Hi,

I'm Henriette Ruhrmann.

I'm a PhD researcher based in Berlin and London - my doctoral project focuses on how policymakers and innovators can build a common knowledge base to develop tech policy frameworks reflective of societal values.

About

I am a researcher at the Technical University Berlin and a PhD candidate at University College London’s Department for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Public Policy (STEaPP). My background is in Public Policy, I hold a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

My doctoral project in the area of legislative science advice seeks to explain how innovators and legislators engage and exchange the knowledge necessary to align innovation with societal needs and values.

Previously, I have worked on policy strategies around inclusive AI - in particular, in facial recognition and digital ID systems - implications of algorithmic bias, and sustainable innovation in the private sector (as a student consultant for Google).

I have held research positions at University of California, Berkeley's CITRIS Policy Lab, the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, and University of California, San Diego and gained practical policy experience at a U.S. Senator's office and the European Parliament.

Reports & Blogs

Publications

On innovation systems

Ruhrmann, H., Fritsch, M., Leydesdorff, L. (forthcoming). Synergy and Policy-making in German Innovation Systems - Smart Specialization Strategies at National, Regional, Local Levels? Regional Studies. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1080/00343404.2021.1872780


Ruhrmann, H., Fritsch, M., Leydesdorff, L. (2020). Smart Specialization Strategies at National, Regional, or Local Levels? Synergy and Policy-Making in German Systems of Innovation. Jena Economic Research Paper 2020–007. Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena. Available at: https://econpapers.repec.org/paper/jrpjrpwrp/2020-007.htm.


Muschner, A., Ruhrmann, H., Jütting, M., Terfurth, L., Altinalana, L., Blumrich, F. (2020). Transfer 2030+ Drei spekulative Szenarien für die Zukunft des Wissens- und Technologietransfers (Knowledge and Technology Transfer 2030+ Three speculative scenarios for the future of knowledge and technology transfer). Fraunhofer IAO Center for Responsible Research and Innovation & Technical University Berlin. Available at: https://www.cerri.iao.fraunhofer.de/content/dam/iao/cerri/de/Projekte/TW/Fraunhofer_TU_Berlin_Zukunft%20von%20Transfer%202030.pdf

On technology governance

Faddoul, M., Ruhrmann, H., & Lee, J. (2020). A Risk Assessment of a Pretrial Risk Assessment Tool: Tussles, Mitigation Strategies, and Inherent Limits. Preprint Manuscript. Available at: https://arxiv.org/pdf/2005.07299

Ruhrmann, H. (2019) Facing the Future: Protecting Human Rights in Policy Strategies for Facial Recognition Technology in Law Enforcement. CITRIS Policy Lab Reports. Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) and the Banatao Institute Policy Lab at the University of California, Berkeley. Available at: https://citris-uc.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Facing-the-Future_Ruhrmann_CITRIS-Policy-Lab.pdf

Nonnecke, B., Ruhrmann, H., Sampson Geroski, A. (2019) Responsible Digital ID: Effects of Data Governance Policies and Practices on Human Rights. CITRIS Policy Lab Reports. Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) and the Banatao Institute Policy Lab at the University of California, Berkeley. Available at: https://citrispolicylab.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Responsible-Digital-ID_CITRIS-Policy-Lab_September-2019.pdf

Ruhrmann, H. (2018) Political Polarization: Aligning the interests of private tech and the public. In Klynge, C. (Ed.) Technology and governance in the 21st century - a millenial perspective (pp. 36-39) Office of the Tech Ambassador of Denmark / Berkeley Public Policy Journal Blog. Available at: https://bppj.berkeley.edu/2018/11/29/aligning-the-interests-of-private-tech-and-the-public-to-reduce-political-polarization/

Conferences

Ruhrmann, H. (2021). How can legislators and innovators create a common knowledge base around facial recognition technology? A case study on knowledge exchange at the science-policy interface. International Conference on Science Advice to Governments 2021. Montréal, Canada, August 30-September 2, 2021.


