Arne Ruckert

Arne Ruckert is a Managing Director (Research) at the Globalization and Health Equity Research Unit, and Research Coordinator of the Global One Health Network, at the University of Ottawa. He is also the Associate Director of the OMNI-REUNIS Infectious Disease Modeling Network, at York University.

His work revolves around social determinants of health and health equity issues, and his main areas of research include the international financial institutions (IFIs) and the international aid architecture, financial crises and health equity, global health governance and health diplomacy, and COVID-19 and infectious disease modelling. Arne has worked as a policy consultant for various development organizations (including the North-South Institute, CCIC, the Halifax Initiative), international organizations (WHO), and the Canadian government (Health Canada). He is also a part-time Professor teaching courses in the School of Political Studies and the School of International Development and Global Studies (SIDGS) at the University of Ottawa.

He received a number of academic awards and honours, including the British Medical Association Book of the Year and Public Health Awards (2021), and the International Studies Association`s (ISA) Robert W. Cox Award (2008). He has co-edited various collections and has published around 100 articles in the area of global health and development, and co-authored an award-winning textbook with Oxford University Press (Health Equity in a Globalizing Era, 2019).

Arne holds an M.A. in International Relations from Queen’s University, a Diploma degree from the University of Frankfurt in Social Studies, and a PhD in Political Science from Carleton University




Labonté, R., & Ruckert, A. (2019). Health Equity in a Globalizing Era: Past Challenges, Future Prospects, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Edited Collection

Global Health Watch Collective (2021). The Alternative World Health Report, London: Zed Books.

Ruckert, A. Schram, A. and Labonté, R. (Eds.). (2018). Trade and Health, a special online collection (on-going), Globalization and Health

Labontè, R. Packer, C., and Ruckert, A. (Eds.). (2018). The Canadian Yearbook of Human Rights, Volume 2: Trade, Health and Human Rights. Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press.

Irwin, R., Labonté, R., & Ruckert, A. (Eds.). (2014). Where is the theory in global health diplomacy? Journal of Health Diplomacy, (1)2.

Bienfeld, M., & Ruckert, A. (Eds.). (2009). Poverty reform and the World Bank. Labor, Capital and Society, 42(1-2) (special double issue).

Macdonald, L., & Ruckert, A. (Eds.). (2009). Post-Neoliberalism in the Americas. London & New York, NY: Palgrave/ Macmillan


Journal Articles

Clifford Astbury C, Lee KM, Aguiar R, Ruckert, A, et al. (2022). Policies to prevent zoonotic spillover: protocol for a systematic scoping review of evaluative evidence, BMJ Open 2022;12:e058437. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-058437.

Rodrigo Caldas, M. Pereira, S., Nery,T.,  Castro-Alves, J., Penetra, S., Ruckert, A., Labonté, R, Veloso, V. (2022). COVID-19 and zoonoses in Brazil: Environmental scan of one health preparedness and response, One Health, Volume 14, 2022,

Ruckert, A., Labonté R., Lencucha R, Fastome, Goma, F., Drope, J (2022). Exploring the Political Economy Nexus of Tobacco Production and Control: A Case Study from Zambia, Critical Public Health.

Igihozo, G., Henley, P., Ruckert, A. et al. (2022). An environmental scan of one health preparedness and response: the case of the Covid-19 pandemic in Rwanda. One Health Outlook 4, 2.

Labonté, R., Wiktorowicz, M., Ruckert, A. et al. A pandemic treaty, revised international health regulations, or both?. Global Health 17, 128 (2021).

Ruckert, A., Almeida, C., Ramírez, J.,et al. (2021). “Global Health Diplomacy (GHD) and the integration of health into foreign policy: Towards a conceptual approach”, Global Public Health, Online first: doi: 10.1080/17441692.2021.1900318.

