Tim Heinmiller

Professor, Political Science

BA, MA (Guelph)
PhD (McMaster)

Office: Plaza 347
905-688-5550 x4232

Professor Heinmiller’s research focuses on Canadian and comparative public policy, investigating how and why governments make policy decisions. He has policy-making in a variety of areas, including water policy, land use policy, criminal justice policy, gun control policy, and cannabis policy. He is the author of three published books and several journal articles, some of which are listed below. His latest book (with Professor Matt Hennigar) called Aiming to Explain investigates several theories of policy-making and how well they explain Canadian gun control policy decision-making. Currently, he is working on a SSHRC-funded project investigating the role of advocacy coalitions in Canadian policy-making.

  • B. Timothy Heinmiller (2023), “Have Advocacy Coalitions Been Difference-Making in Canadian Policy Processes? Evidence from Firearms Policy Processes in the 1970s and 1990s,” Canadian Political Science Review. Vol. 17, No. 2.
    PDF available here.
    Open Access: https://ojs.unbc.ca/index.php/cpsr/article/view/1877/1484
  • B. Timothy Heinmiller & Matthew A. Hennigar. (2022). Aiming to Explain: Theories of Policy Change and Canadian Gun Control. University of Toronto Press.

  • B. Timothy Heinmiller (2023), “Advocacy Coalitions, Power, and Policy Change,” Policy and Politics. PDF available here

  • B. Timothy Heinmiller, Osei Emmanuel Osei, and Eugene Danso (2021). “Investigating ACF Policy Change Theory in a Unitary Policy Subsystem: The Case of Ghanaian Public Sector Information Policy,” International Review of Public Policy. Vol. 3, No. 1. Open Access: https://journals.openedition.org/irpp/1894

  • 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. (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