Tim Haney, PhD

Administrative title: Board of Governors Research Chair in Resilience & Sustainability

Academic title: Professor of Sociology

PhD, University of Oregon
MA, Tulane University
BA, Ripon College

Office: B349K
Email: thaney@mtroyal.ca



Scholarly Interest

Tim Haney is a Professor of Sociology and the inaugural Board of Governors Research Chair in Resilience & Sustainability. His teaching and research interests include the sociology of disaster, environmental sociology, urban sociology, and quantitative methods. He founded, and served as Director, of the Centre for Community Disaster Research (CCDR) from 2014 to 2019.

Dr. Haney's research looks at how families, neighbourhoods, and communities prepare for and respond to catastrophic events like hurricanes, floods, wildfires, and oil spills. His articles have looked at how disaster-affected residents perceive risk and experience uncertainty, how they make evacuation decisions, how disasters affect their environmental views and practices, how the social networks of affected residents change over the course of evacuation and displacement, as well as establishing best-practices for disaster research methods.


Dr. Haney's approach to teaching is participatory, critical, scholarly, reflective, experiential, service-oriented, and geared toward social change. In particular, he relishes opportunities to engage classes in experiential learning and service-learning, and is proud to have taken two classes of students to New Orleans on field schools to learn about disaster recovery while serving the community. He also supervises many student honours theses, coauthors scholarly articles with MRU students, and involves students in his funded research projects to facilitate hands-on learning.

Above all else, Dr. Haney's teaching is geared toward facilitating social change. It must open their eyes to fundamental ethical debates and should sensitize them to issues of human rights and social justice. In that sense, he hopes to foster in them a sense of responsibility and the earnest desire to make the world a measurably better place for human societies, including their most vulnerable members.

Selected Scholarly Activity

Haney, Timothy J. (2022). “Development, Responsibility, and the Creation of Urban Hazard Risk.” City and Community 22(1): 21-41.

Haney, Timothy J. (2022). “’Scientists Don’t Care about Truth Anymore’: The Climate Crisis and Rejection of Science in Canada’s Oil Country.” Environmental Sociology 8(1): 7-24.

McDonald-Harker, Caroline, Emilie Michelle Bassi, and Timothy J. Haney. (2022).  “'We Need to Do Something About This’: Children’s Post-Disaster Views on Climate Change and Environmental Crisis.” Sociological Inquiry  92(1): 5-33.

Haney, Timothy J. (2021). “Disrupting the Complacency: Disaster Experience and Emergent Environmentalism.” Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World  7: 1-17.

Haney, Timothy J. and Daran Gray-Scholz (2020). "Flooding and the New Normal: What is the Role of Gender in Experiences of Post-Disaster Ontological Security." Disasters ​44(2): 262-284.

Haney, Timothy J. (2019). "Move Out or Dig In? Risk Awareness and Mobility Plans in Disaster-Affected Communities." Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management 27(3): 224-236.

Haney, Timothy J (2018). “Paradise Found? The Emergence of Social Capital, Place Attachment, and Civic Engagement After Disaster.” International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters 36(2): 97-119.

Haney, Timothy J. and Caroline McDonald-Harker (2017). "'The River Is Not the Same Anymore': Environmental Risk and Uncertainty in the Aftermath of the High River, Alberta Flood." Social Currents 4(6): 594-612.

Milnes, Travis and Timothy J. Haney (2017). "'There's Always Winners and Losers': Traditional Masculinity, Resource Dependence, and Post-Disaster Environmental Complacency." ​Environmental Sociology 3(3): 260-273.

Selected Honours, Grants and Awards

  • Outstanding Teacher Award, Faculty of Arts, Mount Royal University, 2022
  • "The Ethics, Practice, Activism, and Resilience Potential of Permaculture." Insight Development Grant Program, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada, 2020-2022 ($59,240).
  • Outstanding Scholar Award, Faculty of Arts, Mount Royal University, 2016
  • "Evacuation Decisions, Displacement, and Network Activation During the 2013 Calgary Flood." Insight Grant Program, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada, 2014-2018. ($102, 774)
  • “The Effects of Environmental Disasters on the Family: Communicating, Coping, and Caring Among Families Impacted by the 2013 High River, Alberta Floods." (with Co-PI Caroline McDonald-Harker). Partnership Development Grant Program, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada, 2014-2017 ($165,339).

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