Development Engineering

The Journal of Engineering in Economic Development

Now accepting submissions on a rolling basis!

Aims & Scope

Development Engineering Journal

Development Engineering (Dev Eng) is an open access, interdisciplinary journal applying engineering and economic research to the problems of poverty. Published studies must be motivated by an economic development problem that defines a unique research opportunity. The journal serves as a bridge between engineers, economists, and other scientists involved in research on human, social, and economic development. Although the journal focuses on quantitative,scientific approaches, it is intended to be suitable for a wider audience of development practitioners and policy makers, with evidence that can be used to improve decision-making. It also will be useful for engineering and applied economics faculty who conduct research or teach in “technology for development.”


The journal maintains high standards for publication, in terms of methodological rigor and contribution to the literature. It prioritizes novel, experimental work that directly integrates engineering research with statistically rigorous methods from the social sciences. The Editors will consider review articles that cover significant, emerging trends in engineering for global development. Published papers are expected to be applied in nature; however, they should generate fundamental knowledge that advances basic fields of science and engineering. Additionally, Dev Eng editors recognize that there is a lack of high-quality work from researchers in developing countries published in leading international journals. To encourage and facilitate submissions from authors in low to middle income countries, the journal will offer mentorship support to help authors overcome barriers such as language differences, writing skills and familiarity with the publishing process.

Author Guidelines (PDF)

Specific Topics Include:

  • Engineering research in response to unique constraints imposed by poverty.
    Assessment of pro-poor technology solutions, including field performance, consumer adoption, and end-user impacts.
  • Novel technologies or tools for measuring behavioral, economic, and social outcomes in low-resource settings.
  • Lessons from the field, especially null results from field trials and technical failure analyses.
  • Rigorous analysis of existing development “solutions” through an engineering or economic lens.