Faculty Profile

Dr Barry Healy

Assistant Professor

School of Business and Economics

Department of Management

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Recently, Dr. Barry Healy co-authored (with Dr. Feng Jing), a paper employing a Discourse Historical Analysis of China’s Football governance bodies anti-corruption drive, [under review]. He has also just authored a paper which measured the quality of discourse within Northern Ireland’s District Policing Partnerships meetings in public [under review]. He received a BA, MBS and PhD from University College Cork. From 2013-2016, he lectured in Research Methods, European Governance Culture and Academic Writing Skills at Harbin Institute of Technology (Weihai Campus: China). From 2016-2017, He also lectured at Tsinghua University (China) in Critical Thinking and Research Methodologies. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor in the Office of Chairman but also attached to the Department of Management at University of Management and Technology (Lahore, Pakistan). Contemporary versions of governance means that the very language of governance as employed by those in positions of influence effects governance processes and their outcomes. Accordingly, discourse becomes part of the issues of our collective concerns on topics such as public policy, inclusion, responsibility and accountability. By distinguishing discourses which represents (good) governance from the more representative democratic models, perspectives or positions we can come to understand (good) governance better, from a range of interdisciplinary social practices such as corruption, policing, urbanization, and even sport.   With this extensive background governance and discourse he researches and lectures through these interconnected prism.  In which this interconnection forms a continuum where Habermasian Deliberative Theory is set at one end and where Foucauldian Power/Knowledge rest at the other. Subsequently as part of his research and teaching armor, he brings such techniques as discourse quality indexes, conversational and content analysis, Fairclough’s Critical Discourse Analysis, van Dijk’s Cognitive Critical Discourse Analysis and Wodak’s Discourse Historical Analysis to beer. In addition, in all his employment positions, he has lectured on Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods. At UMT, he also gives lecture in Organizational Behavior, again he incorporates an interdisciplinary approach.  As part of the office of Chairman and being attached to Department of Management, he has had many opportunities to lecture across a number of disciplines and schools such as linguistics, sociology and of course governance and business. Certainly, this interdisciplinary nature is encouraged by my UMT peers and head of schools to be.

Research Interests

His strategy is differentiated by the main research interests and commitments:

  • (Good) Governance: Based on Deliberative Underpinnings:  He is particularly interested in Policing Governance and Police Policy Decision-Making which includes public participation in transparent and inclusive settings. Since much of contemporary crime-problem-solving processes lay where “policing is done with a community, not to the community”. Many partnerships and oversight bodies, within what Habermas terms the public sphere, now command significant influence.
  • As such, to understand why such partnerships and oversight processes are required? There is a need for research to extensively incorporate many discourse theoretical aspects as well as criminology, specifically Critical (Radical) Criminology. This allows, for better and broader understandings, which in turn are vital for the enhancement of good governance, legitimacy and public trust.  Much of my studies employ two distinct approaches: first, 1) the Habermasian and its broader deliberative conceptions influenced by difference theorists. This gives a version of the self, based on our collective selves. Secondly  2) the contrasting Foucauldian Power/Knowledge, to give us an individual version of the self 
  • Discourse Studies: Although he is very well versed in a wide range discourse studies ranging from Discourse Quality Indexes (DQIs), semiotics, conversational analysis and multi-model. He generally gives lecture in and employ Fariclough’s Critical Discourse Analysis, Van Dijk’s Cognitive Critical Discourse Analysis and Wodak’s Discourse Historical Analysis
  • As a PhD student in UCC, he began teaching Research Methodologies and Methods, (Quantitative and Qualitative) first as tutor and then in some cases lecturing. In all subsequent employment positions, lecturing in research methods is something he continues to do, and that all his employers have encouraged. He generally, lectures or gives seminars in research methodologies to undergraduate, Master and PhD students; incorporating the vital role Critical thinking plays in all research.

Current Research Project

Measuring the accumulation of trust among Pakistan elites in CPEC’s role in the country’s development. Trust is a key foundation for decision-making and for governance. Through high quality discourse (Habermasian ideals based upon his discourse ethics) trust is said to be established and forged in three distinct ways: rational, experiential and institutional. Hence, by researching CEPC in these terms, clearer critical assessments can be made. Data can also be presented on where and how talk-centered (spirit of accommodation) processes and decision-making institutions meet to form stability in the shape of good governance. 

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