Trained as a historian, Ruth Timmermans started as a researcher at the University of Leuven in Belgium, studying gender, trade unions and colonialism. However, her passion for music, art, literature and film soon surfaced, and in 2000, she started writing for Gonzo, an independent magazine on music and culture. She has been involved as a curator and producer in various cultural projects both in her home country and abroad through, for example, the Tandem exchange programme. She has also worked for an experimental film production company. Timmermans has conducted research into the representation of women in electronic music and arts. During her stay at KulttuuriKauppila, she continued this research, combining her work in the cultural field and her research background.