E/HF for a Sustainable, Resilient, Human-Centered Future


Call for papers

Special Issue of Applied Ergonomics organized by the IEA TC “Ergonomics and Human Factors for Sustainability” is open for submissions from 15th January to 31st August, 2024.

The field of Ergonomics and Human Factors (E/HF) has evolved from its origins. Initially focused on the analysis of simple systems, today this discipline also considers emerging global challenges that are causing major changes in production systems and society. The Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations in 2015 highlight the urgency of sustainability across various sectors, including also issues related to work. The advent of Industry 4.0 emphasized technological advancements but neglected the human factor. Industry 5.0 aims to go beyond Industry 4.0, striving for a sustainable and resilient technological revolution centered on human well-being. Despite its intentions, numerous challenges persist in translating this concept into practical implementation. The ongoing discourse also involves the future of work, questioning its nature and strategies for fostering social harmony. Current decisions on employment, workforce formality, and addressing age-related implications will shape the future workplace and societal impact. Understanding the interplay between sustainability, Industry 5.0, and the future of work is vital for building an equitable future.

Despite substantial growth in E/HF research, sustainability concerns have intensified, amplified by technology adoption and work-from-home trends during the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal of this special issue is to bring together E/HF researchers and specialists from diverse disciplines to explore future ergonomics perspectives for a sustainable and human-centered world. The call for literature reviews, empirical studies, and practical applications includes topics such as digitalization of work, sustainable smart production, AI, diversity, safety in Industry 4.0/5.0, cybersecurity, Human-Centered Design and sustainability synergies, SDG implications, eco-concepts, gig work and telework. The aim is to contribute practical insights to jointly promote sustainability, resilience, and human-centered systems.


Guest editors:

Dr. Ivan Bolis
Universidade Federal da Paraíba, João Pessoa, Brazil

Prof. Tiago F. A. C. Sigahi
Federal University of Alfenas, Poços de Caldas, MG, Brazil

Prof. Andrew Thatcher
University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa

Prof. Rosley Anholon
State University of Campinas, Campinas, Brazil

Prof. Gretchen A. Macht
The University of Rhode Island, Kingston, United States


Manuscript submission information:

  • Open for Submission: from 15-Jan-2024 to 31-Aug-2024
  • Submission Site: Editorial Manager®
  • Article Type Name: “VSI: EHF_SUST_2024” – please select this item when you submit manuscripts online

For any inquiries about the appropriateness of contribution topics, welcome to contact Dr. Ivan Bolis.

Guide for Authors will be helpful for your future contributions, read more: Guide for authors – Applied Ergonomics – ISSN 0003-6870 | ScienceDirect.com by Elsevier

For more information about our Journal, please visit our ScienceDirect Page: Applied Ergonomics | Journal | ScienceDirect.com by Elsevier



  • technology;
  • industry 4.0;
  • industry 5.0;
  • digital transformation;
  • future of work;
  • sustainability;
  • ecology;
  • sustainable development;
  • work;
  • design