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“Small is beautiful: A Study of Economics As If People Mattered, the title of E.F. Schumacher book (1973) conveys how seemingly insignificant technologies may have enormous impact. Analyzing what is extraordinary about ordinary things and vice versa has been the leitmotive of my research.”

Research profile

Ruth Oldenziel is a Full Professor in The History of Technology—in particular the relationship between Europe and the United States, at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). Her areas of expertise and numerous publications include History science and technology, American & European History, mobility studies, cultural studies, and gender studies.

Her research focuses on the mutual shaping and exchanging of technological knowledge and practices between Europe and the United States in a transnational context. She heads a research program on Sustainable Urban Mobility since the 1850s (SUM). She is program leader of Cycling Cities: The Global Experience (CC) research project at the TU/e in collaboration with the Foundation for the History of Technology that has received worldwide attention from policymakers and researchers alike.

Academic background

Ruth Oldenziel obtained her PhD in American History at Yale University, a MA in American History, University of Massachusetts, and a Graduate Diploma American Studies, Smith College. Before joining TU/e, Oldenziel was an Associate Professor at the University of Amsterdam. Most recently, she was a senior research fellow at the Research Carson Center for the Environment and Society at LMU in Munich.

Oldenziel regularly acts as a media commentator on topical issues when the US is in the news. She is chair of TakeCareBnB and the John Adams Institute; board member of the Fulbright and Netherlands American Studies Association; advisor to the Ivy League Circle, and guest researcher and lecturer at various universities in the United States and Europe.

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Research Output

Cycling Cities: The Rotterdam Experience

Translated title of the contribution: Cycling Cities: Het verhaal van RotterdamBerkers, E., Schipper, F., Bek, P. & Oldenziel, R., Sep 2019, Eindhoven: Foundation for the History of Technology. 156 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookProfessional

Cycling Cities: The Hague Experience

Berkers, E. A. M., Botma, F. & Oldenziel, R., Jun 2018, Eindhoven: Foundation for the History of Technology. 68 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookProfessional

  • Cycling Cities : the Arnhem and Nijmegen Experience

    Berkers, E. A. M. & Oldenziel, R., Jun 2017, Eindhoven: Foundation for the History of Technology. 64 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBookProfessional

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    Carson Alumni Fellowship

    Ruth Oldenziel (Recipient), 2016

    Prize: OtherFellowships & membershipsScientific

    Carson Fellow (from August 2014 until January 2015)

    Ruth Oldenziel (Recipient), 2014

    Prize: OtherFellowships & membershipsScientific

    Freeman Award

    Ruth Oldenziel (Recipient), Sep 2014

    Prize: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific


    • 4 Editorial activity
    • 4 Contributed talk
    • 3 Workshop, seminar, course or exhibition
    • 1 Keynote talk

    International Technocrats, Transnational Script for the Future of Urban Mobility throughout the Twentieth Century

    Pieter J.V. van Wesemael (Speaker), R. Oldenziel (Speaker), M.L. Sousa (Speaker)
    4 Nov 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesKeynote talkScientific

    CPSUM Göthenburg

    Frank Veraart (Participant), J.P.H. Smits (Participant), R. Oldenziel (Organiser), B.A.M. Emanuel (Organiser)
    5 Oct 20177 Oct 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesWorkshop, seminar, course or exhibitionScientific

    LMU/RCC, Remnin University, Beijing, China

    Ruth Oldenziel (Speaker)
    30 May 2014

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

    Contemporary European History (Journal)

    Ruth Oldenziel (Guest editor)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific


    Press / Media

    To What Extent Does the Gender Wage Gap Exist in the United States?

    Ruth Oldenziel


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Amsterdam undergoes a 21st-century transformation

    Ruth Oldenziel


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Amsterdam, Revisited

    Ruth Oldenziel


    2 items of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Amsterdam: A 21st-century transformation

    Ruth Oldenziel


    2 items of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    2-wheeled ambassadors

    Ruth Oldenziel


    2 items of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Student theses

    The sustainable university campus: an analysis of the transition process of universities in their endeavor to become more sustainable

    Author: Branje, M., 30 Jun 2013

    Supervisor: Raven, R. (Supervisor 1) & Oldenziel, R. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master


    Transition experiment case-study: the Quinta Esencia Eco-Campus project

    Author: de Vos, T., 31 Aug 2012

    Supervisor: Raven, R. (Supervisor 1) & Oldenziel, R. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master