Tim Heinmiller

Environmental Sustainability Research Centre

Tim Heinmiller

Associate Professor, specializing in Public Policy and Administration, Environmental Politics, and Research Methods

Phone: 905-688-5550 ext. 4232
E-mail: theinmiller@brocku.ca


BA: Guelph, MA: Guelph, PhD: McMaster

Research Interests

The general focus of my research is water policy in developed countries. Currently, much of my research focuses on the politics of water in irrigation economies. About 40 percent of the world’s food comes from irrigation and that proportion is likely to increase as climate change makes precipitation patterns more erratic and farmers turn to irrigation for water security. However, irrigation is also a highly consumptive water use and, in some places, large-scale irrigation has dried up rivers and depleted water tables, leading to a myriad of environmental problems. My research looks at the politics of water allocation in irrigation areas, and how difficult choices between agricultural production, urban development, and environmental protection are made in these places. This research has taken me to Australia, the western United States, and western Canada. More recently, I have examined irrigation in the Great Lakes region in the context of climate change.

Awards and Honours

  • 2014 - Appointed as Associate Editor, Canadian Water Resources Journal
  • 2013 - Appointed the Local Affairs Coordinator for CPSA 2014 at Brock.
  • 2012 - Awarded a Brock pedagogical innovation fellowship to develop POLI 3P92 (Qualitative Research Methods) as a hybrid online/classroom course.
  • 2012 - Part of the Water Economics, Policy and Governance Network that won an SSHRC Partnership grant
  • 2012 - Part of the Great Lakes Policy Research Network that won an SSHRC Partnership Development grant
  • 2008 - Awarded an SSHRC Standard Research Grant as the sole investigator for the project: 'Defining Limits: Politics, Vested Interests and Cap and Trade Resource Management Programs'
  • 2004-05 - Held a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Western Ontario

Selected Publications

Watch a video of Prof. Heinmiller's latest research entitled "Ideology and Water Politics in Southern Alberta":  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpvh3wcTTkmxh_pSgj9_3Mg

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

Heinmiller, B. Timothy . (2014). From Expansion to Conservation: Federalism and Irrigated Agriculture in Alberta, New South Wales, and California in Multilevel Environmental Governance: Water and Climate Change Policies in Europe and North America. Inger Weibust & James Meadowcroft (eds.). Edward Elgar.

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.

Heinmiller, B. Timothy . (2013). “Advocacy Coalitions and the Alberta Water Act,” Canadian Journal of Political Science. Vol. 46, No. 3, pp. 525-547.

Julia Baird, Diane Dupont, B. Timothy Heinmiller, Ryan Plummer, and Steven Renzetti. (2013). Liquid Assets: Assessing Water’s Contribution to Niagara. Available at: www.niagararegion.ca/living/water/pdf/NR-Liquid-Assets-Paper-2013-FINAL.pdf.

Heinmiller, B. Timothy. (2009). 'Path Dependency and Collective Action in Common Pool Governance,' International Journal of the Commons 3:1, p. 131-147.

Sproule-Jones, Mark, Johns, Carolyn, & Heinmiller, B. Timothy (Eds.). (2008). Canadian Water Politics: Conflicts and Institutions. Montreal-Kingston: McGill-Queens University Press.

Heinmiller, B. Timothy. (2008). 'The St. Lawrence: From River to Maritime Superhighway,' in Canadian Water Politics: Conflicts and Institutions.  Montreal-Kingstron: McGill-Queens University Press.

Heinmiller, B. Timothy (2008). 'The Boundary Waters Treaty and Canada-US Relations in Abundance and Scarcity,' Wayne Law Review 54:4, p. 1499-1524.

Heinmiller, B. Timothy. (2007). 'The Politics of Cap and Trade Policies,' Natural Resources Journal 47:2, p. 445-467.

Heinmiller, B. Timothy. (2007). 'Do Intergovernmental Institutions Matter? Water Diversion Regulation in the Great Lakes Basin,' Governance 20:4, p. 655-674.