Dr. Matthias Ruth

Dr. Matthias Ruth


Matthias Ruth leads the University’s large and complex research innovation portfolio. He and his team support and advance UAlberta’s research ecosystem, working across the University’s portfolios and faculties, and with external partners and stakeholders. The VP Research team also provides leadership, guidance and research support services, as well as developing and facilitating major research initiatives and partnerships.

He was appointed Vice-President (Research) on May 1, 2018 and also joined the Faculty of Arts as a professor in the Department of Economics. Matthias comes comes to UAlberta from Northeastern University in Boston, USA.

Dr. Ruth holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of Heidelberg, Germany, and a PhD in geography from the University of Illinois, where he also received training in engineering and biology. He began his academic career in the Department of Geography at Boston University in 1992 and moved to the University of Maryland in 2000, where he was professor and director of the Environmental Policy Program in the Maryland School of Public Policy. Prior to joining Northeastern in 2012, Dr. Ruth served in roles of increasing responsibility at the University of Maryland, including the Roy F. Weston Chair in Natural Economics and policy advisor on sustainability to the Chancellor of the 12 universities and colleges that constitute the state-wide system of Maryland.

Dr. Ruth has published 17 books, plus more than 120 papers and book chapters. His interdisciplinary research focuses on dynamic modeling of natural resource use, industrial and infrastructure systems analysis, and environmental economics and policy. His theoretical work draws on concepts from engineering, economics and ecology, while his applied research uses methods of non-linear dynamic modeling as well as adaptive and anticipatory management. He is a founding editor-in-chief of the journal Urban Climate, a founder of Ecological Economics, and serves on the boards of numerous journals and scientific organizations.

Dr. Ruth’s interest in interdisciplinary collaboration and cooperation extends outside of academia to the public, private, and non-profit sectors, where he has developed diverse and extensive experience working across sectors, building partnerships, fostering productive collaborations, and attracting external funding. He applies his research to local, regional, national, and global projects, exploring the scientific questions as well as the investment and policy opportunities these projects present. He has served as an advisor or research contributor to a diverse range of agencies and organizations, such as the OECD, European Commission, Government of Australia, US Environmental Protection Agency, Council on Competitiveness, Greater Washington Board of Trade, Haisla Nation Council, commonwealths of Massachusetts and of Maryland, city of Boston, as well as several private companies.