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Canada Excellence Research Chair in Health Equity and Community Wellbeing; Professor, School of Disability Studies, Toronto Metropolitan University

Professor Karen Soldatic is a leading international scholar of disability, marginality and global inequality. Her research uses a broad lens to explore how social, cultural and political factors influence health and community wellbeing. She has extensive expertise collaborating directly with marginalized communities that experience poor health outcomes due to intensive social, emotional, cultural and economic inequality. Over the years, her unique empirical work has helped bridge numerous divides, resulting in diverse communities gaining more equitable access to disability, health and social service institutions across Australia, South Asia and South-East Asia.

Her work is internationally renowned and impactful in informing global disability and inequality policy debates, advocacy, and research.

Through numerous projects, she has developed long-term partnerships with industry, public institutions and service providers across scale. These partnerships comprise a wide range of organizations including:

1. Large multinational corporations such as Microsoft UK
2. Global macro policy institutes such as NATO, United Nations and Minority Rights Group
3. Small, precariously funded service providers such as Diversity Arts Australia, Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association, BlaQ Aboriginal Corporation and the National Centre for Indigenous Excellence.


  • 2024–present
    Canada Excellence Research Chair, Health Equity and Community Wellbeing, School of Disability Studies, Faculty of Community Services, Toronto Metropolitan University
  • 2022–2024
    Professor, Institute for Culture and Society, School of Social Sciences, Western Sydney University
  • 2018–2021
    Associate professor, Institute for Culture and Society, School of Social Sciences, Western Sydney University
  • 2016–2019
    ARC DECRA Fellow, Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University
  • 2014–2016
    National Director of Teaching, Centre for Social Impact, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
  • 2012–2014
    Lecturer, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
  • 2010–2012
    Lecturer in Disability Rights, Curtin University of Technology


  • 2010 
    UWA, PhD

Professional Memberships

  • The Australian Sociological Association