Adolf D. Ratzka, Ph.D. - C.V. (curriculum vitae)

Adolf D. Ratzka, PhD                  Curriculum Vitae

Photo of Adolf Ratzka's face

Born 1943, married, one daughter, user of personal assistance, ventilator and power chair since 1961.

Academic Degrees

University of California, Los Angeles
          Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
          Master of Science in Business Administration
          Ph.D. in Urban Land Economics
University of Stockholm
          fil kand in Psychology

Professional Appointments

1993 -        Founder and Director, Institute on Independent Living, Sweden
1995 - 96   Representative of Sweden, HELIOS Program, European Union
1994 / 95   Visiting Professor, Disability Studies, University of Costa Rica
1986 - 94   Associate Coordinator, CIB  W 84 Building Non-Handicapping Environments
1978 - 94   Research Economist, School of Architecture, Royal Institute of Technology,

Research Interests

Policy development and practice of de-institutionalization through personal assistance
Cost-benefit analysis of accessibility in housing and public buildings
Land Economics (up to 1982)

Community Service

1994 - 03  Member of Advisory Council, Disability Rights Advocates, Berkeley, California
1994 - 02  Council Member, Swedish Ombudsman on Disability Issues
1989 - 92  Founding chair of ENIL, the European Network on Independent Living
1985          Fellow, World Institute on Disability, Oakland, California
1984 - 95  Founder and chair STIL, Stockholm Cooperative for Independent Living

Lectured on disability and self-determiniation issues in over 30 countries.

Participated in United Nations Expert Seminars on disability as invited expert/resource person on Independent Living in Vienna, Stockholm, Estonia, Finland, Beijing, and Costa Rica.

Service to the Field

Distinguished Fellow, Review of Disability Studies, University of Hawaii
Overseas Editor, Disability & Society
Scientific Advisory Board, Hungarian Quarterly on Disability Studies
International Advisory Council, Ecoplan

Interviews and Pofiles

2009    Interview with Adolf Ratzka during ENIL's Strasbourg Freedom Drive by Dr. Paul Durke

1970    Adolf Ratzka as a student at University of California, Los Angeles interviewed by filmmaker Werner Herzog


European Citizen Award 2008
Dr. Ratzka was recognized by TIME magazine in their Special Winter 98/99 edition "Visions of Europe" as a "European Visionary"

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Home Address

Peterséns Väg 2, 127 41 Stockholm - Skärholmen, Sweden Tel +46-8-740 42 00
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