Dr. Stephen Marsh

Dr. Stephen Marsh

Associate Professor in
Trust Systems
& Lab Co-Director

Stephen Marsh is an Associate Professor of Trust Systems at Ontario Tech University, where he teaches management, design thinking, information security and trust systems courses. He founded the field of Computational Trust in 1992 with his PhD work, and has been active in the field ever since. He has written and published more than 100 articles in journals, books and conferences and spoken in various venues from academic to general interest. His book, “Trust Systems”, covers trust from social science to computational science and available under an open access Creative Commons licence.

His research interests span computational and social sciences, including trust, regret, forgiveness, privacy, wisdom, comfort and democracy. His number one rule for everyone is to remember that everything a computer does impacts at least one living thing somewhere, about which we should all care. He makes music, writes fiction and non-fiction, and draws (badly, but it’s the thought that counts). He lives with his life partner and their children on a nano-farm in Eastern Ontario, where he has horses, a sheep, and goats in the yard, dogs and cats in the living room, lizards in the kitchen, a quail or chicks (there’s usually something!) in the bathroom and quite possibly bats in the belfry. Gerald Durrell would hopefully be proud, to which end: “Many people think conservation is just about saving fluffy animals — what they don’t realise is that we are trying to prevent the human race from committing suicide.”