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Timothy MacNeill

Associate Teaching Professor

Faculty of Social Science and Humanities

Contact information

Bordessa Hall - Room 317
Downtown Oshawa
55 Bond Street East
Oshawa, ON

905.721.8668 ext. 5879

Research topics

  • inequality
  • Indigenous movements
  • sustainable development
  • international development
  • political economy
  • globalization
  • corporate social responsibility
  • food sovereignty
  • behavioural economics
  • cultural economy


Dr. Timothy MacNeill’s research focuses on globalization, inequality and sustainable development. This involves three major streams of investigation. First, he measures the impacts that international investment flows and corporate practices have on marginalized, typically Indigenous, communities and ecosystems in developing countries. His second stream of research explores the ways in which economic, political, cultural and social systems may be re-imagined and asserted via indigenous and other social movements to yield environmental sustainability and social equity. The third is research on the ways in which economic, social, cultural and political institutions impact human behaviour.


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

Courses taught

• Inequality and Development
• Environment and Globalization
• Social Policy
• Social Problems
• Introductory Sociology

Research and expertise

  • globalization
  • sustainable development
  • Indigenous/alternative development
  • inequality
  • Indigenous social movements
  • corporate social responsibility
  • sustainable food systems
  • tourism and cultural industries
  • behavioural and experimental economics

Food: Locally Embedded; Globally Engaged (SSHRC Partnership Grant: $2.5 million) 2015-2020.
Co-investigator with Alyson Bay-Palmer (WLU), Irena Knezevic (Carleton), Peter Andree (Carleton), Charles Levkoe (Lakehead) and others.

  • Research involves global and local food systems. Current personal associated projects:
    • Afro-indigenous food sovereignty movements in Central America.
    • Basic Income, Food consumption, and environmental sustainability.

Development or Marginalization? Economic, Environmental, Cultural, and Health Impact of Canadian Tourism Investment in Central America (SSHRC Insight Development Grant: $65,000) 2015-2016.
Principal Investigator.

  • Research focuses on the impact of Canadian investment on Afro-indigenous communities in Honduras and community activism in response.

Indigenous Rights and Alternative Development in Guatemala
Ontario Graduate Scholarship: $16,000, 2010-2011
Principal Investigator.

  • The research focused on Indigenous social movements for sustainable development and the impacts of Canadian mining investment in Guatemala.

Maya Activism and Culturally Sustainable Development in Guatemala
SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship: $22,000, 2009-2010

  • Principal Investigator.

The research focused on Indigenous social movements for sustainable development and impacts of Canadian mining investment in Guatemala.


  • Selected publications

    The Economic, Social, and Environmental Impacts of Cruise Tourism. Tourism Management, forthcoming, (accepted for publication on November 7, 2017).

    Development as Imperialism: Power and the Perpetuation of poverty in Afro-Indigenous Communities of Coastal Honduras. Humanity & Society, September 2015.

    Culturally Sustainable Development: Maya Culture, Indigenous Institutions, and Alternative Development in Guatemala. Cultural Dynamics, 26(3), p. 299-325, 2014.

    Environmental Citizenship, Maya Cosmovision, and Cultural Rights in Guatemala. International Journal of Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies, 7(4), p. 17-30, 2014.

    The End of Transformation? Culture as the Final Fictitious Commodity. Problématique, Vol 12, 2010.

    Radical Indigenous Subjectivity: Maya Resurgence in Guatemala, The International Journal of Diversity, 8(2): 98-106. (With Evelyn Gere), 2008.

    On the Production and Maintenance of Discursive Power: Cultural Policy Beyond the Nation-State. Stream, 1(1): 3-21, 2008.

    The Interactive Complexity of Agency: Existing and Emergent Theories of the Culture of Economics and the Economics of Culture. International Journal of the Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, 2(1): 57-64, 2007.

    Audiences Authoring Authors: Cultural Production of Value, Cultural Industries, and Copyright. International Journal of Arts in Society, 2(1): 43-50, 2007.

  • Recent conference presentations

    Food Sovereignty in a Captured State: Materialities and Identities of Resistance in Honduras. Food: Locally Engaged, Globally Embedded. Annual Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Partnership Grant research working group. University of Waterloo, September 7, 2017.

    Altruism, Ethnicity, and Community Development: Results of Field Experiments in Four Honduran Barrios. Canadian Sociological Association, Ryerson University, June 1, 2017.

    Economic Sociology of Racial Discrimination in Labour Markets: An Experimental Approach. Canadian Sociological Association, Ryerson University, May 31, 2017.

    Ethical Dilemmas in International Development Fieldwork. Canadian Sociological Association, Ryerson University, June 2, 2017.

    Sustainable Development and Indigenous Rights in Latin America. Latin American Forum for Environmental Sciences. Presenter. Buenos Aires, Argentina, February 2017.

    Development or Marginalization?: The Economic, Social, and Environmental Impacts of Canadian Foreign Investment in Caribbean Honduras, Canadian Sociological Association, June 1, 2016.

    Sustainable Food Systems Working Group. Participant. Wilfred Laurier University, September 2015.

    Pueblo of the Porn King: Canadian Imperialism in Afro-Indigenous Honduras, Canadian Sociological Association, June 5, 2015.

    Culturally Sustainable Development: Maya Culture and Policy from the Edge, Canadian Association for the Study of International Development, May 2013.

    Radical Discursive Intervention: Maya Cosmovision, Transmodernity, and Development, Canadian Communication Association, May 2013.