Packer, C., Halabi, S.F., Hollmeyer, H. Ruckert, A et al. (2021), A survey of International Health Regulations National Focal Points experiences in carrying out their functions. Globalization and Health, 17(25).

van Gelder N, Peterman A, Potts A, O’Donnell M, Thompson K, Shah N, Oertelt-Prigione S; Gender and COVID-19 Working group (2020). COVID-19: Reducing the risk of infection might increase the risk of intimate partner violence. EClinicalMedicine 11; 21:100348. doi: 10.1016/j.eclinm2020.100348. PMID: 32292900; PMCID: PMC7151425.

Ruckert A, Zinszer K, Zarowsky C, Labonté R, Carabin H. What role for One Health in the COVID-19 pandemic? Can J Public Health. 2020 Oct;111(5):641-644. doi: 10.17269/s41997-020-00409-z. Epub 2020 Sep 9. PMID: 32909226; PMCID: PMC7480204.

Wenham C, Smith J, Morgan R; and Gender and COVID-19 Working Group (2020). COVID-19: the gendered impacts of the outbreak. The Lancet. 2020 Mar 14;395(10227):846-848. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(20)30526-2. Epub 2020 Mar 6. PMID: 32151325; PMCID: PMC7124625.

Ruckert A, Fafard P, Hindmarch S, Morris A, Packer C, Patrick D, Weese S, Wilson K, Wong A, Labonté R. (2020). Governing antimicrobial resistance: a narrative review of global governance mechanisms. J Public Health Policy. 41(4):515-528. doi: 10.1057/s41271-020-00248-9. PMID: 32908184; PMCID: PMC7479750.

Lencucha R., Drope J., Labonte R., Cunguara B., Ruckert A., Mlambo Z., Kadungure A, Bialous S, Nhamo N. (2020). The Political Economy of Tobacco in Mozambique and Zimbabwe: A Triangulation Mixed Methods Protocol. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020 Jun 15;17(12):4262. doi: 10.3390/ijerph17124262. PMID: 32549287; PMCID: PMC7345056.

Bali S., Dhatt R., Lal A., Jama A., Van Daalen K., Sridhar D; Women in Global Health, and Gender and COVID-19 Working Group (2020). Off the back burner: diverse and gender-inclusive decision-making for COVID-19 response and recovery. BMJ Glob Health 5(5):e002595. DOI: 10.1136/bmjgh-2020-002595. PMID: 32385047; PMCID: PMC7228484.

Bischof, E., Oertelt-Prigione, S., Morgan, and Gender and COVID-19 Clinical Trials Working Group, Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(10), 3715;

Ruckert, A. Labonté, R. and Lencucha, R. (2019). Health in Canadian Foreign Policy: The Role of Norms and Security Interests, Canadian Foreign Policy Journal, 25(3): 325-341, DOI: 10.1080/11926422.2019.1642216.

Bergen, N., Ruckert, A. and Labonté, R. (2019). Monitoring Frameworks for Universal Health Coverage: What About High-Income Countries? International Journal of Health Policy and Management 8(7): 387-93. DOI: 10.15171/ijhpm.2019.21.

Bergen, N., Ruckert, A., Kulkarni, M.A., Abebe, L., Morankar, S., and Labonté, R. (2019). “Subnational Health Management and the Advancement of Health Equity: a Case Study of Ethiopia”, Global Health Research and Policy (4)12: 1-13.

Lencucha, R., Ruckert, A., Labonté, R. and Drope, J. (2018). Opening Windows and Closing Gaps: a Case Analysis of Canada’s 2009 Toboacco Additivies Ban and its Policy Lessons, BMC Public Health 18:1321.

Ramírez J., Valdivia L., Rivera E., da Silva Santos M., Sepúlveda D., Labonté R., Ruckert A. (2018). Chile’s role in Global Health Diplomacy: a Narrative Literature Review, Globalization and Health 14(1):108.

