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 Introduction to Geography
GPH 115 Global Climate Change: Causes and Consequences
GPH 180 Saving the World- Social Justice in An Era of Climate Change
GPH 246 Parks and Protected Areas
GPH 302 Geographic Research
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 $175,000 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. He is also published in The Guardian, Scientific American and The Conversation Colombian national radio WRadioDeSmogBlogThe Times, and Gizmodo have reported on Dr. Healy's research. 

Professional Interests

  • Fossil fuel politics 
  • Climate & energy justice 
  • Political ecology 
  • Fossil fuel lock-in
  • Energy transformations
  • Supply-side climate policies
  • Political economy of energy and extractive industries
  • Just transition
  • Global Climate Governance
  • Participatory processes in environmental decision-making 

Selected Publications

Galvin, R., & Healy, N. (2002). 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. & 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 


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 (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). 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., 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.

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


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)



Energy Research & Social Science, Global Environmental Change; Energy Policy; Applied Energy; Review of Social Economy; Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning; Society and Natural Resources; Fennia: International Journal of Geography; Tourism Management; Current Issues in Tourism; Tourism Geography; Journal of Heritage Tourism; Irish Geography. 



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

Sunrise Movement mentor