Noel Healy


Professional Details

Title Associate Professor
Department Geography
Office Meier Hall 326B
Phone 978.542.2542
Email noel.healy@salemstate.edu

Recent and Upcoming Courses

FYGE 100 First Year Seminar (geography)
GPH 100P Weather and Climate
GPH 105 Introduction to Geography
GPH 180 Saving the World- Social Justice in An Era of Climate Change
GPH 246 Parks and Protected Areas
GPH 247 Exploring Tourism Destinations
GPH 302 Geographic Research
GPH 365 Tourism Planning and Development
GPH 400 Directed Study in Geography

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, disruptive political-policy actions, restrictive supply-side climate policy, energy justice, and the link between academic knowledge, political activism, and policymaking. Dr. Healy’s projects have secured over $173,000 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 carbon lock-in, (2) socio-environmental impacts of unconventional natural gas extraction and open-pit coal mining, and (3) transitional justice and “just transition” actions for fossil-fuel-rich third-world countries. Dr. Healy is a Ludwig-Maximilian University (LMU) of Munich Rachel Carson Fellow. In 2018 he was awarded with a Salem State University Civic Engagement Hall of Fame award. Dr. Healy, originally from Ireland, 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). 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 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. Dr. Healy stresses the urgent need to move away from depoliticized reformist green-economy actions to a more proactive and highly politicized focus on the modern fossil fuel economy. His research is published in journals such as Energy Policy, Local Environment, Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning, Society and Natural Resources, Tourism Management, and Marine Policy

Professional Interests

  • Fossil fuel politics
  • Carbon lock-in
  • Restrictive supply-side climate policy
  • Disruptive politics
  • Climate and energy justice
  • Political economy of energy and extractive industries
  • Just transition 

Selected Publications

Peer-reviewed articles (*denotes undergraduate student co-author)

Healy, N., Stephens, J.C., Malin, S. (under review). Embodied energy injustice: Cross-scalar issues of global energy justice

Healy, N., (under review). A “just transition: for third world countries: the case of Colombian Coal”

Flannery, W., Healy, N. & Luna, M. (in progress). An actor-centered framework to assess situational determinants of climate change adaptation.

Healy, N., & Vardi, I. (in progress). FERC: Corporate carbon capture in the US.

Healy, N., Trencher, G., Supran, G. (in progress). Disrupting carbon lock-in: The catalytic impact of the fossil fuel divestment movement

Healy, N., and Rau, H (in progress). Why current EIA practices prevent a just energy turn

Healy, N., & Weis, T (forthcoming, 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. & Jamal, T. (2017). Enclave tourism. In: Lowry, L. (ed.) The SAGE International Encyclopedia of Travel and Tourism. SAGE. Los Angeles.

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., 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., 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.

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 

SELECT GRANTS/ ACADEMIC AWARDS

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.

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.

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

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

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 (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). 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.

Conference paper presentations 2015-present 

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. 

DeMasi, D* and Healy, N (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.

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.

Personal Interests

SELECT MEDIA COVERAGE:

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)

 

REVIEWER OF JOURNALS:

Energy Policy, Applied Energy, Energy Research and Social Sciences, Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, Society and Natural Resources, Tourism Management.  

 

CLIMATE ACTIVISM/ COMMUNITY WORK

SSU Civic Engagement Hall of Fame Award

Founder Divest SSU

Founder of Divest Salem State From Fossil Fuels Faculty Group

Witness For Peace Colombian delegate 2017-present