Schram, A., Ruckert, A., Labonte, R., Friel, S., and VanDuzer, T. (2018). The Internalisation of International Investment Agreements in Public Policy Making: Developing a Conceptual Framework of Regulatory Chill, Global Policy, 9(2): 193-202. doi:

Khayatzadeh-Mahani, A., Ruckert, A., Labonté, R., & Akbari Javar, M.R. (2018). Health in All Policies (HiAP) Governance: Lessons from Network Governance, Health Promotion International. doi:

Schram, A., Ruckert, A., Labonté, R. et al. (2018). A Conceptual Framework for Investigating the Impacts of International Trade and Investment Agreements on Noncommunicable Disease Risk Factors, Health Policy and Planning, 33(1): 123-136. doi:

Labonté, R. Schramm, A. and Ruckert, A. (2017). Trade, Investment and the Global Economy; Are We Entering a New Era for Health? Global Social Policy, 18(1): 28-44. doi:

Khayatzadeh-Mahani, A., Ruckert, A., Labonté, R. (2017). Could the WHO’s Framework on Engagement with Non-state Actors (FENSA) be a Threat to Tackling Childhood Obesity, Global Public Health, 13(9): 1337-1340. doi:

Ruckert, A. and Labonté, R. (2017). Health inequities in the Age of Austerity: the Need for Social Protection Policies. Social Science & Medicine, 187(1): 306-311. doi:

Khayatzadeh-Mahani, A., Breton, E., Ruckert, A. & Labonté, R. (2017). Banning Shisha Smoking in Public Places in Iran: an Analysis of Policy Failure from an Advocacy Coalition Framework Perspective, Health Policy and Planning, 32(6): 835-846. doi:

Labonté. R., Ruckert, A. and Schram, A. (2017). The TPP is Dead, Long Live the TPP? A Response to Recent Commentaries, International Journal of Health Policy and Management, (6)4: 245-47. doi:

Ruckert, A., Huynh, C. and Labonté, R. (2017). Reducing Health Inequities: Is Universal Basic Income the Way Forward? Journal of Public Health, 40(1): 3-7. doi: 10.1093/pubmed/fdx006

Khayatzadeh-Mahani, A., Ruckert, A., Labonté, R. (2017). Obesity Prevention: Co-Framing for Intersectoral ‘Buy-In’. Critical Public Health, 28(1): 4-11. doi:

Kharatzadeh-Mahani, A., Labonté, R., Ruckert, A. and deLeeuw, E. (2017). “Using sustainability as a collaboration magnet to encourage multi-sector collaborations for health”. Global Health Promotion, 1-5. doi: 10.1177/1757975916683387

Ruckert, A., Macdonald, L. and Proulx, K. R. (2017). Post-Neoliberalism in Latin America? A Conceptual Review. Third World Quarterly, 38(7): 1583-1602. doi:

Proulx, K., Ruckert, A. & Labonté, R. (2017). Canada’s flagship development priority: Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Canadian Journal of Development Studies (38)1: 39-53. doi:

Ruckert, A. and Labonté, R. (2016). The First Federal Budget under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: Addressing Social Determinants of Health (SDH)? Canadian Journal of Public Health 107(2), 212-214. doi:

Schram, A., Ruckert, A., Labonté, R. & Niller, B. (2016). Media and neoliberal hegemony: Canadian coverage of the Tran-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Studies in Political Economy 97(2): 159-174. doi:

Ruckert, A., Schram, A., Labonté, R., Friel, S., Gleeson, D., & Thow, A-M. (2016). Policy coherence, health, and the Sustainable Development Goals: A health impact assessment of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Critical Public Health (27)1: 86-96.

doi: 10.1080/09581596.2016.1178379.

Labonté, R., Schram, A., & Ruckert, A. (2016). The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement and health: Few gains, some losses, many risks. Globalization and Health, 12(1): 25-35.                doi: 10.1186/s12992-016-0166-8.

