Noel Healy

Noel Healy

Professional Details

Title: Assistant Professor
Office: MH-326B
Phone: 978-542-2542
Email: noel.healy@salemstate.edu

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

My primary research interests are in the areas of climate change, the climate justice movement, sustainable development, sustainable tourism, and participatory processes in planning. I am currently researching emerging areas such as the climate crisis and movements for radical social change and building better futures. My projects have secured over $140,000 in research grants and have spanned Ireland, the US, China, France and Latin America. Recent projects include investigating the fossil fuel divestment movement, climate change adaptation in MA, and decision-making and civil society participation at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). 

Professional Interests

Climate change; climate justice; transition to a low-carbon/renewable energy economy; climate change adaptation

Participatory processes and planning in environmental resource management

Environmental and sustainable development policy-making; sustainability; sustainable tourism

Selected Publications

Peer-reviewed articles

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 Management, 52, 574-583.

Healy, N. & Carvaro, S. (2016). The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). In: Jafari, J. & Xiao, H. (eds.), Encyclopedia of Tourism, Springer, DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-01669-6_1-1.

Healy, N. & Jamal, T. (2016). Enclave tourism. In: Lowry, L. (ed.) The SAGE International Encyclopedia of Travel and Tourism. SAGE.

Healy, N. & Debski, J. (in review). Fossil fuel divestment 

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

Healy, N. & Jamal, T. (in progress) Revisiting Edensor’s enclavic to heterogeneous spaces in tourism: Towards a new hybrid framework.

Flannery, W., Healy, N. & Luna, M. (in progress). Stakeholder participation in marine spatial planning in the US.

Flannery, W., Healy, N. & Luna, M. (in progress). US marine users’ perception of climate change 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.


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.

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 International Conference on Monitoring and Management of Visitors in Recreational and Protected Areas. 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.

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

Book Chapters

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). Bray: Wordwell 

GRANTS/ ACADEMIC AWARDS

2015. Fossil fuel divestment – The framing a powerful movement. Center for Popular Economics summer institute scholarship.

2015. Fossil fuel divestment – A crude awakening/United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Bonn, Germany and Paris COP21. Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation fellowship.

2014. Civil society participation at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), COP21 Paris. Mini grant Salem State University.

2014. Climate change adaptation of the north shore: Developing a citizen scientist approach to planning. Seed research grant –Salem State University.

2013. Developing a citizen scientist guide to coastal and marine spatial planning. Sounds Conservancy fellowship.

2013 Local governance conflicts at World Heritage Sites in China – Exploring new territory. Jasper and Marion Whiting Foundation fellowship.

2012. Local governance at World Heritage Sites - Policies, processes and practices. Summer research grant, Salem State University.

2010. Interpretation, governance and conflict: A critique of protected area planning in Ireland. Environmental Protection Agency researcher travel support grant.

2009. Interpretation, governance and conflict: A critique of protected area planning in Ireland. Environmental Protection Agency researcher travel support grant. College of ASCS, NUIG write-up bursary.

2007. International Association for Society and Natural Resources, ISSRM scholarship, Utah State University.

2005. Interpretation, governance and conflict: A critique of protected area planning in Ireland. NUIG arts faculty travel bursary.

2005. Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, UC, Berkeley. NUIG University of California, Berkeley scholarship.

2005. Interpretation, governance and conflict: A critique of protected area planning in Ireland. Environmental Protection Agency/ERTDI scholarship.

Selected Presentations

Keynote and invited talks

Healy, N. (2016). The global climate justice movement. Invited talk to the Department of Management Studies, University of West Indies, Cave Hill. March 17.

Healy, N. (2016). System change not climate change – The climate crisis and the fight for global justice. Primary Source keynote social justice webinar. Feb. 23.

Healy, N. (2016). Climate justice and fossil fuel divestment – A crude awakening. Invited talk for Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group (MassPIRG), Kick-Off Event. Feb. 4.

Healy, N. (2015). System change not climate change: Divestment, dissent and delegitimization of fossil fuels. Invited talk to the Department of Geography, University Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. Dec. 17.

