Public Policy Fellow, Environmental Change and Security Program, Wilson Center
Ruth is a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC, where she cultivates insights from behavioral social science research to motivate a variety of changes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and impact climate challenges. Her previous positions include being Senior Fellow and Director of the US Climate Policy Objective at World Resources Institute, and directing International Institutional Development and Environmental Assistance at Resources for the Future. An expert in governance issues inherent in managing greenhouse gas emissions domestically and internationally, Ruth worked with Elke Weber (Princeton) to lead a program to utilize social science research for remotivating how humans engage with energy. In 2007–2008, she stimulated the creation of the position of Polish Climate Ambassador in preparation for the UNFCCC COP 14 in Poznan, and created and managed a Polish Task Force to support the work of the Ambassador. She continues to advise delegates internationally. Ruth publishes extensively in journals such as Foreign Affairs and Issues in Science and Technology, and is the co-author of Building International Climate Cooperation, Lessons from the weapons and trade regimes for achieving international climate goals. Ruth is also a long-standing member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Ruth has published materials on behalf of Columbia Business School, the Wilson Center, the Environmental Law Institute, Oxford University, the LA Times and the Environmental Forum, among others. Her work has been featured on panels for the Council on Foreign Relations, the Behavioral Summit, Digital Life Design, ecoAmerica, Georgetown University, the Erb Institute, VERTIC, NCAC-USAEE and more.