Robert Soden

Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, and School of the Environment
Bahen Centre for Information Technology, 40 St George St, Room BA 3254 Toronto, ON M5S 2E4



Department of Computer Science

Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

  • Crisis Informatics
  • Human-computer interaction (HCI)
  • Computer supported cooperative work (CSCW)
  • Infrastructure studies
  • Critical design
  • Participatory sensing
  • Civic technology
  • Environmental justice


Prior to starting his PhD, Soden was a professional software developer and consultant to the World Bank’s Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), where 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. He is also a co-founder and member of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, a global organization dedicated to creating a free and open map of the world for humanitarian and development purposes.

While a PhD student, Robert was also a visiting student researcher with University of California, Berkeley's Center for Science, Technology, Medicine & Society, and a visiting researcher and lecturer with the Stanford Urban Resilience Initiative.


PhD, University of Colorado Boulder
MA, American University
BA, University of Illinois, Chicago