Ruth Downes is a Research Associate at EPRC. She holds a BA (Joint Hons) in Geography and German from the University of Strathclyde. She worked initially at EPRC from 1990-2003, specialising in regional disparities and regional development policy in the emerging countries of Central and Eastern Europe as well as regional policy and governance in Austria and Sweden. She was also the manager of the IQ-Net network for a number of years.
During her career break to raise her family, Ruth continued to do ad hoc consultancy work for EPRC before returning part time in 2018. She is now manager of the EoRPA research consortium.