ESJP 2018 Blog

The organizing team of ESJP 13 want to share their ideas, thoughts and experiences of the event. To do this, we created a blog with some nice info and photos of the event. View it here. Please feel free to share your photos and notes to enrich this initiative.

ESJP 13 Conference

ESJP 13 – January 25-27, 2018

The Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering at the University of San Diego is delighted to host the 13th annual Engineering, Social Justice and Peace (ESJP) conference January 25th-27th 2018. This conference celebrates the commitment that USD and the Shiley-Marcos School have made through their RED (Revolutionizing Engineering Departments) program to support the development of engineering students who are “changemakers” for social justice, economic development and sustainability on a global scale.  

This year’s ESJP Conference is affiliated with The RSA.

For more information, please visit the conference website:

Call for Papers EJSP 13

Call for Papers
Engineering, Social Justice and Peace Conference (ESJP) 13
Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, University of San Diego
San Diego, US
Jan 25th to 27th 2018 
Valuing and honoring our commitments

ESJP 13 at the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, USD

The Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering at the University of San Diego is delighted to host the 13th annual Engineering, Social Justice and Peace (ESJP) conference January 25th-27th 2018. This conference celebrates the commitment that USD and the Shiley-Marcos School have made through their RED (Revolutionizing Engineering Departments) program to support the development of engineering students who are “changemakers” for social justice, economic development and sustainability on a global scale.


ESJP was founded in 2004 by a group of academics who questioned the complex relationship that engineering has with social and environmental justice. In order to ensure that continuing and future practices were not explicitly or unwittingly supporting injustices but actively promoting justice, these founders began to discuss, with academics of other disciplines, practitioners, activists, students and local community members, what it means to be a just engineer. Since then, many individuals and groups around the globe have been attempting to enact these ideas in their engineering practice, their teaching and in their writings. In recent weeks, however, we have seen a new war on social justice. Many are dissatisfied with existing political and economic structures and an increasing poverty gap. Few know what to do about this, without causing further and unprecedented traumatic injustice. Hope of a just world seems even further away and we believe more than ever that we need to stand firm in our commitments to justice and equity. ESJP’s commitments can be found at this link.

As with all our meetings, ESJP 13 will be interdisciplinary by design and we welcome those who are able to help deconstruct our historical and current engineering practices, as well as those who are interested to work together to build alternatives. We welcome educators who wish to learn how to bring social justice to their engineering classes, together with those who are already doing so. We welcome students who wish to be socially just engineers in the future. We welcome in fact anyone, from inside or outside of academia, who values our commitments and wishes to join us on our journey. There will be no formal papers or talks at the meeting but sessions will all be engaged activities and discussions. We will also visit local community programs and see engineering and social justice in action. If you would like to contribute to the conference, please send a short abstract of up to 500 words, describing the topic for discussion, and the format required. Proposals can include any of the following structures and should be sent by email to before June 1st 2017:

  • Workshop (engaged activities of up to one hour)
  • Panel discussion (four speakers of five min each plus discussion – one hour slot)
  • Individual paper (ten minute talk plus discussion – half hour slot)
  • Artistic contributions: poetry, theatre, interactive active art session, exhibition
  • You may also propose any other structure– be creative! Zines, photographic competitions, online events, dances etc etc

Due to our values base in social justice we wish to support access to the meeting for anyone who wishes to come and fits our aims and values. We welcome expressions of interest from those who face barriers in travelling to the conference. It is possible that we can include at least one session in Tijuana, Mexico and / or online sessions as appropriate. We will also have a sliding scale for the registration fee (cost recovery only) which will be based on ability to pay, and will be announced at a later date. 

ESJP 2016 Call for Papers

Annual Conference of the International Network of Engineering, Social Justice and Peace
Copenhagen, Denmark
10-12 August 2016

Call for Contributions

The Centre for Design and Innovation for Sustainable Transitions at
Aalborg University in Copenhagen (Denmark)

is honoured to host the meeting with the following themes:

· Sustainability, Social Justice and Peace: Sustainability has been on the policymaking agenda since Rio 1992 and has now regained visibility with the replacement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Yet in this 23-year span, sustainability efforts have fallen short of including social justice and peace, and especially considering the role of engineers in this inclusion. We invite contributions that shed light on how engineers and engineering can contribute to the SDGs particularly emphasizing aspects of social justice and peace.

· Migration and Refugees Crises: The last two years have seen sharp increases in the number of migrants and refugees fleeing from human conflict and extreme natural events (e.g., war in Syria, ethnic cleansing in Sudan, the mining disaster in Minas Gerais, Brasil, or the earthquake in Nepal). These crises pose humanitarian challenges of immediate response and long-term solutions. We invite contributions addressing the causes of the crises as well as their solutions, emphasizing the role that engineers and engineering can play in bringing social justice and peace to these challenges.

