Minerva Rivas Velarde
Collaboratrice scientifique (FNS)
Minerva Rivas Velarde Research Fellow at the Institute of Ethics, History, and Humanities (IEH2) of the Faculty of Medicine of Geneva. She is also a guest editor of The Swiss journal of Biomedical Ethics Bioethica Forum. Recently a Visiting Fellow at the Petrie-Flom Center in Harvard Law School and visiting Professor at Faculty of Medicine of the Universidad del Rosario in Colombia. She had recently been awarded Ambizione Grant, a highly competitive advanced career support grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation to work on how ICTs can enhance health care accessibility for persons with disabilities.
Minerva previously was a project leader in a collaborative effort between the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Universidad del Rosario and University of Geneva looking at social inclusion for ex-combatants with disabilities. Prior to this post, she was senior researcher in medical informatics, at the University of Geneva. Minerva has also collaborated with the World Health Organization, the Pan American Health Organization, the International Labour Organization and Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Before moving to Geneva at The University of Sydney she co-leadthe design, implementation and coordination of the first tertiary educational program in Australia for people with intellectual disability at Sydney University and lecture at Menzies Centre for Health Policy in Global Health and Disability policy.
Member of biomedical ethics research group
Member of BEHALF, a collaborative effort between the University of Geneva and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich to Develop an ethical framework for big data uses in health research in Switzerland.
Global health governance and biomedical ethics
Disability studies and global health
Assistive robotics in the lives of persons with disability
Ethics 1-4 seminars of Module 3, Neurosciences Unit
CMA forensic and ethical medicine seminars
Burkardt, A. D., Krause, N., & Rivas Velarde, M. C. (2019). Critical success factors for the implementation and adoption of e-learning for junior health care workers in Dadaab refugee camp Kenya. Human resources for health, 17(1), 98. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12960-019-0435-8
Peer Reviewed Scientific Journals
RIVAS VELARDE, Minerva, GARZON DIAZ, karim, SHAKESPEARE, Thomas. Social participation and inclusion of ex-combatants with disabilities in Colombia. In: Disability and the Global South, 2019, vol. 6, n° 2, p. 1736-1755. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:121342
Rivas Velarde, Obrien, P, Parmenter, T, (2018) “The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its implications for the health and wellbeing of indigenous peoples with disabilities: A comparison across Australia, Mexico and New Zealand’ Disability and the Global South, Vol. 5 No.2. https://dgsjournal.org/ P 1430-1449. ISSN 2050-7364
Rivas Velarde (2018) Indigenous perspectives of Disability, Disability Studies Quarterly, Vol 38, No 4
Rivas Velarde (2017) Addressing Double Layers of Discrimination as Barriers to Health Care: Indigenous Peoples with Disabilities, Journal of Indigenous Studies and First Nations and First Peoples’ Cultures, Vol. 1, No. 2, 2017 p, 267-276, DOI: 10.5325/aboriginal.1.2.0269
Rivas Velarde M. (2014)The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its implications for the health and wellbeing of indigenous peoples with intellectual disabilities, Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities. Volume: 27 Issue, 316-319. doi.org/10.1111/jar.12107
Robson, D.; Dickson, R.; Knox, M.; Gore, C. and Rivas Velarde, M. An Evaluation of the Impact of Person Centred Planning, Intellectual Disability Australasia, Vol. 33, No. 1, Mar 2012: 3-6. Availability: https://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=144743476748573;res=IELNZC
Book Chapters and Monographs
Rivas Velarde M (2019) Understanding professional health education for refugees: health systems approach, Systems Thinking for Global Health Ed. Mannan H. Vallieres F. Book- Oxford University forthcoming.
Rivas Velarde M. (2015) Indigenous People with Disabilities - Access to Training and Employment, International Labour Organization, Geneva Switzerland. 28 August 2015, Available at http://www.ilo.org/skills/pubs/WCMS_396412/lang--en/index.htm
Rivas Velarde M (2015) Draft of the - Thematic Study of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on the rights of persons with disabilities under article 11 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, on situations of risk and humanitarian emergencies, for the UN Human Rights Council, 30 November 2015, A/HRC/31/30, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/56c42c744.html
Rivas Velarde M.(2015) Social Protection for Indigenous Persons with Disabilities, the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), Experts Commentaries. Available at http://socialprotection-humanrights.org/expertcom/social-protection-for-indigenous-persons-with-disabilities/
Rivas Velarde, M. (2015). The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its
implications for the health and wellbeing of indigenous peoples with disabilities. (PhD),
Peter Lang Publishing Group.
