UCL Centre for Engineering Education


Engineers Without Borders – Global Responsibility in Engineering

In partnership with Engineers Without Borders UK and funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering the project i a small-scale exploratory study on ‘Global Responsibility in Engineering’.

10 November 2019

Organizations that regulate civil engineering have been pressing for integration of 'global responsibility' into higher education curricula since around 2006, with a goal of achieving environmental sustainability and social justice. In an effort led by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE, 2007, 2009), a global vision for civil engineering was identified. Within the UK, the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) has been leading the way alongside non-governmental organizations (Bourn & Neal, 2008). Via the in-progress study reported here, a UK-based research team is now studying the effects of ACSE and ICE initiatives. The team seeks to benchmark how global responsibility is perceived and enacted in civil engineering in the UK today and how engineering graduates have learned about and experienced globally responsible decision-making. Findings will hold value for the global community, as achieving sustainability is crucial to humanity, and indeed all life on Earth.


Chance, SM; Direito, I; Lawlor, R; Cresswell-Maynard, K; Pritchard, J; Tyler, N; et al (2019)  Background and design of a qualitative study on globally responsible decision-making in civil engineering. In: Kloot, B, (ed.) Proceedings of the 8th Research in Engineering Education Symposium (REES 2019). (pp. pp. 211-220). REEN (Research in Engineering Education Network) and SASEE (South African Society for Engineering Education): Cape Town

Chance, Shannon, Direito, Inês, Lawlor, Rob, Creswell-Maynard, Katie, Prichard, Jon, Tyler, Nick, Mitchell, John. ‘Global Responsibility in Civil Engineering Practice in the UK: A Report of Work in Progress’. SEFI 2019.