Healy, N. (2015). Fossil fuel divestment: The moral and economic case. Invited talk to the Salem State University Board of Trustees. Nov. 18.

Healy, N. (2015). Why SSU foundation should divest from fossil fuels. Invited talk to the Salem State University Foundation. Nov. 16.

Healy, N. (2015). What would divestment mean for students at SSU? Invited talk to the Salem State Student Government Association (SGA). Sept. 16.

Healy, N. (2015). What is fossil fuel divestment? The case for Salem State to divest. Invited talk to the Salem State University Board of Trustees. Sept. 16.

Healy, N. (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. Smith College. August 2–7.

Healy, N. (2015). Should Salem State divest from fossil fuels – An open forum. Invited panelist. April 13. Healy, N. (2015). Climate justice and small island nation states. Invited talk to the Department of Management Studies, University of West Indies, Cave Hill. March 16.

Healy, N. (2014). Engineering enclavic tourist spaces: Exploring the production and consumption of tourist space in Ireland and China. Invited talk to the Department of Management Studies, University of West Indies, Cave Hill. March 11.

Healy, N. (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. September 6.

Healy, N. (2013). From government to governance within Irish nature-based tourism planning – Real change or business as usual? Invited talk to Department of Management at Universidad EAFIT, Medellín, Colombia. March 15.

Healy, N. (2013). Renegotiating UNESCO World Heritage: A comparative analysis of China, Europe and the USA. Invited talk at the Department of Tourism, Shanghai Normal University. August 28.

Healy, N. (2013). “I'm not a businessman, I'm a business...man”: From subculture to global phenomena – the internationalization of rap and hip-hop. Invited talk at the 6th Annual Hip-Hip Summit, Salem State University. April 26.

Healy, N. (2012). From Mullaghmore to “Shell to Sea”: Power and politics within Ireland's natural resource planning. Invited talk at California State University, Long Beach. April 11.

Healy, N. (2010). From government to governance within Irish nature-based tourism planning – Real change or business as usual? Invited talk at the Burrenbeo Trust, Kinvara, Co. Galway, Ireland. March 20. 

Conference paper presentations 2014-present 
Healy, N. (2016). Divergent Perceptions of the Legitimacy of Multilateral Climate Governance – Dissent and the Third Space. Conference paper presented at the Association of American Geographers, San Francisco.

Flannery, W., Healy, N. and Luna, M. (2015). Coastal planners’ receptivity to climate change science and policy. Conference paper presented at the AESOP 2015 Annual Congress, Czech Technical University, Prague, Czech Republic.

Flannery, W., Healy, N. and Luna, M. (2015). Planners receptivity to coastal climate change science guidance in Massachusetts. Conference paper presented at the 2015 Conference of Irish Geographers, Queen's University, Belfast.

Healy, N. and Jamal, T. (2015). Revisiting Edensor's enclavic to heterogeneous spaces in tourism: Towards a new hybrid framework. Conference paper presented at AAG 2015, Chicago, IL.

Debski, J., Mcguire, J. and Healy, N. (2015). A framework for fossil fuel divestment in US higher education. Conference paper presented at AAG 2015, Chicago, IL.

Healy, N. (2014). The loveliest mountain in China: An exploratory study of Chinese and Western visitor experiences at Mount Huangshan UNESCO World Heritage Site. Conference paper presented at AAG 2014, Tampa, FL.

Personal Interests

SELECTED MEDIA COVERAGE:

2016: System change not climate change – The climate crisis and the fight for global justice (Link)

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

2015: Fossil fuel divestment: Strategies, tactics, and framing of a powerful movement (Link)

2015: The moral and economic case for divestment (youtube)

2015: Marion & Jasper Whiting Foundation award - Fossil Fuel Divestment (Link)

REVIEWER OF JOURNALS:

Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning; Society and Natural Resources; Current Issues in Tourism; Tourism Management; Journal of Heritage Tourism; Irish Geography; Fennia - International Journal of Geography

CLIMATE ACTIVISM/ COMMUNITY WORK

Founder of Divest Salem State From Fossil Fuels Faculty Group

Advisor to Divest Salem State From Fossil Fuels student group 

Website: divestssu.org