Noel Healy

Professional Details

Title Associate Professor
Department Geography and Sustainability
Office Meier Hall 326B
Phone 978.542.2542
Photo of Noel Healy

Recent and Upcoming Courses

FYGE 100 First Year Seminar (geography)
GPH 105 Foundations of Global Studies: People, Place, and Environment
GPH 115 Global Climate Change: Causes and Consequences
GPH 246 Parks and Protected Areas
GPH 302 Geographic Research
GPH 366 Energy and the Environment
GPH 400 Directed Study in Geography
GPH 402 Study-travel Seminar

Professional Biography

Dr. Noel Healy’s research, teaching, and activism focus on responses to the climate crisis and normative dimensions of rapid climate change mitigation. His core work revolves around climate change politics, global climate governance, energy transformations, supply-side climate policy, energy justice, and the link between academic knowledge, political activism, and policymaking. Dr. Healy’s projects have secured over $176,000 in research grants and have spanned Ireland, the US, China, Germany, and Latin America. Current projects include investigating: (1) the impacts of fossil fuel resistance movements in confronting fossil fuel lock-in, (2) the socio-environmental impacts of unconventional natural gas extraction and open-pit coal mining (US/Colombia), (3) policymaking connected to a Green New Deal and (4) “just transition” strategies for fossil-fuel-rich third-world countries.

Dr. Healy is a contributing author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) Working Group III (Mitigation) Chapter 4 on “Mitigation and development pathways in the near-to mid-term (2018-2022). He was also appointed to the editorial board of Energy Research and Social Sciences (2019-2021). In 2015 Dr. Healy acted as an observer to the 2015 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) talks in Bonn and at the UNFCCC COP21 Paris talks. Dr. Healy is also a Ludwig-Maximilian University (LMU) of Munich Rachel Carson Fellow. Dr. Healy founded the SSU Fossil Fuel Divestment campaign and the SSU Faculty For Divestment group. A four-year campaign led SSU to commit to divest from fossil fuels in 2016. In 2018 he was awarded with a Salem State University Civic Engagement Hall of Fame award. 

Originally from Ireland, Noel first came to the US in 2005 to study at the Department of Environmental Science Policy and Management (ESPM) at UC Berkeley. He received his PhD at the National University of Ireland, Galway in 2009 and is now an Associate Professor of Geography at Salem State University (SSU). His research is published in journals such as Energy Policy, Energy Research and Social Science, Local Environment, Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning, Society and Natural Resources, Tourism Management, and Marine Policy. Joule previewed his Green New Deal research. He is also published in The Guardian, Scientific AmericanThe Conversation and Common Dreams Colombian national radio WRadioDeSmogBlogThe Times, and Gizmodo have reported on Dr. Healy's research. 

Professional Interests

  • Climate & energy justice
  • Just Transition
  • Climate equity
  • A Green New Deal
  • Carbon lock-in
  • Political ecology 
  • Energy transformations
  • Supply-side climate policies
  • Political economy of energy and extractive industries
  • Global Climate Governance
  • Participatory processes in environmental decision-making 

Selected Publications

Galvin, R., & Healy, N. (2020). The Green New Deal Is More Relevant Than Ever. Scientific American, April 22nd. 

Galvin, R., & Healy, N. (2020). The Green New Deal in the United States: What it is and how to pay for itEnergy Research & Social Science67, 101529.

Trencher, G., Healy, N., Hasegawa, k., & Asuka, J. (2019). Discursive resistance to phasing out coal-fired electricity: Narratives in Japan's coal regime. Energy Policy, 132, 782-796.

Healy, N., Stephens, J.C., Malin, S. (2019). Embodied energy injustices: Unveiling and politicizing the transboundary harms of fossil fuel extractivism and fossil fuel supply chains. Energy Research & Social Science48, 219-234.

Healy, N., & Weis, T. (2019). Climate Justice and the challenge to global tourism. In, Jamal, T. Justice and Ethics in Tourism. Sage.

Flannery, W., Healy, N., & Luna, M. (2018). Exclusion and non-participation in Marine Spatial Planning. Marine Policy88, 32-40.

Healy, N.  & Barry, J. (2017). Politicizing Energy Justice and Energy System Transitions: Fossil fuel divestment and a "just transition". Energy Policy, 108, 451-742. 

Healy, N., Debski, J*., (2017). Fossil fuel divestment: Implications for the future of sustainability discourse and action within higher education. Local Environ. 1-26.

Healy, N., Rau, H., & McDonagh, J. (2012). Collaborative tourism planning in Ireland: Tokenistic consultation and the politics of participationJournal of Environmental Policy & Planning14(4), 450-471.



2021. Salem State University Flash Grant. 

2020. Salem State University Scholarship Support Grant

2019. Salem State University Summer Grant

2018.  Salem State University Civic Engagement Hall of Fame

2018.  Salem State University Seed Grant 

2017. Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich Rachael Carson Fellow 

2017. German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Faculty Scholarship 

2016. Overcoming carbon lock-in: fossil fuel divestment and the delegitimization of fossil fuels. Summer grant Salem State University. 

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

2015. Fossil fuel divestment – A crude awakening/ 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.

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.

