Focus and Scope

Focus The International Journal of Engineering, Social Justice, and Peace is dedicated to the theory and practice of engineering that extends social justice and peace in the world. Our approach works toward engineering practices that enhance gender, racial, class, and cultural equity and are democratic, non-oppressive, and non-violent. The journal serves practicing engineers, engineering educators, and a general audience that seeks to better understand the progressive potential of engineering. The journal is peer reviewed, and the peer-review process is designed accommodate scholars as well as engineering practitioners and other interested parties. Scope IJESJP examines the relationships between engineering practices and their local contexts and promotes community empowerment through engineering problem solving, broadly conceived. The journal’s purview includes scholarship and critical reflection on the following themes:

  • Alternative practices and conceptual frameworks of engineering that contribute to community empowerment, especially as related to the way engineering is organized and managed and what it is that engineers do and who it is they do it for;
  • Mainstream practices and conceptual frameworks of engineering that work at cross purposes to social justice and peace, including the relationship between engineering and dominant economic, government, and cultural institutions;
  • The relationship between engineering and the publics it serves, including needs assessments, engineer-community engagements, public dialogue surrounding engineering work, and engineers’ roles in technology policy making;
  • Engineering education strategies aimed at promoting social justice and/or peace, including matters of pedagogy, curricula design, and academic values and institutions.

Core values We work towards progressive, post development practices which are non-oppressive, non-violent and which enhance gender, racial, class, and cultural equity.

Peer Review Process

Our aim is to create a peer review process that is constructive and supportive of one another in the work for social justice. Feedback to authors should be encouraging and welcoming. It should also be critical in the sense of making recommendations toward the end of furthering the work. We seek to avoid reviews that are personally insulting and that enforce academic or disciplinary hierarchies. Because we are an interdisciplinary journal, we will make every effort to include a variety of disciplinary perspectives among reviewers assigned to each reviewed submission. More information about our values can be found here.


Publication Frequency

We publish one-two issues per year and welcome submissions on a continuous basis.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.



This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...