Ruth Steiner is currently a Professor in the UF College of Design, Construction and Planning and Director of the Center for Health and the Built Environment. She is an affiliated faculty with the UF Transportation Institute and the School of Natural Resources and Environment. Before UF, she was a research associate for the Energy Analysis Program in the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory at the University of California at Berkeley. She holds a multitude of awards and honors, including being named a University of Florida Foundation Research Professor from 2005-2007 and 2017-2020.
Her research focuses on the coordination of transportation and land use, with a particular focus on planning for all modes of transportation, especially walking, bicycling, and transit, and its impact on communities, the environment, and public health. Her current research is on school transportation and safe routes to school; transportation and aging; the impacts of new transportation technologies on transportation systems; equity in planning, and the incorporation of risk into long-range transportation planning. She is co-author of Energy Efficiency and Human Activity: Global Trends and Prospects (Cambridge University Press, 1992) and author of over one hundred book chapters, journal articles, reviews and research reports.
Dr. Steiner has served on the Pedestrian Committee, Transportation and Land Development Committee and Transportation History Committee of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) and the Scientific Committee of the World Congress on Transportation Research Society (WCTRS). She received her B.A. in History from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, and a Master of City Planning (MCP) and Ph. D. from the University of California, Berkeley.