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

Selected Presentations

Keynote and invited talks (2015-present)

Healy, N (2021). A just transition for whom? The contested politics of global decarbonization. Invited talk to the Economic Democracy initiative, Open Society University Network, Bard College. July 13th. 

Healy, N (2021) The Green New Deal: From Just Transitions to Great Transformations. Invited talk Utrecht University GND Workshop 17th February 

Healy, N (2021) The Green New Deal: Go Big or Go Home. Biology Department Earth Day Series. UMASS Boston 23rd April 2021 

Healy, N (2020). The Green New Deal: Politics and Practice. The Green New Deal Explained? October 20th, Salem State University  

Healy, N (2018). Workshop organizer. Tackling the cultural and institutional dimensions of carbon lock-in. University of Oxford. 

Healy, N (2018). How social movement activism fosters restrictive supply-side climate policies. Department of Sociology, UC, Santa Barbara, April 20th.

Healy, N (2018). Limiting climate chaos: The case for disruptive climate politics. Department of Sociology, UC, Santa Barbara, April 18th.

Healy, N (2018). Disrupting carbon lock-in: The catalytic impact of the fossil fuel divestment movement. ESPM, UC, Berkeley, April 3rd.

Healy, N (2018). Workshop organizer. Anti-fossil fuel politics: social activism, government policy and international cooperation. ESPM, UC, Berkeley, April 3rd

Healy, N (2017). Limiting climate chaos: The case for disruptive climate politics. Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich, Rachael Carson Center Lunchtime Colloquium. Nov 2nd.

Healy, N (2017). The Catalytic Impact of global fossil fuel resistance movements. Department of Geography Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich, Nov 24th.

Healy, N (2017). Organizing for the Environment in a Post-Truth Era. Panelist. Invited panelist. Earth Day Salem State University. April 10th.

Healy, N (2017). Averting a climate crisis: The delegitimization of fossil fuels and the politics of an urgent transition. Primary Source Keynote. Watertown. March 22nd.

Healy, N. (2016). Facing the Surge. Invited Panel discussant with filmmaker Diogo Castro Freire. Salem State University.

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

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

Healy, N. (2016). Climate justice and fossil fuel divestment – A crude awakening. Invited talk for Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group, 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). 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.

Conference paper presentations 2015-present 

Healy, N., Supran, G., Cook, J., Achakulwisut, P., Piggot, G., Erickson, P., Jechova* L., Ugochi I* (2019)Supply-side climate policies: The overlooked climate policy “toolkit”. Association of American Geographers April 3-7. Washington DC. 

Healy, N (2018). Confronting fossil fuel lock-in. The catalytic impact of the fossil fuel divestment movement. Fossil Fuel Supply & Climate Policy. Oxford University. 

Healy, N (2017). Embodied energy justice: cross-scalar issues of global energy justice in the shift from coal to natural gas. Equity and Energy Justice – Low Carbon Energy for Development Network Conference, University of Durham.

Healy, N (2017). Reconceptualizing energy (in)justice: Democratizing energy system transitions, divestment and a 'just transition'. Conference paper at the Association of American Geographers, Boston. 

Debski, J* and Healy, N (2017). Fossil fuel divestment: Implications for the future of sustainability discourse and action within higher education. Conference paper at the Association of American Geographers, Boston. 

Healy, N & DeMasi, D*. (2017). The military-industrial-complex and climate change: Connecting demilitarization and decarbonization. AAG. Boston

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.

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.

Personal Interests


2021: Global Climate Policy Reboot: Launching a US-Canada Fossil Fuel Phase Out (Common Dreams)

2021: Climate change policy: Bigger picture policies (Solar Tribune)

2020: We can afford a green New Deal (GIZMODO)

2019: From declarations of climate emergencies to climate action (Queens University Policy blog)

2019: Judge Blocks Oil and Gas Leases on Public Land, Citing Climate Change 

2019: Healy, N., Stephen, J.C., Malin, S. (2019). Fossil fuels are bad for your health and harmful in many ways beyond climate change. The Conversation. 

2018: Blood coal in Colombia burned in Ireland (Climate Case Ireland)

2018: What Terrible Injustices Are Hiding Behind American Energy Habits? (DeSmogBlog)

2018: Source of Moneypoint Coal a burning issue (Clare Champion)

2018: Interview with Colombian National Radio (W-Radio)

2018: Blood Coal: Ireland's dirty secret (The Guardian)

2018: Confronting fossil fuel lock-in: The catalytic impact of the fossil fuel divestment movement (University of Oxford YouTube)

2018: ESB buying coal from 'harrowing' Colombian mine (The Times)

2018: Noel Healy awarded SSU Civic Engagement Hall of Fame award (Salem News)

2018: Dr. Noel Healy organizes international workshop on anti-fossil fuel politics at UC, Berkeley (Link to press release)

2018: Limiting Climate Chaos: The case for disruptive climate politics (Rachael Carson Center YouTube).

2018. Exxon Mislead public for 40 years on climate change study finds (Quoted in Irish Times)

2016: System change not climate change – The climate crisis and the fight for global justice (Primary Source YouTube).

2015: My Op-Ed: Why Salem State Should Divest From Fossil Fuels (Gloucester times link).

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

2015: The moral and economic case for divestment (Divest Salem State YouTube)