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Claus Rinner PhD, GISP

Professor and Undergraduate Program Director, Geographic Analysis
Memberships/ServicesCanadian Academics for Covid Ethics, Canadian Cartographic Association, Canadian Institute of Geomatics, Ideas Institute
OfficeJOR 606
Phone416-979-5000 x552686
Areas of ExpertiseGeomatics, geospatial data analysis, data visualization, cartography, Web mapping; multi-criteria decision analysis, spatial decision support systems; COVID-19 and pandemic politics; environmental, public health, and urban applications of GIS; participatory GIS; open data.


Claus Rinner is a Professor, Undergraduate Program Director, and former Graduate Program Director and Chair in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University). He holds the European equivalents of a Bachelor's degree in applied mathematics from Université Paul-Valéry, Montpellier, France; a Master's degree in applied systems science from the University of Osnabrück, Germany; and a PhD in geography from the University of Bonn, Germany.

Dr. Rinner's research and teaching expertise is in the areas of geographic information systems (GIS), cartography, and decision support systems, with applications in public health, social policy, and environmental planning. He leads a New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) project on post-pandemic recovery, holds an NSERC Discovery Grant in the area of geospatial multi-criteria decision analysis techniques, and has also participated in research funded by CIHR, SSHRC, and the Network of Centres of Excellence.

Dr. Rinner features in the October 2023 update of Stanford University's list of the world's top scientists; his career record places him among the 2% most productive researchers in the field of Geological & Geomatics Engineering. His research impact is reflected in a total of over 4,000 citations, with an h-index of 30 and eleven publications with over 100 citations (Google Scholar as of November 2023).  


C. Rinner (2023) Comment re: COVID-19 Infection Rates in Vaccinated and Unvaccinated Inmates: A Retrospective Cohort Study. Cureus,!/ (external link, opens in new window) 

E.E. Millar, S. Melles, C. Rinner (2023) Screens, streams, and flows: Implications of digital platforms for aquatic citizen science. Geoforum 146: 103864, (external link, opens in new window) 

J. Wilson, C. Rinner, A. Pefoyo Kone, E. Bosveld (2023) Vaccine hesitancy was not shown to be associated with traffic safety or driver behaviour. Frontiers in Public Health (Section Infectious Diseases: Epidemiology and Prevention) 11, (external link, opens in new window) 

C. Rinner (2023) Unexpected patterns in the global COVID-19 pandemic data. International Journal of Scholarly Research in Multidisciplinary Studies 3(1): 56-68, (external link, opens in new window) 

C. Rinner, L. Manwell (2023) The Pandemic Report Cards – Context and Design Proposal for a World Atlas of COVID-19 Restrictions and Mandates. Abstract and poster at the 26th Annual Conference of the Association of Geographic Information Laboratories in Europe (AGILE), 13-16 June 2023, Delft, The Netherlands, (external link, opens in new window) 

C. Rinner (2023) Pandemic Open Data: Blessing or Curse? To be included in V. Kakulapati (ed.): New Trends and Challenges in Open Data. London, UK: IntechOpen. Published online-first at (external link, opens in new window) 

D. Simandan, C. Rinner, V. Capurri (in press) The academic left, human geography, and the rise of authoritarianism during the COVID-19 pandemic. Geografiska Annaler B: Human Geography, (external link, opens in new window) 

C. Rinner (2023) The Coronoia Perfecta: Global Hygiene Theatre and Health Delusion – Cliff-Hanger or Closure? Independently published, 176 pages, (external link, opens in new window) 

C. Rinner (2023) RE: Strawman argument or proto-factual revisionism? Response/e-Letter, Canadian Medical Association Journal 195(15): E552-E554, (external link, opens in new window) 

O. Hirsch, C. Rinner (2022) Elements of Propaganda in the Western World’s Political, Public Health, and Media Narratives of 2020-2022. In E. Egel, C. Patton (eds.) The COVID-19 Pandemic: Ethical Challenges and Considerations. Cambridge: Ethics Press, pp. 78-101. Preprint available at (external link, opens in new window) 

S. Greene, C. Rinner (2022) Examining the Value of Geospatial Open Data. In P. Robinson, T. Scassa (eds.) The Future of Open Data. University of Ottawa Press, pp. 159-178, (external link, opens in new window) 

C. Rinner (2022) The Coronoia Perpetua: New Stories of Exponential Follies, Divisive Politics, and Public Harm. Independently published, 90 pages, (external link, opens in new window) 

C. Rinner (2022) We Need a Systems-Oriented Approach to Exit the Pandemic. The Ideas Institute, 28 March 2022, (external link, opens in new window) 

