Minerva Rivas Velarde

Group Leader


Minerva Rivas Velarde is a Group Leader, she received in 2020 an Ambizione Grant which is a highly competitive advanced career support grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation. Her research group is affiliated with the HI5LAB: Health Informatics for Innovation, Integration, Implementation and Impact lab, as well as, the biomedical ethics research group. She is also lead research partner in a collaborative project with EssentialTech at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne to develop affordable assistive technology. Furthermore, she is member of the Editorial Board of the Swiss journal of Biomedical Ethics Bioethica Forum.

Prior to this post, Minerva was a research fellow at the Institute of Ethics, History, and Humanities (IEH2) of the Faculty of Medicine of Geneva, 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 was also a project leader in a collaborative project between the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Universidad del Rosario and 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-lead the 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.



  • Disability and intersectionality 
  • ICT accessibility
  • Biomedical ethics
  • Disability studies and global health
  • Assistive Technology


Selected journals 

  • Rivas Velarde M, Lord J, Stain M, Shakespeare T (2021)  Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration in Colombia: Lost Human Rights Opportunities for Ex-Combatants with Disabilities, Journal of Human Rights (in-print)
  • Martin A. and Rivas Velarde M (2020) Discussing ethical issues arising from disability, Bioethica Forum, Swiss Journal of Biomedical EthicsVolume 13 / No. 1, p3-5
  • Chavarria M,  Mugeere A,  Schönenberge K1, Hurst S, Rivas Velarde M (2021) Design Approaches for Creating person-centered, context sensitive, and sustainable assistive technology for personal mobility in the Global South , Ed Michael Ashley Stein & Jonathan Lazar  Accessible Technology And The Developing World, Oxford University Press. (in-print)
  • Rivas Velarde M (2021) Remodelling disability from an Indigenous perspective, The Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of Disability Ed. Pettinicchio D, Brown R - Oxford University (in-print)
  • Burkardt, A. D., Krause, N., & Rivas Velarde, M. (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), 1-10.
  • Rivas Velarde (2018) Indigenous Perspectives of Disability. In: Disability Studies Quarterly, 2018, vol. 38, n° 4.


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