Tim Heinmiller

Department Chair
Associate Professor, Political Science

BA, MA (Guelph)
PhD (McMaster)

Office: Plaza 347
905-688-5550 x4232

Professor Heinmiller came to Brock’s Department of Political Science in 2005, after completing a Ph.D. in Comparative Public Policy at McMaster University, and a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Western Ontario. His research focuses on Canadian and comparative public policy, investigating why governments choose some policies over others. Much of his research has focused on water policy development in Canada and elsewhere, but his more recent work has expanded into other environmental policy areas and even into health and criminal justice policy. A common strain in all of his research is the application and development public policy process theories, and he has published work using most of the mainstream theories of the policy process. Professor Heinmiller is currently working with Professor Matt Hennigar on a book about the development of Canadian gun control policy between 1989 and 2012.

Areas of specialization:

  • Canadian public policy
  • Comparative public policy
  • Theories of the policy process
  • Water policy
  • Gun control policy
  • B. Timothy Heinmiller, Matthew Hennigar, and Sandra Kopec, (2017). “Degenerative Politics and Youth Criminal Justice Policy in Canada,” Politics and Policy. Vol. 45, No. 3, pp. 405-431. DOI:10.1111/polp.12204
  • B. Timothy Heinmiller and Kevin Pirak, (2017). “Advocacy Coalitions in Ontario Land Use Policy,” Review of Policy Research. Vol. 34, No. 2, pp. 168-185. DOI: 10.1111/ropr.12210.

  • B. Timothy Heinmiller. (2017). “The Politics of Water Policy Development in Canada” in Water Policy and Governance in Canada. Diane P. Dupont and Steven Renzetti (eds.). Springer International Publishing.

  • B. Timothy Heinmiller. (2016). “The West and Water Scarcity,” in Canadian Environmental Politics and Policy, 4th Edition. Debora Vannijnatten (ed.). Oxford University Press.

  • B. Timothy Heinmiller. (2016). Water Policy Reform in Southern Alberta: An Advocacy Coalition Approach. University of Toronto Press.

  • Alexandra Swigger and B. Timothy Heinmiller. (2014). “Advocacy Coalitions and Mental Health Policy: The Adoption of Community Treatment Orders in Ontario,” Politics and Policy. Vol. 42, No. 4, pp. 246-270.

  • B. Timothy Heinmiller. (2013). “Advocacy Coalitions and the Alberta Water Act,” Canadian Journal of Political Science. Vol. 46, No. 3, pp. 525-547. Available http: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0008423913000541