Caroline Baillie, PhD

Professor of Praxis

  • PhD University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey
  • MHEd University New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia
  • BSc University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey

Professor Caroline Baillie joined USD as Professor of Praxis in Engineering and Social Justice, Spring 2017. She is currently Chair and Professor of Engineering Education at UWA, Perth and has previously held appointments at the University of Sydney, Imperial College, UK and Queens University, Canada.

Baillie is a materials engineer, with expertise in engineering education and critical social studies as well as leading many local and international community development programs. She is particularly interested in ways in which engineers can work with other professionals and local community groups, to co-create solutions for the environment as well as social problems.

In addition to her technical and educational background, Baillie is a trained Forest School leader, mediator, and therapist and she brings this expertise to her research and development work as well as her teaching. She conducts both theoretical and educational studies related to engineering and community engagement and in 2006 founded Waste for Life ( to enable community groups to develop recycling waste businesses. Baillie also co-founded the Engineering, Social Justice and Peace network ( in 2004, which will host its next conference at USD in January 2018.

She is a Thomson Reuters Highly cited author, with over 200 publications, papers and books on materials science, engineering education and engineering and social justice. In addition to her academic work, Caroline runs a theatre company entitled Critical Stage ( through which she adopts theatre and film as a platform for education around intangible social issues, including those related to technical development