Bio Sketch

Dr. Claus Rinner is a Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at Ryerson University (Toronto, Canada). Dr. Rinner joined Ryerson in 2006 and served as Graduate Program Director (2007-2012, 2013-2015, 2018) and Department Chair (2015-2018). He holds a Bachelor's degree (1993) in Mathématiques appliquées et sciences sociales from Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, France, a Master's degree (1996) in Applied Systems Science from the University of Osnabrück, Germany, and a PhD (1999) in Geography from the University of Bonn. After a brief stint as a software developer, he taught at the Institute for Geoinformatics at the University of Münster (2001-2003) and the Department of Geography and Programme in Planning at the University of Toronto (2003-2006).

Within Geographic Information Science, Dr. Rinner specializes in geographic visualization and multi-criteria decision analysis to support effective spatial decision-making. He develops map-centred, exploratory methods to evaluate phenomena such as public health and urban quality of life. Dr. Rinner also works on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) concepts to support participatory planning, and investigates the decision support capabilities of GIS technologies such as Location-Based Services and Spatial Data Infrastructures.

Dr. Rinner is co-author of a 2015 Springer monograph on Multicriteria Decision Analysis in Geographic Information Science, which summarizes the results of two NSERC Discovery Grants held 2004-09 and 2011-16. The research published in Dr. Rinner's 33 peer-reviewed articles and other works was also funded by the GEOIDE Network of Centres of Excellence (2005-09, 2009-12), a SSHRC Insight Development Grant (2012-14), and an ongoing SSHRC Partnership Grant (2013-19). Dr. Rinner has an h-index of 25 and seven publications with over 100 citations.

Dr. Rinner teaches cartography and GIS courses at Ryerson. As the graduate program director for the Master of Spatial Analysis (MSA), he has also been responsible for the MSA practicum placements and the graduate students' major research papers and theses.