Dr. Ronald Labonté

Dr. Ronald Labonté
Dr. Ronald Labonté
Professor Emeritus



Ronald Labonté is Professor Emeritus and former Distinguished Research Chair in Globalization and Health Equity in the School of Public Health and Epidemiology, University of Ottawa. For the past 30 years his research has focused on the health equity impacts of diverse globalization processes, on topics ranging from 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 an Editor-in-Chief of the BMC journal, Globalization and Health.

Recent books include Global Health Watch 6: in the shadow of the pandemic (London: Bloomsbury Press, 2022); 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, awarded Book of the Year by the British Medical Association in 2021); 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); 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).

Research interests

  • Globalization and Health Equity