Caroline Baillie, PhD

Caroline Baillie
Phone: (618) 648-8313 ext. 7
Office: Guadalupe Hall 107

Professor of Praxis, Integrated Engineering

  • PhD, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey
  • MHEd, University New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia
  • BSc, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey
  • PGCE Elementary, University of Sunderland, UK
  • Forest School Leader Level 3, Nature Workshops, UK

Professor Caroline Baillie joined USD as Professor of Praxis in Engineering and Social Justice, spring 2017. Prior to coming to USD, Baillie served as Chair and Professor of Engineering Education at UWA, Perth and 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.


Scholarly Work

  • With Sally A. Male, "Assisting engineering students along a liminal pathway and assessing their progress," Australasian Journal of Engineering Education, 2019.
  • With Karareba, G., "Community engineering education: The case of post-conflict Rwanda," Education, Citizenship and Social Justice, Sep. 19, 2018.
  • With Bolduc, S., Jung, K., Venkata, P., Ashokcline, M., Jayasinghe, R., and Lessard, L., "Banana fiber/low-density polyethylene recycled composites for third world eco-friendly construction applications - Waste for life project Sri Lanka," Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites, vol. 37, no. 21, pp. 1322-1331, 2018.
  • "Public dialogue of science: theatre as mediator," Canadian Theatre Review, vol. 131, 2017.
  • With Dowling, D., Hadgraft, R., Carew, A., Mccarthy, T., and Hargreaves, D., Engineering your future: An Australian Guide. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Publishing, 2016.
  • With Douglas, E., "Confusions and Conventions: Qualitative Research in Engineering Education," Journal of Engineering Education, vol. 103, no. 1, pp. 1-7, 2014.
  • With Feinblatt, E., "Ethical practices in the processing of green composites" in Natural Fibre Composites: Materials, Processes and Properties. Philadelphia, PA: Ed Hodzic and Shanks, 2014, pp. 161-175.
  • With Riley, D., Saleh, N., and Matovic, D., "Highland Lake Workshop Conversations about Critical Action," International Journal of Engineering, Social Justice, and Peace, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 1-6, 2014.
  • With Thamae, T., "Life Cycle Assessments of Bio-Based Composites: A Review" in Bio-Based Composites for High-Performance Materials: from strategy to industrial application. 2014, pp. 291-301.
  • With Armstrong, A. and Cumming-Potvin, W., Mining and Communities: Understanding the Context of Engineering Practice. San Rafael, CA: Morgan & Claypool, 2014.
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