Meet the geography department's newest member: Dr. Noel Healy

Dr. Noel Healy

The department of geography welcomes Dr. Noel Healy as a new, tenure-track assistant professor. Having completed his BA (Hons) at the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG), Dr. Healy undertook a study period at University of California Berkeley. He obtained his PhD from NUIG in 2009. His dissertation - Interpretation, Governance and Conflict: A Critique of Protected Area Planning in Ireland - was funded by the Environmental Protection Agency and involved a multi-layered analysis of Irish tourism development and its protected area planning and governance systems.

From 2010-2011, Dr. Healy lectured in the department of geography at NUIG while also conducting consultancy work for Irish NGO’s. Between 2005 and 2010, Dr. Healy secured $120,000 in research funding, published peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and presented his research extensively across Europe and North America.  His research interests include:

  • Tourism planning; cultural heritage management; sustainable tourism development
  • Protected area governance; environmental policy; political ecology of tourism
  • UNESCO World Heritage; tourist experience; performativity; interpretation
  • Participatory processes and planning in environmental resource management; community based natural resources management

Professor Healy will be teaching courses in introduction to geography and survey of travel and tourism..