· Other topics that address the intersection of engineering and social justice/peace, including militarism and war, energy and environment, food and water systems, transportation infrastructure, bio/nano/info technologies, community engagement initiatives, engineering education for social justice/peace, and others.

Across all themes we encourage contributions that speak to root causes of social injustice – for example, capitalism, militarism, racism, colonialism, and xenophobia figure prominently in the themes selected for this year’s conference. Whether the contribution focuses on analysis of injustice or in developing strategies for building a more just world, keeping root causes at the center can ensure that social justice is addressed directly.

Format: Interactive presentations, workshops, and other activities emphasizing audience engagement. We encourage participants to use active participatory methodologies with minimal use of projected slideshow presentations (e.g., Power Point, Keynote, or similar). We encourage active dialogue, discussion, and collective elaboration of presentation themes.

Proposals for participation should include a title, names and affiliations of contributors, the proposed contribution format (e.g., interactive presentation, roundtable, workshop, performance, other), and an abstract not longer than 300 words.

Deadline for submissions: 30 March 2016

Full papers are not required for participation in the conference. However, we invite interested participants to submit full papers for publication consideration in the International Journal of Engineering, Social Justice, and Peace. Submissions received by 11 July 2016 will be reviewed before the conference by the Journal’s editors, who will be available at the conference to discuss your submission.

Organizers: Andrés Valderrama and Ulrik Jørgensen
Center for Design and Innovation for Sustainable Transitions
Aalborg University – Copenhagen Campus
A C Meyers Vænge 15, Copenhagen SV 2450, Denmark

ESJP 2015: Day 3

The conference went on the road for day 3 to a town in the nearby mountains to visit a social justice movement where engineers and engineering have played a central role. Thanks again to UPRM for the resources they provided.

In 1980, the  Casa Pueblo movement was founded in response to the proposal to begin large open pit mining across the width of Puerto Rico. A team of activists including artists, scientists, and engineers protested the grave consequences the mining projects would create by founding Casa Pueblo. And, after mobilizing with the community, the movement successfully stopped the open pit mining campaign. One of the leaders of the movement, Alexis Mossol-Martinez, led a presentation to the audience about the movement and its history.

Today, the Casa Pueblo movement is still very active. One of its objectives has always been the creation of art in support of the movement, reflecting its commitment to art, a small school for music trains children from the community.

Casa Pueblo also runs an amazing “Escuela de Bosque” or Forest School. Here, Casa Pueblo educates the public about the importance of the rain forest to Puerto Rico’s survival.

The forest was beautiful, but unfortunately I didn’t get any pictures because of the rim and my desire to keep my phone dry. When we got back to the bus, the group was soaked, but happy to have visited.


Day 3 was also end of the conference. The conference was my first, and it was also the first conference that I had the opportunity to critically engage the engineering practice with a community of others. I hope to come back to many more, and hopefully, to places like Mayagüez who was such a great host.

ESJP 2015: Day 2

Day 2 continued on with the second and final day of presentations. One of which featured the imaginative and creative demonstration that encapsulated Dr Andrew Brightman’s empathy research at Purdue University. 

Dr Brightman’s demonstration asked audience members to identify the sensual experience of various interactions, like the sensations of eating a blueberry. By thinking deeply about their sensory perceptions, audience members could think about the common perceptions others might have had.

For lunch and dinner, participants dined on wonderful boricuan plates. The pastel featured below had a tasty yuca outside with a delicious chicken or pork stuffing.

Conference participants also had the privilege to visit the experimental station at the UPR-Mayagüez campus that is unique in a U.S. context. The experimental station features plant research that is only possible in the tropical climate of Puerto Rico. Suffice it to say, the plants here are beautiful and unique.   One of the trees growing at the station produced a beautiful flower with an equally beautiful fragrance.

Stay tuned for the final blog post about Day 3.

ESJP 2015: Day 1

This year, the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez played host to the 2015 Engineering, Social Justice, and Peace conference, and let me start off by saying how great of hosts the university has been and how lucky we are to have been able to learn from the knowledge shared by the presenters.
Presentations kicked off on Thursday. The day featured discussions about challenging dominant mindsets in the classroom as well the social justice centered work that is going on at UPR-M led by faculty across academic disciplines.

One of the great indulgences of the conference has been the food. The organizers have used the food to represent the beauty, creativity, and cultural convergence within Puerto Rican culture, and it has been quite effective to say the least. Dinner featured a delicious mashed root, tilapia, bananas, veggies, and a delicious bread pudding. If anything, the conference has been a tour de force of nourishment for both mind and body.

ESJP 2015: Call for Contributions

Make your plans to come to the

11th Annual Engineering, Social Justice, and Peace (ESJP) Conference !

The conference website is up with registration and detailed agenda.

September 3-6, 2015, UPRM Campus, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico

Call for Contributions (June 1 deadline for proposals; Sept 1 deadline for papers)

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