Ruth is the Senior researcher on Influencing and its Effectiveness. She has an interdisciplinary background and a long experience working as a researcher, policy advisor and practitioner on humanitarian, development and environmental issues.
Prior to rejoining Oxfam she worked for 5 years at the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford, researching low carbon issues such as community energy, change theories and strategies, co-benefits and climate justice issues. Before that she worked as an independent consultant to a range of organisations evaluating their campaigns and providing advice on participatory monitoring systems. Ruth's role marks a return to Oxfam. Previously, she worked at Oxfam GB for 13 years as a policy adviser conducting research and providing policy advice on some of its major global
advocacy campaigns including structural adjustment and debt, Make Trade Fair trade, the Multilateral Agreement on Investment, the Access to Medicines campaign, tax havens, and employment/labour issues. She has also worked as a country manager in Colombia (on human rights, internal displacement programmes, and trade advocacy) and as a socio-economist at Intermediate Technology Development Group, among other things. Ruth is also active in her own community: she was founding Chair of Low Carbon West Oxford (an award winning community charity), a co-founder of West Oxford Community Renewables
(a community cooperative) and is a local Parish Councillor.
Ruth has written widely on development, and more recently on low carbon issues. She is an honorary research associate at the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford, and has worked as a lecturer with the Open University on the Development Management MSc and at Brookes University on the Humanitarianism in Conflict MSc module. She has a MSc in development economics and BA in development studies.