Health In An Unequal World: A Transdisciplinary Research Network

In an increasingly connected world, the need exists for a new global ethic that explicitly describes the nature and extent of international obligations related to health and its determinants.  This three year research network brings together highly accomplished researchers in medicine, philosophy, law, population health and the social sciences to address three research questions:

  • What international obligations exist to design public policies and economic and political institutions to secure access to health for all and to eliminate inequities in such access?
  • Against the backdrop of these obligations, what are the appropriate roles and limits of markets in allocating the resources necessary for access to health?
  • What are the strengths and implications of right-based approaches to health and the social determinants of health, as a response to globalization?

Who are we?

Ronald Labonté
Professor and Canada  Research Chair (Globalization and Health Equity)
School of Epidemiology, Public Health and Preventive Medicine, University of Ottawa

Mira Johri
Professor, Deparment of Health Administration, Université de Montréal; Researcher, Institute de Recherche en Santé Publique, Université de Montréal; Researcher, Global Health Axis.

Ted Schrecker
Professor of Global Health Policy in the Centre for Public Policy & Health, Durham University.

Amir Attaran
Canada Research Chain in Law, Population Health and Global Development Policy; Associate Professor, Faculties of Law and Medicine, University of Ottawa.

Colleen O’Manique
Professor, Gender and Women’s Studies, Trent University, Peterborough.

Corinne Packer
Researcher, Globalization and Health Equity Unit, School of Epidemiology, Public Health and Preventive Medicine, University of Ottawa.

Denise Spitzer
Canada Research Chair in Gender, Migration and Health; Professor, Feminist and Gender Studies, University of Ottawa.

James Orbinski
CIGI Chair in Global Health Governance, Balsillie School of International Affairs; Professor, International Policy and Governance, Health Sciences, Wilfrid Laurier University.

Jillian Clare Cohen-Kohler
Professor, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto; Director, WHO Collaborating Centre for Governance, Transparency & Accountability in the Pharmaceutical Sector.

Stephanie Nixon
Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto; Director, International Centre for Disability and Reconciliation.

Thomas Pogge
Director, Global Justice Program; Professor of Philosophy and International Affairs, Yale University; Research director, Centre for the Study of Mind in Nature, Oslo University.

Kirsten Stoebenau
Research Assistant Professor at the Center on Health, Risk and Society,
Department of Sociology, American University, Washington, DC.

Roxanne Mykitiuk
Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University.

Ryoa Chung
Professor, Department of Philosophy, Université de Montréal.

Shree Mulay
Associate Dean and Professor, Community Health and Humanities, Memorial University.

Amy Kaler
Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Alberta.

Publications and Presentations

M. Johri, R. Chung, A. Dawson and T. Schrecker, Global health and national borders: The ethics of foreign aid in a time of financial crisisGlobalization and Health 8:19 (2012).

T. Schrecker, Interrogating scarcity: How to think about ‘resource-scarce settings’,”Health Policy& Planning (2012).

Labonté, R. and Schrecker, T. The State of Global Health in a Radically Unequal World: Patterns and Prospects.  S. Benatar and G. Brock, (eds.), Global Health and Global Health Ethics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011.

Schrecker, T., Chapman, A., Labonté, R., De Vogli, R. “Health and Human Rights Against the Marketplace: Response to Reubi Social Sciences & Medicine”, Social Sciences and Medicine 73:629-31, 2011.

Schrecker, T. Why are some settings ‘resource-poor’ and others not?  Globalization, perfect economic storms, and the right to health.Canadian Journal of Public Health, 102(3): 204-206, 2011.

Schrecker, T., Chapman, A., Labonté, R. and De Vogli, R. “Advancing health equity in the global marketplace: How human rights can help”, Social Science & Medicine 71(2010): 1520-26.

Schrecker, T. “The G8, Globalization, and the Need for a Global Health Ethic.” In S. Maclean, P. Fourie and S. Brown (eds.), Health for Some: The Political Economy of Global Health Governance. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 21-38. 2009.

Labonté, R. “Global health in public policy.” Critical Public Health. Author Posting. (c) Taylor and Francis, 2008. This is the author’s version of the work. It is posted here by permission of Taylor and Francis for personal use, not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in Critical Public Health, Volume 18 Issue 4, December 2008.

Schrecker, T. “Denaturalizing scarcity: A strategy of inquiry for public-health ethics.” Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 86(8): 600-605, 2008.