Call for papers for special issue - Humanitarian Engineering in 2022 and beyond


Call for papers for special issue 

Humanitarian Engineering in 2022 and beyond

In 2022 the Journal of Humanitarian Engineering celebrates its 10-year anniversary. Much has happened in the field of Humanitarian Engineering during this time. The world has changed and developed at an astounding pace. Millions of people have escaped extreme poverty and gained access to basic services like water, sanitation, energy, and shelter. The Sustainable Development Goals, the Sendai framework, and the Grand Bargain, have emerged to streamline and guide global efforts towards sustainable development, disaster risk reduction, and localised humanitarian response. Humanitarian Engineering as a field of education, research, and practice as also evolved. A range of formal courses and degree programs in Humanitarian Engineering, Development Engineering, and Global Engineering (and a plethora of other names) have emerged around the world, and Humanitarian Engineering has been recognised as a distinct research discipline in Australia by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Organisations and special interest groups like Engineering 4 Change, Engineers without Borders, Engineering World Health, and IEEE SIGHT have grown their presence and influence as well. With all these rapid and significant changes, what is the role of Humanitarian Engineers in 2022 and beyond?

In this special issue, we take stock of Humanitarian Engineering (and the many other names it is known by) in 2022 and consider the future of this rapidly growing field of research, education, and practice. Contributions to this special issue will respond to one or more of the following questions:

  • What is Humanitarian Engineering and what makes it distinct from other engineering disciplines (e.g. Civil or Environmental Engineering)?
  • What is ‘best practice’ in Humanitarian Engineering research and/or practice in 2022, how has it changed over time, and how might it look in the future?
  • What is happening at the nexus of humanitarian engineering research and practice in 2022 and beyond?
  • What are the core skills Humanitarian Engineers need to work effectively and ethically? How do we teach these skills to Humanitarian Engineers of the future?
  • How is Humanitarian Engineering taught at universities around the world in 2022 and what are opportunities for improving Humanitarian Engineering education?
  • How do we professionalise Humanitarian Engineering?

We call for contributions from humanitarian engineering students, professionals, academics, and those living in humanitarian contexts. We particularly welcome papers written in collaboration across these groups, and warmly encourage those who have not previously published work in an academic journal to submit an extended abstract. Mentorship opportunities are available to support such authors through the development of manuscripts and peer-review process. Please contact if you are interested in this opportunity.

Submission process

Authors are invited to submit an extended abstract of between 400 and 700 words (excluding references, figures, and tables), outlining the main aim and focus of their proposed contribution. Authors should summarise their arguments and or findings and their relevance to this special issue.

Following a review of abstracts, authors will be notified whether they have been invited to submit a full paper. Full papers will be a maximum of 5,000 words for research papers, 8,000 words for review papers, and 2,500 for practical papers (excluding references and footnotes). Please note in your extended abstract submission which type of paper you intend to submit.

Full papers will go through 1-2 rounds of peer review and will receive final editorial support for copy-editing and typesetting.


Extended abstract deadline:              November 5, 2021

Decision on abstract:                         December 3, 2021

Full paper deadline:                           March 4, 2022

Expected publication:                        July 2022