Ruhrmann, H. (2020). Smart Specialization Strategies at National, Regional, or Local Levels? Synergy and Policy-making in German Systems of Innovation. Triple Helix Conference 2020. Tampere, Finland, June 15-17, 2020.


Ruhrmann, H. (2019) How can the future of work be shaped responsibly? Early Findings from a Quadruple Helix Collaboration Social Lab in the Context of Industry 4.0. 2019 2019 Triple Helix Congress on Responsible Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Thessaloniki, Greece, September 30–October 1, 2019.

Faddoul, M., Ruhrmann, H., and Lee, J. (2019) Pre-Trial Algorithmic Risk Assessments: Value Conflicts, Inherent Limitations, and Harm-Mitigation By Design. Information Ethics Round-table Conference on Justice and Fairness in Machine Learning and Big Data, Boston, MA, April 5-7, 2019.

Ruhrmann, H. (2019) Inclusive E-Government: Current Structural and Content Accessibility Challenges in U.S. Federal Government Websites. 2019 Association of Public Policy Analysis & Management California Regional Student Conference, Irvine, CA, April 12-12, 2019. See the conference poster here.


Ruhrmann, H. (2019) Pre-Trial Algorithmic Risk Assessments: Value Conflicts, Inherent Limitations, and Harm-Mitigation By Design. 2019 Association of Public Policy Analysis & Management California Regional Student Conference, Irvine, CA, April 12-12, 2019. See the conference poster here.

Interview with #GoodID Stories on Instagram

The #GoodID movement unites multi-sector stakeholders championing digital dignity, data protection, human-centered technologies. Their work focuses on promoting dialogue, research, and advocacy between governments, technologists, civil society, and the private sector to inform policy and technology design. The work is supported by the Omidyar Network.

#GoodID Stories is a new storytelling format on Instagram with the goal to raise awareness for issues around digital identity governance.


Press

#GoodID Stories (Omidyar Network) (2021, July 5). #GoodID Stories - Henriette's Story. Available at https://www.instagram.com/p/CQ9cwq4DHLF/


AESIS Network (2021, June 30). AESIS Newsletter June 2021 "National and Regional Impact Frameworks" (featured research). Available via the AESIS Network.


Burt, C. (2019, September 25). CITRIS Policy Lab publishes digital ID and facial recognition reports to support ID2020 and Good ID | Biometric Update. https://www.biometricupdate.com/201909/citris-policy-lab-publishes-digital-id-and-facial-recognition-reports-to-support-id2020-and-good-id


Weiss, E. (2019, September 26). Good ID Highlights Policies that Limit Police Use of Facial Recognition. FindBiometrics. https://findbiometrics.com/good-id-highlights-need-policies-limit-police-use-facial-recognition-092604/

Teaching

Guest Instructor. Technical University Berlin. Engineering for Impact - Responsible Innovations. (2020-2022). For more information, see https://www.transferwissenschaft.de/en/practice-2/


Facilitator. University of California, Berkeley - Goldman School of Public Policy. PUB POL 297: Berkeley Public Policy Journal - Graduate Student Led Seminar. (2018). Co-Editor in Chief. See, for example, the Berkeley Public Policy Journal Fall 2018 Issue.


Graduate Student Instructor. University of California, Berkeley - Haas School of Business. UGBA101A: Microeconomic Analysis for Business Decisions. (2017-2018). Awarded the Cheit Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Awards & Honors

Open Science Fellowship, 2020, InnOsci, a project of the Stifterverband.


Shortlisted for the Annual Graduate Thesis Award, 2019, University of California, Berkeley, Goldman School of Public Policy.


Cheit Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2018, University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business.


Full scholarship for a year at the University of California, Berkeley, 2018, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).


Full scholarship for a year at the University of California, San Diego, 2015, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).


Full scholarship for undergraduate and graduate studies by the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes e.V.).