Marcia H. Rioux

Co-Investigator; Ontario Co-Lead

“There are significant numbers of people who are under and unemployed in Canada or who have precarious relationships to the labour force.  It is my expectation that we will be able to create conditions under which people with disabilities, first nations and aboriginal people, racialized people and women can participate in the labour force. “

Key Appointments

  • Distinguished Research Professor, School of Health Policy & Management MA and PhD(Critical Disability Studies) and  M.A./PhD in Health Policy and Equity at York University, Toronto, Canada.
  • Director, York Institute for Health Research
  • Teaches courses at the University of Zagreb, Croatia (core course in Critical Disability Studies) and at LaTrobe University in Melbourne Australia (Law and Disability)
  • Co-Director of Disability Rights Promotion International, a multi-year project to monitor disability rights nationally and internationally
  • Other major grants include:  Women and Disability in the Middle East; Employment Policy for persons with disabilities in Nepal, India and Bangladesh;  Partnering across Disability and Aboriginal/First Nations people in Canada; Disability in Algeria, Syria, Tunisia, and Morocco


  • PhD, Jurisprudence & Social Policy, Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley
  • MA, Sociology, Carleton University
  • BA Honours, Sociology, Carleton University

Areas of expertise

Dr. Rioux has lectured throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia. She has been an advisor to federal and provincial commissions, parliamentary committees, and international NGO's as well as United Nations agencies. She has edited a number of collected volumes and nearly 70 book chapters and articles on disability rights.  Her most recent collected volume is Critical Perspectives on Human Rights and Disability Law (Brill, 2012).  She has a forthcoming edited collection (2014) on monitoring disability rights internationally.

Research Activities

Professor Rioux’s research includes health and human rights, universal education, international monitoring of disability rights, the impact of globalization on welfare policy, literacy policy, disability policy, and social inclusion.

Contact Information

Marcia Rioux