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Persoonlijk profiel


“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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bicycle Sociale wetenschappen
hacker Sociale wetenschappen
women's organization Sociale wetenschappen
speaking Sociale wetenschappen
chaos Sociale wetenschappen
citizen Sociale wetenschappen
politics Sociale wetenschappen
book review Sociale wetenschappen

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Projecten 2015 2021

Onderzoeksoutput 1997 2019

Cycling Cities: The Rotterdam Experience

Berkers, E., Schipper, F., Bek, P. & Oldenziel, R., sep 2019, Eindhoven: Foundation for the History of Technology. 156 blz.

Onderzoeksoutput: Boek/rapportBoekProfessioneel

Cycling Cities: The Hague Experience

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

Onderzoeksoutput: Boek/rapportBoekProfessioneel

The Netherlands
Second World War

Cycling Cities : the Arnhem and Nijmegen Experience

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

Onderzoeksoutput: Boek/rapportBoekProfessioneel

Drawing (graphics)
117 Downloads (Pure)

Mode of the past or promise for the future? cycling in China and the sustainability challenge, 1955 –present

Oldenziel, R., nov 2017, In : Zeithistorische Forschungen = Studies in Contemporary History. 14, 3, blz. 465-486

Onderzoeksoutput: Bijdrage aan tijdschriftTijdschriftartikelAcademicpeer review

Open Access
electronic commerce


Carson Alumni Fellowship

Ruth Oldenziel (Ontvanger), 2016

Prijs: AndersFellowships & membershipsWetenschappelijk

Carson Fellow (from August 2014 until January 2015)

Ruth Oldenziel (Ontvanger), 2014

Prijs: AndersFellowships & membershipsWetenschappelijk

Freeman Award by the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST

Ruth Oldenziel (Ontvanger), sep 2014

Prijs: AndersWerk, activiteit of publicatie gerelateerde prijzen (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Wetenschappelijk

Activiteiten 2005 2017

  • 4 Redactioneel werk
  • 4 Aangemelde presentatie
  • 3 Workshop, seminar, cursus of expositie
  • 1 Keynote spreker

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

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

Activiteit: Types gesprekken of presentatiesKeynote sprekerWetenschappelijk

CPSUM Göthenburg

Frank Veraart (Deelnemer), J.P.H. Smits (Deelnemer), R. Oldenziel (Organisator), B.A.M. Emanuel (Organisator)
5 okt 20177 okt 2017

Activiteit: Types deelname aan of organisatie van een evenementWorkshop, seminar, cursus of expositieWetenschappelijk

LMU/RCC, Remnin University, Beijing, China

Ruth Oldenziel (Spreker)
30 mei 2014

Activiteit: Types gesprekken of presentatiesAangemelde presentatieWetenschappelijk

Contemporary European History (Tijdschrift)

Ruth Oldenziel (Gastredacteur)

Activiteit: Types publicaties van collegiale toetsing en redactioneel werkRedactioneel werkWetenschappelijk



Amsterdam undergoes a 21st-century transformation

Ruth Oldenziel


1 item van Media-aandacht

Pers / media: Vakinhoudelijk commentaar

Amsterdam, Revisited

Ruth Oldenziel


2 items van Media-aandacht

Pers / media: Vakinhoudelijk commentaar

Amsterdam: A 21st-century transformation

Ruth Oldenziel


2 items van Media-aandacht

Pers / media: Vakinhoudelijk commentaar

2-wheeled ambassadors

Ruth Oldenziel


2 items van Media-aandacht

Pers / media: Vakinhoudelijk commentaar

Meet the two-wheeled ambassadors who patrol D.C.’s bike trails

Ruth Oldenziel


1 item van Media-aandacht

Pers / media: Vakinhoudelijk commentaar


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

Auteur: Branje, M., 30 jun 2013

Begeleider: Raven, R. (Afstudeerdocent 1) & Oldenziel, R. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master


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

Auteur: de Vos, T., 31 aug 2012

Begeleider: Raven, R. (Afstudeerdocent 1) & Oldenziel, R. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master