Ruth Benschop is head of the Research centre Autonomy and the Public Sphere in the Arts / Zuyd University in Maastricht. She finished her PhD (with honors) at the University of Groningen in 2001. Her thesis analyzes the role of technology in visual psychological experiments. Later, at Maastricht University, she did postdoctoral research into the role of genetics in the workplace, and the role of recording technology in sound art. In her current work at the Research centre of the Arts she has been involved in a variety of research and educational projects practicing and reflecting on artistic practices of research and documentation. She is also interested in ethography and art overlaps and in research of and in community art projects.