Dr. R.M. (Ruth) Shortall


Ruth Shortall is a postdoctoral researcher from Ireland. She is motivated to find ways of bringing together all kinds of people, cultures and technologies to bring about sustainable solutions for society and the planet. Her qualifications include a Bachelor of International Commerce with French from University College Dublin, a Masters of Computer Science and Applications from Queen’s University Belfast, a Masters of Environment and Natural Resources and PhD on sustainability assessment of geothermal energy, from the University of Iceland. She has also worked for several years in the IT industry (ISP, cloud services, transport) and for the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission.


Ruth’s current research topic relates to developing alternatives to traditional economic policy analysis tools with the aim of incorporating citizen’s ethical and environmental concerns into real-world economic policy analysis. She is working  on the design and implementation of the participatory value evaluation (PVE) method in several municipalities in the Netherlands.

  • Shortall, R., & Davidsdottir, B. (2017). How to measure national energy sustainability performance: An Icelandic case-study. Energy for Sustainable Development, 39, 29-47.
  • Shortall, R., & Kharrazi, A. (2017). Cultural factors of sustainable energy development: A case study of geothermal energy in Iceland and Japan. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 79, 101-109.
  • Shortall, R., Davidsdottir, B., & Axelsson, G. (2015). A sustainability assessment framework for geothermal energy projects: Development in Iceland, New Zealand and Kenya. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 50, 372-407.
  • Shortall, R., Davidsdottir, B., & Axelsson, G. (2015). Development of a sustainability assessment framework for geothermal energy projects. Energy for Sustainable Development, 27, 28-45.
  • Shortall, R., Davidsdottir, B., & Axelsson, G. (2015). Geothermal energy for sustainable development: A review of sustainability impacts and assessment frameworks. Renewable and sustainable energy reviews, 44, 391-406.

Participatory Value Evaluation of energy policies
This research further develops Participatory Value Evaluation (PVE): a new assessment model for sustainable energy policies. The project investigates the extent to which PVE: 1) allows for the inclusion of citizens’ ethical considerations in quantitative real-world economic policy assessment; 2) contributes to citizens’ acceptance of decisions on sustainable energy policies. The research combines insights from economics, philosophy, political science, environmental sciences, and natural sciences.

  • Dewulf, J., De Meester, S., & Alvarenga, R. A. (Eds.). (2015). Sustainability assessment of renewables-based products: methods and case studies. John Wiley & Sons.

Ruth Shortall

Postdoctoral Researcher

Engineering Systems and Services

Transport and Logistics

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Betty van Koppen

Research interests:
Sustainable energy technologies
Public participation in policy making
Digital tools for sustainable societies
Adaptive governance
Sustainability and well-being
Social and cultural aspects of sustainable transitions
Green IT systems
Circular economy

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