Dr Ruth Healey

Senior Lecturer in Human Geography


I am a human geographer with interests in asylum and immigration to the developed world, and teaching geography in higher education.  My present research broadly focuses upon enhancing higher education teaching and research.  This includes, supporting undergraduate students to develop ethical thinking skills; exploring student-staff partnerships as a way of improving student engagement in higher education; and investigating gender differences in academic research activity.  

Qualifications


BSc (University of Sheffield), MA (University of Sheffield), MA (University of Chester), PhD (University of Sheffield), FRGS, NTF, SFHEA

Professional Affiliations
Royal Geographical Society Fellow (FRGS)
International Network for Learning and Teaching Geography in Higher Education (INLT)
Editorial Board Member of the International Journal for Students as Partners (IJSaP)
Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Geography in Higher Education (JGHE)
Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
National Teaching Fellow (NTF)

 

Teaching


I am module leader for:

  • GE4003: Foundations for Successful Studentship
  • GE5015: Society and Space
  • GE5006: Tutorials
  • GE5008: Fieldwork Applications: New York
  • GE6018: Excluded Peoples? Migrants and Refugees
  • GE6022: Tutorials

I also teach on Introduction to Human Geography at Level 4, Researcher Development at Level 5, and supervise Dissertations at Level 6. 

Research


Current research projects

‘Students as change agents: student-staff partnership in feedback through self and peer assessment’ (£5,000 Quality-Related Research Funding, University of Chester) in collaboration with Professor Derek France and Dr Katharine Welsh (Department of Geography and International Development, University of Chester)

‘Module design and development through student-staff partnerships: process, experiences and engagement’ (£8,000 Quality-Related Research Funding, University of Chester) in collaboration with Dr Katharine Welsh and Professor Derek France (Department of Geography and International Development, University of Chester)

‘Gender and representation in the Research Excellence Framework’ (£29,798 Research Knowledge Transfer Office, University of Chester) in collaboration with Dr Chantal Davies (Law School, University of Chester)

Research Funding

  • Quality-Related Research Funding, University of Chester (September 2016-July 2017) Students as change agents: student-staff partnership in feedback through self and peer assessment £5,000
  • Quality-Related Research Funding, University of Chester (November 2015-July 2016) Module design and development through student-staff partnerships: process, experiences and engagement £8,000
  • Research Knowledge Transfer Office (June 2015-July 2016) Gender and representation in the Research Excellence Framework £29,798
  • Manchester Geographical Society (2011-12) Seeing the City Anew: Refugee Experiences of Manchester, £860.00
    University of Chester Learning and Teaching Institute (2010-11) ‘The Ethical Student’: Enhancing the Teaching of Ethics in the Undergraduate Curriculum, £10,000.
  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) (2008) Overseas Institutional Visit Award to Concordia University, Montréal, CA, February – April and three months further PhD Grant, £6,242.
  • International Network for Learning and Teaching Geography in Higher Education (2006) Young Persons’ Grant for INLT Workshop, £100.
  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) (2005-08) +3 competition award with a PhD research project to investigate ‘Skill utilisation of refugees: the case of Tamil refugees in the UK’, £36,000.
  • Population Geography Research Group Travel bursary for the AAG (2005), £120.
  • University of Sheffield bursary to undertake the MA Human Geography Research (2004-05) £10,000.

Published work


Refugee and migration research

Healey, R.L. (2017) Asylum, in S. Morley, J. Turner, P. Taylor & K. Corteen (Eds.) A Companion to State Power, Liberties & Rights (Policy Press, Bristol), pp. 10-13. 

Hand, D., Davies, C. & Healey, R.L. (2016) Can Rights be Ring-fenced in Times of Austerity? Equality, Equity and Judicial 'Trusteeship' over the UK's Fairness Agenda, in A. Driver & J. Miller (Eds.) Justiciability of Human Rights Law in Domestic Jurisdictions (Springer: London). 

Healey, R.L. (2014) Gratitude and hospitality: Tamil refugee employment in London and the conditional nature of integration, Environment and Planning A 46(3): 614-628. 

Darling, J.M., Healey, R.L. & Healey, L. with Kalu, S., Rashid, K. & Sued, I. (2012) Seeing the city anew: asylum seeker perspectives of 'belonging' in Greater Manchester, North West Geography 12(1): 20-28.

Healey, R.L. (2010) Gender variation in asylum experiences in the UK: the role of patriarchy and coping strategies, Journal of Identity and Migration Studies 4(2): 24-43. 