Labonté, R., Schram, A., & Ruckert, A. (2016). The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Is it everything we feared for health? International Journal of Health Policy and Management, 5(8), 487-496. doi: 10.15171/ijhpm.2016.41.

Ruckert, A., Labonté, R., Lencucha, R., Runnels, V., & Gagnon, M. (2016) Global health diplomacy: A critical review of the literature. Social Science and Medicine, 155(1): 61-72.

doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2016.03.004

Ruckert, A., Caldbick, S., & Labonté, R. (2015). Health equity in times of austerity: Ontario’s deficit in historical perspective. Canadian Review of Social Policy, 72/73, 1-34.

Ruckert, A., Schram, A., & Labonté, R. (2015). The Trans-Pacific Partnership: trading away our health?  Canadian Journal of Public Health, 106(4), e249-e251. doi: 10.17269/cjph.106.4896

Labonté, R., Cobbett, E., Orsini, Spitzer, D. , M., Schrecker, T., & Ruckert, A. (2015). Globalization and the health of Canadians: Having a job is the most important thing. Globalization and Health, 11(1): 19-35. doi: 10.1186/s12992-015-0104-1

Ruckert A., & Labonté, R. (2014). Public private partnerships in global health: The good, the bad and the ugly. Third World Quarterly, 35(9), 1598-1614. doi:10.1080/01436597.2014.970870

Runnels, V., Labonté, R., & Ruckert, A. (2014). Global health diplomacy: Barriers to inserting health into Canadian foreign policy. Global Public Health, 9(9): 1080-1092.

doi: 10.1080/17441692.2014.928740

Irwin, R., Labonté, R., & Ruckert, A. (2014). Where is the theory in global health diplomacy? Editor’s introduction. Journal of Health Diplomacy, 1(2), 1-4.

Caldbick, S., Labonté, R., Mohindra, K., & Ruckert, A. (2014). Globalization and the rise of precarious employment: The new frontier of workplace health promotion. Global Health Promotion, 21(2): 23-31. doi: 10.1177/1757975913514781

Ruckert, A., & Labonté, R.  (2014). The global financial crisis and health equity: Early experiences from Canada. Globalization and Health, 10(1): 2-17. doi: 10.1186/1744-8603-10-2

Ruckert, A. (2013). Global health governance after the financial crisis: Making health equity matter. Canadian Foreign Policy Journal, 19(3): 340-353. doi:10.1080/11926422.2013.844187

Ruckert, A. (2012, September/October). The federal and Ontario budgets of 2012: What’s in it for health equity? Canadian Journal of Public Health, 103(5), 373-5.

doi: 10.17269/cjph.103.3349

Ruckert, A., & Labonté, R. (2012). The global financial crisis and health equity: Towards a conceptual framework. Critical Public Health, 22(3), 267-79. doi:10.1080/09581596.2012.685053

Ruckert, A., & Labonté, R. (2012). The financial crisis and global health: The IMF’s policy response. Health Promotion International. doi:10.1093/heapro/das016

Labonté, R., & Ruckert, A. (2012). The Commission on macroeconomics and health: Was it the right recipe? The Lancet, 378(9807), 1902-03. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(11)61785-6

Ruckert, A. (2011). The World Bank and the transformations of neoliberalism: The poverty reduction strategy of Honduras. Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, 36(70).

Ruckert, A. (2010). The forgotten dimension of social reproduction: The World Bank and the poverty reduction paradigm.  Review of International Political Economy, 17(5), 816-839. doi:10.1080/09692291003712113

Ruckert, A. (2009). A decade of poverty reduction strategies: The World Bank and social policy reform in Latin America? Labor, Capital, and Society, 42(1-2), 56-81.

Bienefeld, M., & Ruckert, A. (2009). Introduction to special issue: A decade of poverty reform at the World Bank. Labor, Capital, and Society, 42(1-2), 4-31.

