Robert Soden

Robert Soden

Robert Soden is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto working on crisis informatics, human-centered computing (HCC), and science and technology studies (STS). His research uses a range of ethnographic, participatory, and design research methods to evaluate and improve the technologies we use to understand and respond to environmental challenges like disasters and climate change.

Dr. Soden has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Colorado Boulder, a Master’s Degree in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development from American University, and Bachelors Degrees in History and Political Science from the University of Illinois, Chicago.

Prior to starting his Ph.D., he was a researcher at The Center for Neighborhood Technology and the World Resources Institute, a software developer at Development Seed, and a consultant to the World Bank’s Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR).

At GFDRR he launched the Open Data for Resilience Initiative, a worldwide effort to harness open data, open-source software, and civic technology to improve disaster and climate risk management. Dr. Soden is also a co-founder and member of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, an international organization working towards creating a free and open map of the world for humanitarian and development purposes.

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    University of Toronto
  • Profession
    Assistant Professor