Healey, R.L. (2010) Book Review: 'Cambodian Refugees in Ontario: Resettlement, Religion and Identity', Ethnic and Racial Studies, 33(10): 1842-1844.

Healey, R.L. (2010) Refugee Employment Experiences: The Case of Tamil Refugees in the UK, PhD Thesis Executive Summary.

Healey, R. L. (2006) Asylum seekers and refugees: a structuration theory analysis of their experiences in the UK, Population, Space and Place 12(4): 257-271.


Higher Education research

Cliffe, A., Cook-Sather, A., Healey, M., Healey, R. L., Marquis, E., Matthews, K.E., Lucy Mercer-Mapstone, L., Ntem, A., Puri, V., & Woolmer, C. (2017) Launching a journal about and through students as partners, IJSaP 1(1) https://mulpress.mcmaster.ca/ijsap 

Davies, C. & Healey, R. L. (2017) Hacking through the Gordian Knot: Can facilitating operational mentoring untangle the gender research productivity puzzle in HE? Studies in Higher Education.

Ribchester, C. & Healey, R. L. (2017) Writing effective scenarios to support the development of the ethical thinking skills of undergraduate students, Journal of Further and Higher Education.  

Davies, C., Healey R.L. & Cliffe, A. (2016) Gendered Experiences of Academic Staff in Relation to Research Activity and the REF2014, Forum for Research into Equality and Diversity, University of Chester. 

Healey, M. and Healey, R.L. (2016) How to conduct a literature search, N.J. Clifford and G. Valentine (Eds.) Key Methods in Geography, 3rd Edition (London: Sage): 16-34.

Healey, R.L. & Ribchester, C. (2016) Developing ethical geography students?  The impact and effectiveness of a tutorial based approach, Journal of Geography in Higher Education 40(2): 302-319. 

Moore-Cherry, N., Healey R.L. Nicholson, D.T., & Andrews, W. (2015) Inclusive partnership: Enhancing student engagement in Geography, Journal of Geography in Higher Education.  Online First. 

Healey R.L. (2014) How engaged are undergraduate students in ethics and ethical thinking?  An analysis of the ethical development of undergraduates by discipline, Student Engagement and Experience Journal 3(2): 1-21. 

Healey, R.L. (2013) Ethical thinking in a disciplinary context: the ethical development of undergraduates and expectations of tutors in the arts, social and pure sciences, Society for Research into Higher Education Conference Proceedings

Healey, R.L., Bass, T., Caulfield, J., Hoffman, A., McGinn, M.K., Miller-Young, J. and Haigh, M. (2013) Being ethically minded: Practising the scholarship of teaching and learning in an ethical manner, Teaching and Learning Inquiry 1(2): 23-32.

Healey, R.L. (2012) The power of debates? Reflections on their potential for geography in higher education: teaching for social transformation through debate, Journal of Geography in Higher Education 36(2): 239-257.

Healey, R.L., Ribchester, C. & Ross, K. (2011) 'The Ethical Student': Enhancing the Teaching of Ethics in the Undergraduate Curriculum, for the Learning and Teaching Institute, University of Chester.

Healey, R.L., Ribchester, C. & Ross, K. (2011) 'The ethical student': teaching ethics for critical thinking in the undergraduate curriculum, Society for Research into Higher Education Conference Proceedings.

Vajoczki, S., Biegas, T.C., Crenshaw, M.W., Healey, R.L., Osayomi, T., Bradford, M. & Monk, J. (2011) Professional development for early career geographers: contexts, practices and tensions, Journal of Geography in Higher Education 35(3): 395-408.

Bærenholdt, J.O, Everts, J., Granås, B., Gregson, N. & Healey, R.L. (2010) Performing academic practice: using the master class to build postgraduate discursive competences, Journal of Geography in Higher Education 34(2): 283-298.

Boyd, W.E., Healey, R.L., Hardwick, S.W. and Haigh, M. with contributions from Klein, P., Doran, B., Trafford, J. and Bradbeer J. (2010) “None of us sets out to hurt people”: An essay on The Ethical Geographer and geography curricula in higher education, in M. Healey, E. Pawson and M. Solem (Eds.) Active Learning and Student Engagement: International Perspectives and Practices in Geography in Higher Education (London: Routledge): 22-35.   

Wellens, J., Bernardi, A., Chalkley, B., Chambers, B., Healey, R.L., Monk, J., and Vender, J. (2010) Teaching geography for social transformation, in M. Healey, E. Pawson and M. Solem (Eds.) Active Learning and Student Engagement: International Perspectives and Practices in Geography in Higher Education (London: Routledge): 150-164.