Ruckert, A. (2007). Producing neoliberal hegemony? An analysis of the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) of Nicaragua. Studies in Political Economy, 79, 91-118. doi: 10.1080/19187033.2007.11675093

Mouelhi, M., & Ruckert, A. (2007). Ownership and participation: The limitations of the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) Approach. Canadian Journal of Development Studies, 28(2), 271-84. doi: 10.1080/02255189.2007.9669206

Ruckert, A. (2007). Towards an inclusive-neoliberal regime of development: From the Washington to the post-Washington consensus. Labor, Capital, and Society, 39(1), 34-67.

Working Papers

Ruckert, A. et al (2016). There are those who globalize, and then those who are globalized:  Canadian accounts of globalization (Globalization and Health Equity Working Paper Series, University of Ottawa).

Ruckert, A. (2012). The Financial crisis and health equity: Key pathways and policy challenges,

(Exchange Working Paper Series, 3(3)). Retrieved from PHIRN website:

Book Chapters

Khayatzadeh-Mahani, A., Ruckert, A., Labonté, R. (2017). Global Health Diplomacy. In K. Lee, K. and C. McInnes (Eds.). The Oxford Handbook of Global Health Politics, Oxford: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190456818.001.0001

Ruckert, A. et al (2017). Inequities in housing and the health of recent immigrants to Canada. In I.L. Bourgeault, R. Labonté, C. Packer, & V. Runnels (Eds.), Population Health in Canada: Issues, Research & Action. Toronto: Canadian Scholars Press.

Ruckert, al (2017). Global health diplomacy: A critical review. In P. Buss & S. Tobar (Eds.), Global Health and Health Diplomacy: Latin-American Perspectives. Rio de Janeiro: Fiocruz (reprint of published journal article).

Ruckert, A. Labonté, R. Parker, R. (2015). The international financial institutions, structural adjustment, and poverty reduction. In J. Steans & D. Tepe (Eds.), Handbook on Gender in World Politics. London: Edward Elgar Publishing. doi:

Macdonald, L. & Ruckert A. (2015). Continental shift: Rethinking Canadian aid to the Americas. In S. Brown & D. Black (Eds.), Rethinking Canadian Aid. Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press.

Labonté, R. & Ruckert, A. (2015). Austerity lite? Health equity and the neoliberal capture of Canada. In G. Boychuk, R. Mahon, & S. McBride (Eds.), After ’08: Social Policy and the Global Financial Crisis. Vancouver: UBC Press.

Ruckert, A., Labonté, R., & Parker, R.H. (2015). Global healthcare policy: Structural adjustment and the austerity agenda. In E. Kuhlmann, R.H. Blank, I.L. Bourgeault, & C. Wendt (Eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Healthcare Policy and Governance. London: Palgrave/Macmillan.

Ruckert, A. (2014). From the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) to the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD): A critical overview of Canadian development assistance. In collective authorship, Global Health Watch 4: An alternative world health report.

Ruckert, A., & Labonté, R. (2014). The social determinants of health. In G. Brown, G. Yamey & S. Wamala (Eds.), The Handbook of Global Health Policy. New York: Wiley-Blackwill.

Macdonald, L., & Ruckert, A. (2010). The post-neoliberal mix: State practices in Latin America’s Big Three. In Social Watch Canada, A Remarkable Turning Point: Post-neoliberal Latin America under the Shadow of Obama. Toronto: Robarts Centre.

Ruckert, A. (2009). The World Bank and the poverty reduction strategy of Nicaragua. In L. Macdonald & A. Ruckert (Eds.), Post-Neoliberalism in the Americas: Beyond the Washington Consensus. London & New York: Palgrave/Macmillan.

Macdonald, L., & Ruckert, A. (2009). Post-neoliberalism in the Americas: An introduction. In L. Macdonald & A. Ruckert (Eds.), Post-Neoliberalism in the Americas: Beyond the Washington Consensus, London & New York: Palgrave/Macmillan.

