Co-Risk Labs believes that responding to the challenges in disaster and climate risk in the 21st Century is a collective responsibility that requires shared understanding and collaborative action. We work with communities and organizations to redesign our approach to creating and acting upon risk information.

We do this through:

Cultivating impactful projects: Improving the quality of technical practice in our field through evaluation, research, design, experimentation, training and communication. Bring forward bold projects that demonstrate how technical excellence and values of social justice can align and improve disaster risk reduction and recovery practice.

Cultivating new ideas: Facilitate the formation of new alliances and the co-development of alternative solutions and understandings, changing the way that technical staff, large organisations and publics produce knowledge together.

Cultivating people: Teach technical experts in our field (including ourselves!) how to think more critically about our work. Emphasize approach over recipe. Embrace uncertainty and experimentation. Explore new ways of working together, through a cooperative structure, supporting each other in becoming better practitioners, more engaged citizens and more fulfilled people.


We keep our feet “planted in the craft work of design” and “in the reflexive work of critique.”

We are passionate about our technical disciplines with social consciousness and curiosity.

We strive to bring imagination, creativity and critical thinking to our leadership.

We are passionate about growing, learning, nurturing.

We want to be artists in all that we do.


Co-Risk Labs is a worker-owned cooperative. Joining Co-Risk Labs will provide the opportunity to join an amazing community, participate in peer mentorship and accountability, and work on bold, world-changing projects with some of the best technical minds in the field.

Robert Soden

Robert Soden

Robert’s work draws on design research and social theory to examine the various ways in which scientific and engineering understandings of climate change and disaster shape and constrain societal responses to these challenges.  He is currently a PhD Candidate in Computer Science at the University of Colorado Boulder, working in the areas of crisis informatics, human-computer interaction, and science and technology studies. Prior to starting his PhD, Robert was a 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, civic technology, and public participation to improve disaster risk management. Robert currently resides in Oakland, CA, where he is researching information systems related to sea-level rise as part of his dissertation. He is a visiting student researcher with University of California, Berkeley’s Center for Science, Technology, Medicine, and Society.

David Lallemant

David Lallemant

David’s research and practice focuses on understanding the complex drivers and dynamics of disaster risk. He works on developing new ways to quantify and measure risk and resilience, both before and after disaster strikes. The transdisciplinary and policy-oriented nature of his work has led him to build collaborations with the World Bank, Google, the Red Cross, the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, the Natural Capitals Project and others. He is an Assistant Professor at Nanyang Technological University where he leads a disaster analytics lab. He holds a PhD from Stanford University (2015), a master’s degree from UC Berkeley (2010) and bachelor’s degree from MIT (2007). David co-founded the Stanford Urban Resilience Initiative. David is also active in post-disaster response and recovery, which forms the basis for his research on post-disaster assessment and community resilience. He worked for two years in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake and has been involved with the response and recovery following the 2011 Christchurch earthquake in New Zealand and the 2015 earthquake in Nepal.

Kate Crawford

Kate Crawford

Kate Crawford is a Technical Lead at an Internet of Things start-up. She began her career as a project engineer designing ecological building services for residential developments in the UK. Kate’s technical experience has since spanned a variety of large and small private sector, humanitarian and development organisations. Her PhD investigated the relationships between urban livelihoods and infrastructure in Peru and her post-doctoral research explored the decisions to demolish social housing in London. Kate has also delivered, evaluated and written widely on the strategic and technical challenges of shelter and housing after disasters. Kate’s key area of interest – in research and enterprise – is to understand how engineers are embroiled in the repair of dwellings. She is interested in working cooperatively to examine the ways we are taught to think, represent information and conduct ourselves and how these habits are being both disrupted by and absorbed into new technologies.

Perrine Hamel

Perrine Hamel

Perrine’s research and practice focus on the relationships between nature and human well-being with a particular interest in hydrologic services. She has worked with NGOs and public and private actors around the world, co-developing projects that highlight the benefits and tradeoffs of investments in nature-based solutions. Perrine is a lead scientist at the Natural Capital Project, a partnership between Stanford University, the University of Minnesota, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and two NGOs (WWF and The Nature Conservancy). Since 2017, she leads the Livable Cities program, an initiative aiming to understand and elevate the role of nature in urban environments. Prior experience includes work as an environmental engineer in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and as a researcher in environmental engineering at Monash University, Melbourne, and Ecole Centrale Nantes.

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