After studying Chemistry at Cambridge and Warwick Universities, and working in the Departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Oxford, I was from 1992 to 2001 a senior (non-clinical) scientist at the MRC Biochemical and Clinical Magnetic Resonance Unit, University of Oxford. My work on the biochemistry of human disease resulted in about 40 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters.


Since 2006, Ruth’s research has been in the Social Sciences. She has worked in the Department of Politics and International Relations and at the Blavatnik School of Government. Her book entitled “A Government that Worked Better and Cost Less? Evaluating Three Decades of Reform and Change in UK Central Government,” co-authored with Christopher Hood, won the 2016 WJM Mackenzie Prize from the Political Studies Association. In 2018-19, Ruth held a Parliamentary Academic Fellowship hosted by the House of Lords Library.