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Claus Rinner PhD, GISP

Professor and Undergraduate Program Director, Geographic Analysis
Memberships/ServicesBeSpatial/URISA Ontario, Canadian Academics for Covid Ethics, Canadian Cartographic Association, Canadian Covid Care Alliance
OfficeJOR 606
Phone416-979-5000 x552686
Areas of ExpertiseGeovisualization, Web mapping; multi-criteria decision analysis, spatial decision support systems; participatory GIS; environmental, health, and urban applications of GIS; COVID-19 and pandemic politics.


Claus Rinner is a professor, undergraduate program director, and former graduate program director and chair in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at Ryerson University. He holds 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. His 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. Dr. Rinner holds an NSERC Discovery Grant and has also participated in research funded by CIHR, SSHRC, and the Network of Centres of Excellence. His scholarly research is widely cited with an h-index of 27 and nine publications with over 100 citations as of June 2021.


D. Simandan, C. Rinner, V. Capurri (in press). Confronting the rise of authoritarianism during the COVID-19 pandemic should be a priority for critical geographers and social scientists. ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies

C. Rinner, A. Pietropaolo (in press) Tracking area-based composite indices over time: change indicators vs. jointly rescaled indicators. Geomatica

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

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

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

C. Rinner (2021) Mapping COVID-19 in Context: Promoting a Proportionate Perspective on the Pandemic. Cartographica 56(1): 14-26

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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, DOI:10.22224/gistbok/2018.2.1

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

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

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

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