Rivas Velarde M. O’Brien, P. (2013) Inclusive Education at the University of Sydney – Tertiary Education for People with Intellectual Disability. Research Report to the Australian department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care, NSW. Centre for Disability Studies, Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney. pp. 70
Dickson, R., Knox, M., Gore, C. & Rivas Velarde, M. (2012). Measuring Quality of Life following the implementation of a person centred approach. Research commissioned to CDS for Civic Residential Services, Sydney. The Centre for Disability Studies, School of Medicine, University of Sydney, pp.206
Brien, P., Pryor, J., Harman, A., Rivas Velarde, M., & Nicholl, B. (2010). Innovative models, housing design and home modification for people with acquired brain injury: A literature review and environmental scan. Sydney, Australia: University of Sydney, Centre for Disability Studies (CDS) & Rehabilitation Nursing Research & Development Unit, pp.142
O’Brien P., Rivas Velarde M., Murphy D., Curry P., Brunkard E. (2009) Critiquing the involvement of service users in monitoring/inspection of service. Research report commissioned by Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA). Ireland. National Institute for Intellectual Disability, Trinity College Dublin. Outcomes are available at https://www.hiqa.ie/resource-centre/care-providers/inspection
Colloquia, Conferences and Media.
Rivas Velarde M. (2018) Cinquante ans de conflit en Colombie: quel avenir pour les personnes handicapées? Le Courrier, available at https://lecourrier.ch/2018/08/28/cinq-ans-de-conflit-en-colombie-quel-avenir-pour-les-personnes-handicapees/
Rivas Velarde M. (2015) The United Nations 14th session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII). Indigenous People with Disabilities - Access to Training and Employment. 20 April – 1 May 2015 New York, USA.
O’Brien, P. Doukakis E, Rivas Velarde M., Gadow F., Lally N. (2012) Inclusive education in the tertiary sector: the Sydney experience. The Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability. 7-9 November 2012, Wellington, New Zealand –
Robson, D., Dickson, R., Gore, C. & Rivas Velarde, M. (2011). An evaluation of the impact of person centred planning on quality of life for people with a disability. Presented at the 46th Australasian ASID Conference, Stamford Grand Hotel, Glenelg, South Australia 9-11 November
Rivas Velarde M. & O’Brien P. (2011) Public Health and Indigenous People with Disabilities, Word Disability Report Conference , World Health organisation and the University of Sydney, 4 December, Sydney Australia.
Rivas Velarde M (2011) The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its implications for the health and wellbeing of Indigenous peoples with disabilities, Disability Studies: Every Body in Inaugural Conference. University of Otago, Dunedin, 27 -30 November New Zealand
Rivas Velarde M. (2011) Critiquing the involvement of service users in monitoring/inspection of residential services, Australasian Evaluation Society International Conference,1-3 September, Sydney Australia.
Rivas Velarde M. (2010) NDS/DPV Disability & Human Rights Conference “involvement strategy” for users of residential care services in Ireland, 22 -23 March 2011 Dublin, Ireland.
Rivas Velarde M. & O, Brien 2011 ‘Involvement Strategy’ for users of residential care services in Ireland Conference Organized by National Disability Service (NDS). Melbourne Australia March, 2011.
Rivas Velarde M. & O’Brien P.(2009) Critiquing the involvement of service users in monitoring/ inspection of services Presented at the 9th Seattle Club Conference for researchers in intellectual & developmental disabilities in the UK and Republic of Ireland. London 7-8 December, Uk.
Rivas Velarde M. & Conneely C. (2009) Creating a message and building a change, Presented at the 9th Seattle Club Conference for researchers in intellectual & developmental disabilities in the UK and Republic of Ireland. London 7-8 December 2009, Uk.