Macdonald, L., & Ruckert, A. (2009). Afterword: Post-neoliberal politics and pathways. In L. Macdonald & A. Ruckert (Eds.), Post-Neoliberalism in the Americas: Beyond the Washington Consensus, London & New York: Palgrave/Macmillan.

Ruckert, A. (2008). Making sense of the development assistance committee: Towards an inclusive neoliberal world development order. In S. McBride & R. Mahon (Eds.), The OECD and Transnational Governance. Vancouver: UBC Press.


Review Articles

Ruckert, A. (2009). [Review of the book The New Political Economy of Development, by R. Kiely]. Canadian Journal of Development Studies (CJDS), 28(3-4).

Ruckert, A. (2008). [Review of the book Development, Democracy, and Welfare States: Latin America, East Asia, and Eastern Europe, by S. Haggard & R. R. Kaufman]. Latin American Politics and Society, 50(4).

Ruckert, A. (2008). [Review of the book Kicking Away the Ladder: Development Strategy in Historical Perspective, by H.J. Chang]. Capital, Labor, and Society, 41(1).

Ruckert, A. (2007). [Review of the book Development Beyond Neoliberalism? Governance, Poverty Reduction and Political Economy, by D. Craig & D. Porter]. Canadian Journal of Political Science, 40(4).


Articles and Blogs

Schram, A., Labonté, R., & Ruckert, A. (2016, February 3). Philip Morris v Australia: A crushing blow to Big Tobacco or a deferral of sentencing for plain packaging? Healthy Policies. Retrieved from

Labonté, R. & Ruckert, A. (2016, February 9). Canada should reject the trade deal. The Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved from

Labonté, RA Ruckert, & A Schram. (2016, February 9). The verdict is in: The TPP is a threat to the well-being of Canadians [Web log comment]. Retrieved from

Labonté, R., & Ruckert, A. (2015, October 5). TPP needs close scrutiny. The Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved from

Ruckert, A. & R Labonté. (2015, September 30). The Trans-Pacific Partnership threatens the health of Canadians. [Web log comment]. Retrieved from

Ruckert, A. & R Labonté, & A Schram. (2015, July 15). The final push: The TPP and Canada. [Web log comment].  Retrieved from

Ruckert, A. (2015, January). Global health diplomacy: What is it and why does it matter? Diplomacy Mag, 1.

Macdonald, L., & Ruckert, A. (2009, November). A new role for Canada in the hemisphere: Canada’s Americas strategy. Nexos, 4(10).

Ruckert, A. (2006, January/February). The ‘new’ World Bank: Poverty reduction or public relations strategies? Relay, 9.


Commissioned Research Reports and Briefs

WHO Commissioned Brief (2021). One Health as a Pillar for a Transformative Pandemic Treaty. Ruckert, A. Gonçalo das Neves C. Amuasi J. Hindmarch S. Brux C. Winkler A. Carabin, H. Geneva: Global Health Institute.

Global One Health Network (2021). The Canadian Policy Response to COVID-19: What’s in it for Health Equity?, Ruckert, A. Shedeed, E., Hillier, S. amd Labonte, R. Available at:

World Health Organization (2018). Universal Health Coverage in High-Income Countries: A Literature Review and Document Analysis [Geneva]. Ruckert, A. & Bergen, N.

Health Canada. (2014). Emerging trends in global health: A scoping review and gap analysis. [Ottawa]: Labonté, R., Ruckert, A., & Vivien Runnels.

World Health Organization (WHO). (2012). Global forces shaping the social determinants of health in the WHO europe region. Final report of the global influences working group to the WHO Europe. [Geneva]: Labonté, R. & Ruckert, A.

Halifax Initiative and the North South Institute. (2009). What’s missing in the response to the global financial crisis? Rethinking the international financial system during a time of crisis. [Halifax]: Ruckert, A.