Caroline Baillie is a Professor within the Integrated Engineering Department and Academic Director of MESH (Masters of Engineering for Sustainability and Health) at the University of San Diego. Baillie’s main area of expertise is engineering as it relates to social justice. In order to practice what she preaches, Baillie co-founded the not-for-profit ‘Waste for Life’ organization ( in 2006, to ‘socialize’ her materials engineering knowledge in support of vulnerable communities wishing to develop upcycled waste-based businesses. She also co-founded ESJP – the ‘Engineering, Social Justice and Peace’ network ( in 2004. Baillie’s research considers socio-technical processes and systems, which enhance social and environmental justice, and educational systems that promote these. She brings lessons learnt from these studies and practices into the classroom of all ages, to facilitate the transformation to a more equitable and just future. In her spare time Baillie runs forest-based retreats, a ‘forest school’ program for children and a forest school professional development program for teachers through the ‘Standing people Together’ program of Waste for Life. Professor Baillie has published 27 scholarly books, an edited series of books on ‘Engineers, Technology and Society’ and over 200 book chapters, peer reviewed journal and conference papers.