Ronald Labonté

Dr. Labonté is Canada Research Chair in Globalization and Health Equity at the Institute of Population Health, and Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa. He also holds a Professorship in the Faculty of Health Sciences, Flinders University of South Australia. His current research interests include globalization as a ‘determinant of determinants’ (he chaired the Globalization Knowledge Network for the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health; see; ethics, human rights and global health development; global migration of health workers; revitalization of comprehensive primary health care; global health diplomacy; globalization and the health of Canadians; trade, tobacco transnationals and tobacco control policies; and health impacts of the trade and investment treaties. Several of these projects have involved studies in African countries, including South Africa, Kenya, Zambia, Malawi, Ethiopia and DRC. He has over 200 scientific publications and several hundred articles in popular media. His recent books include Globalization and Health: Pathways, Evidence and Policy (Routledge, 2009); Health Promotion: From Community Empowerment to Global Justice (Palgrave Macmillan. 2008); Critical Public Health: A Reader (Routledge. 2007); Health for Some: Death, Disease and Disparity in a Globalizing Era (Centre for Social Justice, 2005); and Fatal Indifference: The G8, Africa and Global Health (University of Cape Town Press/IDRC Books, 2004). He also co-edited and contributed to the e-book, Travelling Well: Essays in Medical Tourism (; and is Deputy Editor of the BMC journal, Globalization and Health. Professor Labonté is also active with the People’s Health Movement, an international network of local and global health activists, and the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research. He has also worked with public health associations provincially, nationally and internationally. Prior to his research on globalization and health, he worked as a health promotion consultant and wrote and consulted extensively on community development, empowerment, policy advocacy and other facets of community health.

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