C. Rinner (2021) The Coronoia Revolutions: Witnessing the Failure of Public Health and the Loss of Common Sense in the Western Matrix. Independently published, 98 pages, (external link, opens in new window) 

C. Rinner, A. Pietropaolo (2021) Tracking area-based composite indices over time: change indicators vs. jointly rescaled indicators. Geomatica 75 (2): 51-64, (external link, opens in new window) 

C. Rinner (2021) Reality Check: No, Canadian Colleges and Universities Cannot Mandate COVID-19 Vaccination Without Violating Charter Rights. Society for Academic Freedom and Scholarship, SAFS Newsletter no. 90, pp. 33-37, (external link, opens in new window) 

T. Noth, C. Rinner (2021) Prioritization in wildfire restoration using GIS-based ordered weighted averaging (OWA): A case study in southern California. AIMS Environmental Science 8(5): 481-497, (external link, opens in new window) 

C. Rinner (2021) The Coronoia Reloaded: Surfing the Waves of SARS-CoV-2 and Lockdowns in Canada and Around the World. Independently published, 96 pages, (external link, opens in new window) 

C. Rinner (2021) Mapping COVID-19 in Context: Promoting a Proportionate Perspective on the Pandemic. Cartographica 56(1): 14-26, (external link, opens in new window) . Preprint available at (external link, opens in new window) 

M. Obadia, C. Rinner (2021) Measuring Toronto's vital signs–Comparing global and local ideal point analysis in an urban equity case study. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems 88: 101634, (external link, opens in new window) 

C. Rinner (2020) The Coronoia Blogbook. Critical Observations re COVID-19 and Lockdowns in Canada, Germany, and the United States. Independently published, 105 pages, (external link, opens in new window) 

E.C. Hazell, C. Rinner (2020) The Impact of Spatial Scale: Exploring Urban Butterfly Abundance and Richness Patterns using Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis and Principal Component Analysis. International Journal of Geographical Information Science 34(8): 1648-1681, (external link, opens in new window) 

C. Huber, C. Rinner (2019) Market Area Delineation for Airports to Predict the Spread of Infectious Disease. In P. Kyriakidis, D. Hadjimitsis, D. Skarlatos, A. Mansourian (eds.) Geospatial Technologies for Local and Regional Development. Proceedings of the 22nd AGILE Conference on Geographic Information Science, Springer, pp. 263-289, (external link, opens in new window) 

C. Oswald, C. Rinner, A. Robinson (2019) Applications of 3D Printing in Physical Geography Education and Urban Visualization. Cartographica 54(4): 278-287, (external link, opens in new window) 

J. Pierre, V. Fast, J. Kumari, C. Rinner (2019) Cartoforum - A Map-Based Discussion Forum with Applications in the Planning of Cycle Lanes, Community Food Gardens and Campus Sustainability. GI_Forum 7(1): 171-184,  (PDF file) (external link, opens in new window) 

V. Fast, C. Rinner (2018) Toward a participatory VGI methodology: crowdsourcing information on regional food assets. International Journal of Geographic Information Science 32(11): 2209-2224, (external link, opens in new window) 

C. Rinner (2018) Spatial Decision Support. The Geographic Information Science & Technology Body of Knowledge (2nd Quarter 2018 Edition), John P. Wilson (Ed). Topic GS-25, (external link, opens in new window) 

E. Baculi, V. Fast, C. Rinner (2017) The Geospatial Contents of Municipal and Regional Open Data Catalogs in Canada. Journal of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association 28(1): 39-48, (external link, opens in new window) 

M. McHenry, C. Rinner (2016) The Impact of Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis Parameters on an Urban Deprivation Index. Cartographica 51(4): 179-197

J. Malczewski, C. Rinner (2015) Multicriteria Decision Analysis in Geographic Information Science. Springer: Berlin Heidelberg, (external link, opens in new window) 

K. Heinrich, C. Huber, C. Rinner (2015) Making Area-based Composite Indices Comparable across Time - The Role of Standardization and Outlier Removal. URISA Journal 27(2): 37-49

A.C.-D. Lee, C. Rinner (2015) Visualizing Urban Social Change with Self-Organizing Maps: Toronto Neighbourhoods, 1996-2006. Habitat International 45(Part 2): 92-98, (external link, opens in new window) 

C. Rinner, V. Fast (2015) A Classification of User Contributions on the Participatory Geoweb. In F. Harvey, Y. Leung (Eds.) Advances in Spatial Data Handling and Analysis - Select Papers from the 16th IGU Spatial Data Handling Symposium, Springer, pp. 35-49, (external link, opens in new window)