Ronald Labonté* BA MA PhD


Ronald Labonté* BA MA PhD

Distinguished Research Chair in Globalization and Health Equity

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Ronald Labonté


Ronald Labonté PhD, FCAHS, HonFFPH, is Distinguished and former Canada Research Chair in Globalization and Health Equity in the School of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Ottawa; and Professor, College of Medicine and Public Health, Flinders University, Australia. His recent research focuses on the health equity impacts of: health worker migration; medical tourism; global health diplomacy; trade, political economy and tobacco control; trade and food security; health impact assessments of trade and investment treaties; comprehensive primary health care reforms; the social determinants of health equity; health and foreign policy; and global governance of infectious disease and antimicrobial resistance. He is active with the People’s Health Movement, has consulted extensively with UN agencies, governments and civil society organizations, and is Editor-in-Chief of the BMC journal, Globalization and Health.

Recent books include Trade Agreements and Public Health: A Primer for Health Policy Makers, Researchers and Advocates (London: Palgrave, 2020); Health Equity in a Globalizing Era (Oxford University Press, 2019); Achieving Health for All: Case Studies in the Struggle for Comprehensive Primary Health Care (University of Toronto Press, 2017); Population Health in Canada: Issues, Research & Action (Canadian Scholars Press, 2017, forthcoming); Global Health (Sage Major Works, 2011); Globalization and Health: Pathways, Evidence and Policy (Routledge, 2009); Health Promotion in Action: From Local to Global Empowerment (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008); and Critical Perspectives in Public Health (London: Routledge, 2007). He is presently co-editing the 6th edition of Global Health Watch (London: Bloomsbury Press), expected to be released in late 2021 or early 2022. See for a full list of publications and research projects; or; and

Prior to his appointment at uOttawa, he was founding Director of the Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit (SPHERU), a bi-university collaboration undertaking engaged research on social determinants of health equity. Before joining academia in full time capacity, he worked for 15 years in public health settings across all three Canadian government levels, and 10 years consulting internationally.

Fields of Interest

  • Globalization and Health Equity
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