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Published: 2022-07-19
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About the Journal of Humanitarian Engineering

Humanitarian engineering is about applying and developing technology, not to meet a market or financial opportunity, but to address a real human need. It is about serving disadvantaged communities or groups, often overlooked by traditional engineering and technology projects. From poverty alleviation to disability access, humanitarian engineering highlights a new approach to developing and implementing socio-technical solutions that improve human life and well-being. The JHE was established in 2012 to provide a forum for such research to be published. The JHE is published by Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Australia.

Research that collects dust on shelves, or is stored away in the depths of an electronic archive, is research that fails to make an impact. Dissemination is key, and this is why the JHE is free to submit to and free to access. This is made possible by a hard-working team of volunteers and generous support from EWB Australia and its partners.

We love to receive contributions from all occupations within the humanitarian engineering sector; practitioners, policy-makers, academics, students, and communities themselves. We encourage submissions that focus on the application of engineering and technology for the benefit of disadvantaged communities; topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Water, sanitation, and hygiene
  • Waste treatment
  • Appropriate technologies
  • Renewable energy
  • Disability access
  • Affordable housing and construction
  • Information and communication technologies
  • Humanitarian engineering education/service learning
  • Applications of humanitarian engineering in policy and practice

Please note that 'humanitarian engineering' is often known by a plethora of other names, some of which include 'development engineering', 'global engineering', 'technologies for development' and 'appropriate technologies'. We are very happy to receive submissions from all of these and related fields.

If you are interested in submitting an article, but have not previously published in an academic journal, or require some assistance in preparing a submission in English, please contact us ( as we are able to offer authorship mentoring.

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The JHE is proudly published by Engineers Without Borders Australia, indexed in the Directory of Open Access Journals, and a member of CrossRef.