Call for Papers: Engineering/Design for Development and Well-being/Agency/Justice

A two-day international workshop
“Engineering/Design for Development and Well-being/Agency/Justice” on Thursday 20 & Friday 21 November 2014 at the Delft University of Technology welcomes contributions.


Many people, especially in the global South, still lack the opportunities to do and be what they have reason to value, to lead a flourishing human life. New technologies, products and services can play a significant role in improving this situation, but may also fail to do so or worse; have negative side effects.This workshop/seminar will critically reflect on engineering/design for development, but also look into concrete methods and approaches to effectuate positive change in practice, and in educating engineers/designers as future practitioners. It will do so from the perspective of three key values: wellbeing, agency and justice.

The focus on the values of well-being, agency and justice is not a coincidence. They are, it could be argued, the three key values in the capability approach, an influential normative framework developed by economist Amartya Sen and philosopher Martha Nussbaum. The capability approach conceptualizes these values in relation to individual, valuable human capabilities.
The organizers of this workshop/seminar welcome contributions that make use of the capability approach in relation to engineering/design for development. However, work based on alternative understandings of well-being, agency and justice is equally welcome.

Call for papers

Workshop participants are asked to submit a paper abstract or workshop proposal in the area of engineering/design for development, addressing one of the following:
a) Philosophical/ethical issues (paper)
b) Case studies (paper)
c) Engineering/design methods/approaches (paper or workshop)
d) Teaching methods/approaches (paper or workshop)
All contributions need to explicitly address one or more of the values of well-being, agency or justice.
Academic research papers
For each paper 30 minutes will be available (20 min. presentation + 10 minutes for questions & discussion). Please send us:

  • A title
  • An abstract of 300-500 words
  • At most 5 key references
  • A short biography of at most 250 words per author
  • An indication of interest (yes/no/maybe) in participating in a book or special issue

More information can be obtained from: Annemarie Mink ( and Ilse Oosterlaken (,  the workshop flyer or the website.

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