Healey, M. & Healey, R. L. (2009) How to conduct a literature search, N.J. Clifford and G. Valentine (Eds.) Key Methods in Geography, 2nd Edition (London: Sage): 16-34.

Boyd, W.E., Healey, R.L., Hardwick, S.W. and Haigh, M. with contributions from Klein, P., Doran, B., Trafford, J. and Bradbeer J. (2008) “None of us sets out to hurt people”: An essay on The Ethical Geographer and geography curricula in higher education, Journal of Geography in Higher Education 32(1): 37-50. 

Healey, R. L. & Healey, M. (2008) Book Review: 'Aspiring Academics: A Resource Book for Graduate Students and Early Career Faculty', International Journal of Academic Development 13(3): 219-221.

Wellens, J., Bernardi, A., Chalkley, B., Chambers, B., Healey, R.L., Monk, J., and Vender, J. (2006) Teaching geography for social transformation, Journal of Geography in Higher Education 30(1): 117-131.


Recent conference papers:

2017

‘Engaging students as partners and as change agents’, with Mick Healey.  Learning and Teaching Conference Workshop, Writtle University College, UK, July 2017. 

‘Embedding active, research and inquiry based learning in the college-based curriculum', with Mick Healey.  Learning and Teaching Conference Workshop, Writtle University College, UK, July 2017. 

‘Students as partners: The vision for the Student Experience Committee?’ with Becky Lees and Peter Jenner.  Student Experience Committee Meeting, University of Chester, UK, July 2017. 

‘Developing your research career’, with Chantal Davies, Elizabeth Christopher, Claire Griffiths and Kathryn Leighton.  Diversity Festival Workshop, University of Chester, UK, March 2017.

2016

‘Designing and developing courses through staff-student partnerships: processes, experiences and engagement’. Journal of Geography in Higher Education @40 Anniversary Conference, London, December 2016. 

‘Analysing stories of developing the curriculum through staff-student partnerships: processes, experiences and engagement’.  International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSoTL) Annual Conference, Los Angeles, USA, October 2016.

‘Scaling the Mountain: an exploration of gendered experience of academic staff in relation to the Research Excellence Framework 2014’, with Chantal Davies and Anthony Cliffe (presented by Anthony Cliffe and Ruth Healey).  Higher Education Conference, Amsterdam, July 2016. 

‘Designing and developing courses through staff-student partnerships: processes, experiences and engagement’.  Higher Education Conference, Amsterdam, July 2016. 

‘Supporting the development of university students’ ethical thinking skills’, with Chris Ribchester.  Higher Education Conference, Amsterdam, July 2016.

‘Scaling the Mountain: an exploration of gendered experience of academic staff in relation to the Research Excellence Framework 2014’, with Chantal Davies and Anthony Cliffe.  University of Chester, Diversity Festival, February 2016. 

2015

‘Scaling the Mountain: an exploration of gendered experience of academic staff in relation to the Research Excellence Framework 2014’, with Chantal Davies and Anthony Cliffe (presented by Chantal Davies and Ruth Healey).  Society for Research into Higher Education, Annual Conference, Newport, December 2015. 

2014

‘Supporting the development of university students’ ethical thinking skills’, with Chris Ribchester. Higher Education Academy, Annual Conference, Aston University, July 2014. 

‘Understanding and supporting the ethical development of university students’, with Chris Ribchester.  Bangor University Learning and Teaching Seminar Series, March 2014.

2012

‘Teaching ethical thinking in a disciplinary context: the ethical development of undergraduates and expectations of tutors in the arts, social and pure sciences’.  International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSoTL) Annual Conference, Hamilton, Canada, October 2012. 

2011

‘The ethical student’: teaching ethics for critical thinking in the undergraduate curriculum, with Chris Ribchester and Kimberley Ross (presented by Ruth Healey and Chris Ribchester).  Society for Research into Higher Education, Annual Conference, Newport, December 2011. 

‘The ethical student’: enhancing the teaching of ethics in the undergraduate curriculum’ with Chris Ribchester and Kimberley Ross.  University of Chester Annual Conference: Exploring engagement concepts in Higher Education, Workshop. September 2011

‘The ethical student’: enhancing the teaching of ethics in the undergraduate curriculum’ with Chris Ribchester and Kimberley Ross.  Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences Student and Staff Motivations and HEA Transitions Conference, Birmingham, July 2011.

‘The ethical student’: enhancing the teaching of ethics in the undergraduate curriculum’ with Chris Ribchester and Kimberley Ross.  University of Chester Learning and Teaching Institute Seminar, March 2011.