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My research interests are at the intersection of analytics, business and government. Often my projects are quantitative in nature. Other times, my research considers the broader implications of technology, the companies that create it, and their impact on society. 


Forthcoming publication

Bendix, W., & MacKay, J. (Forthcoming) Fox in the Henhouse: The Delegation of Regulatory and Privacy Enforcement to Big Tech. International Journal of Law and Information Technology.

Data discovery challenge coming soon

Forthcoming publication

MacKay, J. (Forthcoming) “Data Discovery Challenge Using the COVID-19 Data Portal from New Zealand.” Journal of Statistics and Data Science Education.

Dealing with big data

MacKay, J. 2017. “Dealing with Big Data and Network Analysis Using Neo4j and Python” Programming Historian. Programming Historian is both a peer-reviewed book and a website that remains open to contributions from the academic community.

Openness and data sharing during the COVID-19 pandemic

MacKay, J. 2021. “Re-connecting the public service: Openness and data sharing during the COVID19 pandemic.” In J. Toland (Ed.), From Yesterday to Tomorrow: 60 Years of Tech in New Zealand. IT Professionals New Zealand.

Canadian Regional and National Business Elites in 1912

Mackay, J. 2017. “Canadian Regional and National Business Elites in 1912: Who Was Connected, Who Wasn’t and Why?” A History of Socially Responsible Business, c.1600-1950: 189-212. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, United Kingdom.

Network theory

MacKay, J. 2015. “Network Theory.” The SAGE Encyclopedia of Corporate Reputation, edited by Craig Carroll. Thousand Oaks, CA, USA: SAGE.

Lockdown analytics

MacKay, J. 2020, March 27. “Tracking your location and targeted texts: How sharing your data could help in New Zealand’s level 4 lockdown.” The Conversation, New Zealand.

Republican infighting key for candidate Trump

MacKay, J., Bendix, W. 2017, March 26. “Republican infighting key for candidate Trump. Now it’s a roadblock.” The Globe and Mail. Toronto, Canada.

Also see Partisan Infighting paper, above.

See the PDF version of the op-ed here.

Regional employment changes

Brox, J., Carvalho, E., and MacKay, J. 2010. “Regional Employment Changes in a Booming Resource Economy: A Modified Shift-Share Analogue Regression of Changes in Employment Patterns Within the Economic Regions of Alberta.” Canadian Journal of Regional Science, 33(2): 25-44.

Partisan Infighting

Bendix, W., Mackay, J. 2017. “Partisan Infighting Among House Republicans: Leaders, Factions, and Networks of Interests” Legislative Studies Quarterly, 42(4): 549-577.

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Changing patterns in Canadian Trade

MacKay, J. 2019. “Explaining Declining Economic Complexity in Canada: An Examination of Oil and Automotive Exports.” In M. S. Bonham (Ed.), Trade-Offs: The History of Canada-U.S. Trade Negotiations (1st edition): 147-170. Toronto, Canada: Canadian Business History Association.

Invited talks

Invited talks

See videos of some of my invited talks from 2019 and 2017.

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