Ruth Shortall is a postdoctoral researcher from Ireland. She is motivated to find ways of bringing together all kinds of people, cultures and technologies to bring about sustainable solutions for society and the planet. Her qualifications include a Bachelor of International Commerce with French, Masters of Computer Science and Applications, Masters of Environment and Natural Resources and a PhD on sustainability assessment of geothermal energy, from the University of Iceland. She has also worked for several years in the IT industry and for the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission.
Based at TU Delft, in the faculty of Technology, Policy and Management, her current research topic relates to developing alternatives to traditional economic policy analysis tools with the aim of incorporating citizen’s ethical and environmental concerns into real-world economic policy analysis. She is working with Paul Koster and Marion Collewet on the implementation of the participatory value evaluation (PVE) method in several municipalities in the Netherlands.
Ruth’s other research interests include sustainable energy technologies, public participation in policy making; digital tools for sustainable societies, sustainability and well-being, social and cultural aspects of sustainable transitions, green IT systems and circular economy.