Noel Healy

Noel Healy

Professional Details

Title: Assistant Professor
Office: MH-326B
Phone: 978-542-2542

Spring Courses

Cat. # Term Course # Title
3201 01 GPH105 Introduction to Geography
3203 03 GPH105 Introduction to Geography
3206 20 GPH110 World Regions
3253 03 GPH402 Study-Travel Seminar
3254 04 GPH402 Study-Travel Seminar
3631 W1 GPH105 Introduction to Geography
3712 W1 GPH110 World Regions

Professional Biography

Noel Healy is Assistant Professor in Geography at Salem State University. Having completed his B.A (Hons) at the National University of Ireland, Galway, Noel undertook a study period at the UC, Berkeley. He obtained his PhD from NUIG in 2009. From 2010-2011 Noel lectured in the Department of Geography at NUIG whilst also conducting consultancy work for Irish NGO's. Between 2005 and 2015 Noel secured $140,500 in research funding. His primary research interests lie in the areas of climate change, the climate justice movement, sustainable development and participatory processes in planning. He is currently researching emerging areas including the climate crisis, movements for radical social change and building better futures. Dr. Healy has conducted research in Latin America, China, Germany and the US. Recent projects include examining the fossil fuel divestment movement, climate change adaptation in MA and decision-making processes and perceptions of democracy at the United Nations Framework on Climate Change meetings. 


2015: My Op-Ed - Why Salem State Should Divest From Fossil Fuels

Fossil fuel divestment talk at the 'Confronting Capitalism & Climate Crisis: Economics for Achieving Justice, Equity, and Sustainability' summer school

2015 Marion & Jasper Whiting Foundation Award - Fossil Fuel Divestment:

2014 Fossil fuel divestment paper award:

2013 Chinese Fellowship:

Professional Interests

  • Climate change; climate justice; social movements; climate change adaptation 
  • Participatory processes and planning in environmental resource management; community based natural resources management; protected area governance
  • Sustainability; sustainable tourism; cultural heritage management; political ecology of tourism


  • Founder of Salem State Faculty For Divestment
  • Faculty advisor for Divest Salem State From Fossil Fuels (student group)

Reviewer of journals:

  • Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning
  • Current Issues in Tourism
  • Tourism Management
  • Journal of Heritage Tourism
  • Irish Geography
  • Fennia - International Journal of Geography

Selected Publications



Healy, N & Debski, J and McGuire J (Under Review) Fossil Fuel Divestment - a radical voice for immediate policy action

Flannery, W, Healy, N and Luna, M (In preparation) Coastal planners as facilitators of climate change adaptation policy: Barriers and opportunities. 

Flannery, W, Healy, N and Luna, M (In preparation) Stakeholder participation in marine spatial planning in the US. 

Flannery, W, Healy, N and Luna, M (In preparation) US marine users perception of climate change towards climate change. 


Healy, N., van Riper, C. J., & Boyd, S. W. (2016). Low versus high intensity approaches to interpretive tourism planning: The case of the Cliffs of Moher, Ireland. Tourism Management52, 574-583.

Healy, N. & Carvaro, S (in press) The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)in Jafar, J and Xiao, H (eds.) Encyclopedia of Tourism, Frankfurt, Springer.

Healy, N. & Jamal, T (in press) Enclave Tourism, in (eds.) The SAGE International Encyclopedia of Travel and Tourism. SAGE. 

Healy, N. & Zhu, X & Morrisson, A.M (In preperation) 'Comparing Chinese and Western persectives of sustainable tourism development' - An exploratory study of Huangshan National Park. To be submitted to Tourism Management. 

Healy, N. & Jamal, T (In preparation) 'The transformation of natural area destinations - developing a new model of tourist space'. To be submitted to the Annals of Tourism Research.

Healy, N., Rau, H & McDonagh, J. (2012) ' Collaborative tourism planning in Ireland: Tokenistic consultation and the politics of participation'. Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, 14(4), 450-471. (DOI)

Healy, N. (2012) 'Protected area governance conflicts in Ireland - mending poor relations and new modes of governance', in Fredman, P., Stenseke, M., Liljendahl, H., Mossing, A., and Laven, D. (eds.) Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Monitoring and Management of Visitors in Recreational and Protected Areas, Stockholm, Sweden, August 21-24, 2012 (DOI)

Healy, N. (2010) 'Mediating the visitor experience: Exploring the transformation of Irish nature-based tourism', in Goosen, M., Elands, B. and van Marwijk, R. (eds.) Recreation, tourism and nature in a changing world. Proceedings of the 5th MMV, 30 May - 3 June, 2010, Wageningen, Netherlands.

Healy, N. & McDonagh, J. (2009) 'Commodification and conflict: What can the Irish approach to protected area management tell us?', Society and Natural Resources, 22(4), 381-391. ( DOI )

Van Riper, C. J. & Healy, N. (2008) 'Perceptions of the 2007 International Symposium on Society and Resource Management Student Forum', Society and Natural Resources, 21(8), 740-747. ( DOI )


McDonagh, J. & Healy , N. (2009). 'Landscapes Lost or Gained? Reflections on recent change in Ireland's physical landscape', in Fenwick, J. (ed.) Rediscovering Ireland's Past (Vol. II).

