Engineering and Social Justice : In the University and Beyond

Engineering and Social Justice : In the University and Beyond (Hardback)

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 Engineering and Social Justice :  In the University and Beyond
Purdue University Press
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Book Description

An increasing number of researchers and educators in the field of engineering wish to integrate considerations of social justice into their work and practice. In this volume, an international team of authors, from a range of disciplinary backgrounds, invite scholars to think and teach in new ways that acknowledge the social, as well as technical, impact engineering can have on our world and that open possibilities for social justice movements to help shape engineering/technology. The book examines three areas of an engineering academic’s professional role: teaching, research, and community engagement. Some of the authors have created classes to help students think through their roles as engineering practitioners in a changing society, and present case studies here. They also explore questions of access to engineering education. Other contributors are focusing their research on improving the lives of the marginalized and powerless. Yet others are engaging local groups and exploring ways in which universities might serve their communities and in which academic institutions can themselves be more socially just. The contributors take a broad social and ecological justice perspective to critique existing practices and explore alternatives. The result is a handbook for all scholars of engineering who think beyond the technical elements of their field, and an essential reader for anyone who believes in the transformative power of the discipline.


The frontmatter including Table of Contents, can be downloaded as PDF here.

You can also watch an interview about the book with editor, Alice Pawley, broadcast on WBAA Public Radio on February 5, 2012.

About the Editor(s):

Caroline Baillie is Chair of Engineering Education for the Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics at the University of Western Australia. Caroline co-founded the global "Engineering and Social Justice" network and applies this lens to her own technical work on low cost natural fibre composites for developing countries. Her not-for-profit organization ‘Waste for Life' ( works to create poverty-reducing solutions to environmental issues. Caroline has more than 160 publications in Materials Engineering and Engineering Education including 18 books in Engineering and Engineering Education including practice and development, teaching and supervision, science and engineering knowledge development, education and social justice.

Alice is an assistant professor in the School of Engineering Education and an affiliate faculty member in the Women’s Studies Program at Purdue University. Alice has a B.Eng. in chemical engineering from McGill University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in industrial engineering with a Ph.D. minor in women’s studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is co-PI on Purdue University’s ADVANCE initiative.

Donna Riley is Associate Professor and a founding faculty member in the Picker Engineering Program at Smith College, the first accredited engineering program at a U.S. women’s college. Donna received her Ph.D. in engineering and public policy from Carnegie Mellon University and her B.S.E. in chemical engineering from Princeton University.