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Timothy MacNeill

Associate Teaching Professor

Faculty of Social Science and Humanities

Contact information

Bordessa Hall - Room 313
Downtown Oshawa
55 Bond Street East
Oshawa, ON

905.721.8668 ext. 5879


Dr. Timothy MacNeill’s research focuses on globalization, inequality and sustainable development. This involves three major streams of investigation. First is research on the ways in which economic, social and political institutions impact human behavior. Specifically, he questions how things such as ethnic diversity and economic development may promote selfishness versus altruism, pro-social versus anti-social behaviour, discrimination versus acceptance, and pro-nature versus anti-environmental behaviours. His second stream of research measures the impacts that international investment flows and corporate practices have on marginalized communities and ecosystems in developing countries. Third, he explores the ways in which economic, political, cultural and social systems may be re-imagined and asserted via social movements to yield environmental sustainability and social equity.

Related to his broad interest in globalization, inequality and sustainable development and these three related research streams, Dr. MacNeill has recently conducted and published research on:

  • The relationship between ethnic diversity and social capital. Findings: Ethnic diversity may promote altruistic giving and does not inhibit trust or helping behaviour in communities.

  • Social movements for food sovereignty amongst Garifuna in Honduras and Maya in Guatemala. Findings: Foreign investment, local economic power and political corruption threaten food sovereignty, but strong indigenous movements continue to oppose such power.

  • Impact of Canadian tourism investment projects in Honduras. Findings: Without strong policies ensuring community participation, equity and environmental protection, international development projects can be exploitative, environmentally damaging, and even imperialistic.

  • Racism in simulated labour markets. Findings: Both white and black hirers discriminate against black job candidates. Black employers, however, stop discriminating once they know a candidate’s actual abilities, while white employers keep discriminating even with this information.

  • Alternative development from a Maya perspective in Guatemala. Findings: Alternative, indigenous, sustainable development projects are imaginable, but only possible with a large transfer of economic, cultural and political resources from elites to marginalized peoples.

  • Guaranteed basic income and guaranteed maximum wage policies and their relationship to sustainable development.

  • Teaching/learning empathy for nature.

Dr. MacNeill’s work continues to be facilitated by multiple research grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

Curriculum vitae


  • MDE Dalhousie University
  • PhD, Communication and Culture York University

Courses taught

  • Introductory Sociology
  • Issues in the Family
  • Social Policy
  • Social Problems
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