalization. This has included reviews of globalization and health analytical frameworks undertaken for the World Health Organization, the first major study of G8 health and development commitments, policy measures to mitigate the negative health impacts of global health worker migration, the impacts of globalization on the health of Canadians, global health diplomacy (health in foreign policy), medical tourism, trade and food security, trade and tobacco control, and participatory research to advance comprehensive primary health care in many parts of the world.

Ron is a founding member of the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research, and a past board member of provincial and national public health and international health associations in Canada.  Most recently, he chaired the Globalization Knowledge Network for the World Health Organization’s Commission on the Social Determinants of Health. Ron was also a member of the research team that advised the 2002 Royal Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada on the impacts of globalization and trade on health.

Prior to his work in global health, Ron worked, consulted and published extensively on health promotion, empowerment and health, and community development for over twenty years, including 15 years employment with provincial and local Canadian governments. He continues to undertake some research and training work in local health empowerment initiatives. Much of his earlier writings in this field are still taught in many universities; and his practice models continue to be used by public health practitioners internationally.

Ron has over 300 scientific publications and several hundred articles in popular media. His recent books include Population Health in Canada: Issues, Research & Action (co-edited with Ivy Bourgeault, Corinne Packer and Vivien Runnels, Canadian Scholars Press, 2018); Achieving Health for All: Case Studies in the Struggle for Comprehensive Primary Health Care (co-edited with David Sanders, Corinne Packer and Nikki Schaay, University of Toronto Press/IDRC, 2017); Travelling Well: Essays in Medical Tourism, Ottawa (co-edited with Ray Deonandan, Corinne Packer and Vivien Runnels) (, Globalization and Health: Pathways, Evidence and Policy (co-edited with Ted Schrecker, Corinne Packer and Vivien Runnels, Routledge. 2009); Critical Public Health: A Reader (co-edited with Judith Greene, Routledge. 2007); Health Promotion: From Community Empowerment to Global Justice (co-authored with Glenn Laverack, Palgrave Macmillan. 2008); Health for Some: Death, Disease and Disparity in a Globalizing Era (co-authored with Ted Schrecker and Amit Sen Gupta, Centre for Social Justice, 2005); and Fatal Indifference: The G8, Africa and Global Health (co-authored with Ted Schrecker, David Sanders and Wilma Meeus, University of Cape Town Press/IDRC Books, 2004).

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