Healy, N. (2013) 'Reflections on Black History Month - Still More Work to Do?' The Salem State Log, Feb 12th, pg 8. (


2005-2008: EPA/ ERTDI Doctoral Scholarship

2005: NUIG Scholarship to the University of California, Berkeley

2005: 4.0 (Grade Point Average) University of California, Berkeley

2005: NUIG Arts Faculty travel bursary

2007: NUIG Arts Faculty travel bursary

2007: IASNR student scholarship for the 13th ISSRM, Utah State University

2008: NUIG Arts Faculty Travel Bursary

2009: College of Arts Social Science and Celtic Studies write-up bursary

2010: EPA Researcher Travel Support Grant

2012: Salem State University Faculty Summer Research Grant

2013: Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation Fellowship (UNESCO World    

          Heritage Research Grant to China)

2013: The Sounds Conservancy Grant Program

2014: Salem State University Seed Research Grant

2015: Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation Fellowship (Fossil fuel divestment

          research grant to Germany/France for UNFCC meetings).

2015: Center for Popular Economics Summer Institute Scholarship 

Selected Presentations


2015, Why Salem State Should Divest From Fossil Fuels', invited presentation to the SSU Board of Trustees, Sept 16th, 2015, Salem State University. 

2015: 'Fossil Fuel Divestment: Strategies, Tactics, and Framing of a Powerful Movement' - Invited workshop at the 'Confronting Capitalism & Climate Crisis: Economics for Achieving Justice, Equity, and Sustainability' summer school, August 2nd-7th, 2015 Smith College, Northampton, MA

2015: Guest panelist - 'Should Salem State Divest From Fossil Fuels - An Open Forum', Salem State University, April 13th, 2015

2014, Exploring the production and consumption of tourism space in China and Ireland: Some lessons for the Carribbean?. Invited talk to the Department of Management Studies, University of West Indies, Cave Hill, 11th March, 2014. 

2013, "Rethinking the approach to protected area planning and governance: Why China can learn from Ireland’s tourism failures and successes". Invited talk at College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Peking University, China, 6th September, 2013.

2013, "Renegotiating UNESCO World Heritage and protected areas: A comparative analysis of China, Europe and the USA" Invited talk for the Department of Tourism, Shanghai Normal University, 28th August 2013.

2013, 'I'm not a businessman, I'm a' - From subculture to global phonemena - the internationalization of rap and hip-hop". Invited talk at the 6th Annual Hip-Hip Summit, Salem State University, 26th April, 2013.

2012,'From Mullaghmore to ‘Shell to Sea'Power and politics within Ireland's natural resource planning'. Invited talk California State University, Long Beach 11th April, 2012.

2010, From Governement to Governance within Irish nature-based tourism planning - Real change or business as usual?' Invited talk to the Burrenbeo Trust,, KinvarraCoGalwayIreland.


2015, Flannery, W, Healy, N, and Luna, M, "Coastal Planners’ receptivity to climate change science and policy” conference paper at the AESOP 2015 Annual Congress, July 13–16, at the Czech Technical University, Faculty of Architecture in Prague, Czech Republic.

2015, Flannery, W, Healy, N and Luna, M, 'Planners receptivity to coastal climate change science guidance in Massachusetts', conference paper at the 2015 Conference of Irish Geographers, 21-24th May, Queen's University, Belfast. 

Healy, N. and Jamal, T, (2015) Revisiting Edensor's Enclavic to Heterogeneous Spaces in Tourism: Towards a New Hybrid Framework. Paper presented on 30th March at the 2015 Annual Association of American Geographers conference, Chicago, USA, March 29th-April 2nd, 2015.

2015, Debski, J, Mcguire, J and Healy, N, "A Framework for Fossil Fuel Divestment in US Higher Education' Conference paper, 2015 AAG, Chicago, IL

2014, 'The loveliest mountain in China': An exploratory study of Chinese and Western visitor experiences at Mount Huangshan UNESCO World Heritage Site', conference paper, 2014 AAG, Tampa, FL.

2013, 'Engineering enclavic tourist spaces: exploring the production and consumption of tourist space in Ireland and China' , conference paper, 2013 NESTVAL conference, Clarke University, Massachusetts (Oct 18-19th).

2012, 'Protected area governance conflicts in Ireland - mending poor relations and new modes of governance', conference paper, 6th International Conference on Monitoring and Management of Visitors in Recreational and Protected Areas Outdoor Recreation in Change - Current Knowledge and Future Challenges Stockholm, Sweden, (August 21-24).

2012, 'Enclavic Tourist Space: Exclusive Spaces or Spaces of Exclusion' Expert panel paper, 2012 Annual Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, NYC (Feb 23rd-28th).

2011, 'A nod and a wink - The politics of participation in Irish tourism planning', conference paper, 2011 NESTVAL conference, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada (Oct 14-16th).

2010, 'Mediating the visitor experience - Exploring the transformation of Irish nature-based tourism, conference paper, fifth international conference on Monitoring and Management of visitor Flows in recreational and protected areas, Wageningen, the Netherlands,(may 30-June 3).


2014, Crowds and Climate: From action to ideas, MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA 

2013, 'Crowds and Climate' Mobilizing Crowds to Develop Ideas and Take Action on Climate Change, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts USA (Nov 6-8). 

2013, The Great Marsh Symposium: The Value of Natural Systems in Protecting Great Marsh Communities, Crane Estate, The Great Marsh Coalition (Nov 14). 

Personal Interests

2013 Chinese research report:

2014 Collaboration with University of West Indies, Cave Hill:

2012 Research: