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Chung, Ryoa

Research Fellow

  • Professor at the Department of philosophy


  • Telephone 514-343-6111 #36573 Pav. 2910 EDOUARD-MONTPETIT \ Ext. 318
Chung, Ryoa


Ryoa Chung is an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the Université de Montréal. She was a visiting doctoral student at the École Normale Supérieure de Fontenay/St-Cloud (Paris, 1997), and completed her PhD in Philosophy at the Université de Montréal (2001) under the supervision of Daniel M. Weinstock. She was a visiting scholar at Columbia University (2002) and the Harvard School of Public Health (2003). She received an award for Teaching Excellence in 2005 (Prix d'excellence enenseignement de la FAS 2005 - secteur lettres et sciences humaines).  

Her fields of research are ethics in international relations and applied political philosophy, particularly in the field of global health. She is also interested in feminist perspectives in the field of international ethics. With a group of colleagues, she co-founded the Réseau de perspectives féministes à Université de Montréal and contributed to the creation of the undergraduate program « mineure en études féministes, des genres et des sexualités » (2017).

She published in such journals as Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, Public Health Ethics, Canadian Journal of Philosophy, Revue internationale de sociologie, and Medicine, Conflict and Survival (2017) and in collective works including Questions d'éthique contemporaine (L. Thiaw-Po-Une, ed., Stock, 2006) and Bioethics in Canada (C. Weijer, A. Skelton and S. Brennan, eds, Oxford University Press, 2013). Chung is the author of the entries ‘Injustices épistémiques’ and ‘Inégalités de santé’ in Dictionnaire des inégalités et de justice sociale (P. Savidan, ed., Presses universitaires de France, 2018). She is also the author of the 'Soft Power' and 'Domination' entries in the Global Justice Encyclopedia (D. Chatterjee, ed., Springer, 2012).

With Matthew R. Hunt, she co-wrote the chapter ‘Justice and Health Inequalities in Humanitarian Crises: Structured Health Vulnerabilities’ and 'Natural Disasters in Health Inequalities and Global Justice' (P. T. Lenard and C. Straehle co-eds, Edinburgh University Press, 2012). She published papers with co-authors L. Eckenwiler and C. Straehle in Bioethics, and with co-authors M. Johri, A. Dawson, T. Schrecker in Globalization and Health. She also published in collaboration with Hunt, Durocher, Henrys, Rochon in Journal of Medical Ethics (2017), Journal of Human Rights Practice (2016). With Jean-Baptiste Jeangène Vilmer, she co-edited the book Éthique des relations internationales (Presses universitaires de France, 2013).  Other accepted publications forthcoming in 2019-2020.

Since 2017, she is a monthly columnist for the radio show « Les Éclaireurs » on Radio-Canada Première and discusses social issues from public ethics perspective. Chung presented academic talks in Canada, United States, Haïti, France, Germany, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Cameroun, India, Danemark.

She is currently working on the critical relation between structural injustice and epistemic injustice in order to examine the production and perpetuation of health inequalities. She is also working on the notion of « structural health vulnerability » (developped with M. Hunt, McGill) in the case of refugees health. She is a member of an international research team funded by the Wellcome Trust (2018-2019). Her work is published both in English and in French and was funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (research team grant 2011-2016), and is currently funded by the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Insight Development grant (PI, research team grant, 2018-2020), and by the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Insight grant (individual grant 2018-2022).

Areas of expertise


  • Chung R. (2013)  « Théories idéale et non idéale en relations internationales », chapitre 2 dans Éthique des relations internationales, Jeangène Vilmer J-B. & Chung R. (co-dir), Paris : Presses Universitaires de France.

  • Chung R. (2013) « Domination and Destitution. Case study: the HIV-AIDS pandemics in Sub-Saharan Africa » (2005) reproduit dans l’anthologie Bioethics in Canada, C. Weijer, A. Skleton, S. Brennan (co-eds.), Oxford University Press.  

  • Chung R. (2012) « A Theoretical Framework for a Comprehensive Approach to Medical Humanitarianism», Public Health Ethics, 5 (1), pp. 49-55.

  • Chung R. (2006) « Éthique internationale. Dossier – Approches normatives des relations internationales », Questions d’éthique contemporaine, L. Thiaw-Po-Une (dir.), Paris, Stock,pp. 677-695.

  •  Chung R. (2002) « L’emploi de la force dans le cadre conceptuel du paradigme cosmopolitique en éthique  internationale», Annuaire Français de Relations Internationales, J.-J. Roche (dir.), Centre Thucydide, Paris, vol. 3, pp.330-343.

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