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Advancing Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice
through Human Systems Engineering
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The Editors

Rod D. Roscoe
Associate Professor
Human Systems Engineering
Arizona State University
Research: educational technology, writing instruction, engineering education, self-regulated learning

Erin K. Chiou
Assistant Professor
Human Systems Engineering
Arizona State University
Research: automation, resilience, human-automation interaction

Abigail R. Wooldridge
Assistant Professor
Industrial and Enterprise Systems
Univ. of Illinois-Urbana Champaign
Research: patient safety, quality of care, healthcare professional outcomes


Advancing Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice through Human Systems Engineering highlights how scholars and practitioners of HSE (inclusively defined to span many fields) can apply their theories and methods to understand and support healthy communities, include and empower diverse populations, and inspire strategies for a more inclusive future. This volume brings together experts from human factors, ergonomics, psychology, human-computer interaction, and more to demonstrate how these fields can be applied to societal challenges and solutions. Through a blend of research reports, literature reviews, and personal narratives, this volume explores these issues from the individual to the global scale, across diverse populations, and across multiple continents.

  • Draws upon human factors and ergonomics theories and methods to evaluate, understand, and confront systemic threats to inclusion and social justice
  • Offers actionable methodologies, strategies, and recommendations for conducting human-centered research, design, and training with marginalized or vulnerable populations
  • Offers a venue for reporting and reconsidering the work of human factors and ergonomics from the perspectives of diversity, inclusion, and social justice

Table of Contents

Section 1: Understanding and Supporting Healthy Communities

1. Human Systems Engineering for Societal Transformation: A Tale of Two Cities, Nancy Cooke

2. Inclusive Decision Making: Applying Human Factors Methods to Capture the Needs and Voices of Marginalized Populations, Jacklin Stonewall, Michael C. Dorneich, Linda Shenk, Caroline C. Krejci, and Ulrike Passe

3. HFE in Underdeveloped Countries: How Do We Facilitate Equitable, Egalitarian, and Respectful Progress?, Andrew Thatcher and Andrew Todd

4. Researcher Reflections on Human Factors and Health Equity, Richard J. Holden, Tammy Toscos, and Carly N. Daley

5. The Intersection of Human Factors Engineering and Health Equity, Deliya B. Wesley, Christian Boxley, Stefanie Kurgatt, Christopher J. King, and Kristen E. Miller

6. Using Work Domain Analysis to Advocate for Social Justice: Meeting the Needs of Resource-Constrained Societies, Natalie C. Benda and Ann M. Bisantz

Section 2: Including and Empowering Diverse People

7. A Human Factors Engineer’s Journey Into Enhancing LGBT Status in America, Ellen J. Bass

8. All are Welcome but Terms and Conditions Apply, Audrey Reinert

9. ‘Nothing about Us without Us’: Transforming Participatory Research and Ethics in Human Systems Engineering, Rua M. Williams and Juan E. Gilbert

10. Ergonomic Analysis of Working Conditions of a Recycler Community in Medellín, Colombia, Yordán Rodríguez and Jaime Gaviria

11. Guiding Technology Design to Empower Older Adults to Actively Engage in Society, Maurita T. Harris, Qiong Nie, and Wendy A. Rogers

12. Inclusive Wearable Design: Developing a Set of Characteristics of Socially Acceptable BCI Devices for Women, France Jackson, Isabel Laurenceau, and Juan E. Gilbert

Section 3: Inspiring Strategies for an Inclusive Future

13. Automation, Work, and Racial Equity: How Human Systems Engineering Can Shape the Future of Work, Shannon C. Roberts, Laurel Smith-Doerr, Shlomo Zilberstein, Henry Renki, Enobong H. Branch, and Tiamba Wilkerson

14. The Learning Research and Development Center Summer Undergraduate Research Internship: A Diversity Internship in the Learning Sciences, Natasha Tokowicz

15. Facilitating a Sense of Belonging for Women of Color in Engineering: The Case for Virtual Internships, Golnaz Arastoopour Irgens

16. Leading an EDI Strategy in a UK University: Reflections from an HFE Professional, Sarah Sharples

17. Developing an Effective Diversity Training Intervention: Best Practices and Challenges, Preeya Ninan, Jennifer Feitosa, and Fabrice Delice

18. Reimagining Community-based Research and Action in Human Factors: A Dialogue across Disciplines, Rupa S. Valdez and David S. Edmunds