Ruth Steel

BA Lanc MSc MPhil Brist AFATEM
Business Manager

H73 - 378 Abercrombie Street
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Telephone +61 2 9114 1810


As Business Manager to ITLS Ruth works in collaboration with, and in support of, the Director in the management of the Institute and in the leadership and implementation of strategic projects and policy development and implementation. The position ensures the provision and effectiveness of systems, standards and operational procedures, as well providing guidance on budgetary management and analysis, contract management, human resources, information management, quality improvement, and other administrative issues. The position leads and directs the professional delivery of operational and administrative services and expertise to optimise support for the Institute. 

As Business Manager, Ruth has established and developed a number of strategic initiatives at ITLS including a industry placement program for graduate students and the Leadership and Policy Seminar Series. She also has an information and communications role at the Institute in developing promotional and informational materials, looking after branding issues, acting as website manager. Ruth is the liaison to the ITLS Board of Advice.

Ruth previously worked as Projects Manager to the Director of ITLS in his role as Associate Dean on a number of faculty-wide strategic initiatives including the review and development of graduate programs and the development and implementation of student related policies and procedures.

Ruth is the manager of the International Conference Series on Competition and Ownership in Land Passenger Transport (The Thredbo Series) and is co-editor of the collected papers for several conferences in the series (published by Elsevier).

After moving to Sydney from the UK in 2002 Ruth completed a number of short term assignments in executive support and education administration at the University of Sydney. Prior to this she worked in the Planning and Management Information Office of the University of Exeter, UK. After completing an undergraduate degree in Politics and Religion at the University of Lancaster she went on to gain her Masters in Ethnic Relations from the University of Bristol. Funded by a scholarship from the Economic and Social Research Council she was awarded her MPhil from the University of Bristol in 2004. The title of her thesis is: The Host Country, From Protection to Control: UK Refugee Policy and Practice. Ruth worked for two years as an Information Officer for a refugee agency providing reception support to refugees on arrival to the UK, prior to this she worked as a Front of House Manager at a community arts centre and theatre.



Journal Article/s

Preston J, Hensher DA and Steel R 2014 'Special Edition: Competition and Ownership in Land Passenger Transport (selected papers from the Thredbo 13 conference)', Research in Transportation Economics, vol.48, pp. 1-434 Link


Journal Article/s

Hensher DA, Walters J and Steel R 2013 'Editors of the Special Edition: THREDBO 12: Recent developments in the reform of land passenger transport', Research in Transportation Economics, vol.39:1, pp. 1-308 Link


Journal Article/s

van de Velde D, Veeneman W, Hensher DA and Steel R 2010 'Editors of the Special Edition: Reforming Public Transport throughout the World', Research in Transportation Economics, vol.29:1, pp. 1-410