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Professor Matthias Ruth

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research)


I am Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research at the University of York, York, United Kingdom.

I hold a Masters degree in Economics from the University of Heidelberg, Germany, and a PhD in Geography from the University of Illinois, where I also received training in engineering and biology.  I spent almost a decade at Boston University and more than a decade at the University of Maryland where I was the Roy F. Weston Chair in Natural Economics and Policy Advisor on Sustainability to the Chancellor.  Following my tenure at Maryland, I joined Northeastern University, Boston, USA, where I served as Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and as the Director of the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, as well as Founding Director of the University’s Resilient Cities Laboratory.  I come to the University of York after serving first as Vice-President for Research and then as Vice-President for Research and Innovation at the University of Alberta, one of Canada’s top-five comprehensive, research-intensive universities.  There I oversaw a research budget of over £300 million annually and administrative staff of more than 220 individuals across the University’s central research and innovation operations.

My research focuses on dynamic modeling of natural resource use, industrial and infrastructure systems analysis, and environmental economics and policy. My theoretical work heavily draws on concepts from engineering, economics and ecology, while my applied research utilises methods of non-linear dynamic modeling as well as adaptive and anticipatory management. Applications of my work cover the full spectrum from local to regional, to national and global environmental challenges, as well as the investment and policy opportunities these challenges present.  I have published 20 books and over 150 papers and book chapters in the scientific literature.  I am a founder of Ecological Economics and founding Editor-in-Chief of the science journal Urban Climate, serve on the boards of numerous academic journals, scientific organisations and companies, and collaborate extensively with scientists and policy makers worldwide. 







2020-21 Expenses

Below are the travel costs and expenses for Prof Ruth (the current PVC (Research)) for the period August 2020 until July 2021. 

Matthias Ruth Expenses August 2020 - July 2021 (PDF , 527kb)

2019-20 Expenses

Below are the travel costs and expenses for Prof Ruth (the current PVC (Research)) for the period May 2020 until July 2020. 

NB: Prof Ruth joined the University in May 2020.

Matthias Ruth Expenses May - July 2020 (PDF , 78kb)

PVC (Research)

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