Professor Ruth Haug is Professor of Development Studies at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU). She received her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland and began her professional career working nationally and internationally within the field of rural development. At the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Dr. Haug was Deputy Vice Chancellor in the period 2008-20013, and before that she was heading the Department of International Environment and Development Studies (Noragric) for seven years. Her field of expertise is within rural development with focus on agriculture, food and livelihood security; conflicts and forced migration; climate change and management of natural resources; agricultural extension and community development; and gender issues in development.
Ruth Haug has research, teaching and consultancy experience in Africa and Asia, and has worked with NORAD, the World Bank, the Norwegian Ministry of Agriculture. She has supervised many M.Sc and Ph.D students and has a good publication record. Ruth Haug has been and still is member of several boards and has been involved in many international policy processes in relation to food and agriculture. In particular, she has been representing Norway in CGIAR meetings in the period 1995 to 2012 and has been a member of the CGIAR Fund Council. She is a member of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) Board of Trustees until the end of 2017.She has also been representing Norway in several FAO meetings and is a member of the Svalbard Seed Vault Council.