Robert Soden

Assistant Professor, University of Toronto

Robert Soden is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, focusing on climate informatics, human-centered computing, and science and technology studies. He coordinates the Toronto Climate Observatory and is also Faculty Affiliate at the Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society, the School of Cities, and an organizer of the University of Toronto's Critical Computing Group. His research employs ethnographic, participatory, and design methods to enhance technologies addressing environmental challenges like disasters and climate change. Robert holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Colorado Boulder, a Master’s Degree in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development from American University and a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Political Science from the University of Illinois, Chicago.

Prior to his PhD, Robert was also researcher at the Center for Neighborhood Technology, software developer at Development Seed, and a consultant to the World Bank’s Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), where launched the Open Data for Resilience Initiative. He is also a co-founder and member of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team. 

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