Ruth holds an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award and is a Senior Research Fellow in History. During 2017, Ruth was based in Munich, Germany at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, LMU, where she held a Humboldt Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship.
She joined Monash in mid-2012 after completing her doctoral studies at The University of Western Australia in Perth.
Ruth is a member of the Executive Committee of the Australian Historical Association and the National Management Committee of the Australian Garden History Society. She is also Treasurer of the International Water History Association, Vice President of the International Commission on the History of Meteorology, and a member of the Monash Climate Change Communication Research Hub.
Her first monograph, Running Out? Water in Western Australia, was launched by former WA Greens Senator, Scott Ludlam, in the gardens of UWA Publishing in February 2015. (Photo courtesy of Sanna Peden).
In 2016, Running Out? was awarded the State Library of Western Australia Prize for Western Australian History at the WA Premier’s Book Awards, and was runner-up for the W.K. Hancock Prize of the Australian Historical Association.
Further information about her research activities can be found on her website.