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Space Policy

This project focuses on key trends, developments, and challenges related to outer space activities with the aim to examine the interplay between space policy and international relations.

The LSE IDEAS Space Policy project is home to Space Policy: An International Journal and hosts public lectures and events at LSE.

From the growing militarisation and commercialisation of space activities to new spacefaring nations and pressing challenges such as space debris, the intersection between space policy and international relations has become more important than ever. Examining the domestic and external influences that shape space policy and strategies and their implications for the study and conduct of international relations from a global perspective can help us to understand better the dynamic interaction between space technology and global order as well as enhance space policy decision making. To this end, LSE IDEAS Space Policy seeks to bring together academics and practitioners to share insights into the evolving relationship between space policy and international politics with the aim to inform space policy decision making and the public.

Research Clusters

  • Space Statecraft: The High Frontier in International Relations
  • The Global Governance of Space Activities: Developments, Challenges, and Global Strategies 
  • Space Policy and the Global South 
  • Space Technology and Change in Global Politics

Publications

Cyberattacks on Satellites: An Underestimated Political Threat
05 May, 2022

While ransomware is mainly distributed via terrestrial networks, the threat of cyberattacks on satellite systems has become increasingly real. In this piece, Professor Walter Peeters of the International Space University explores the hypothetical aftermath of a complete shutdown of the global satellite network system, and argues for the possibility of such a shutdown to be taken more seriously as a political threat.

Australia's Space Journey: Never lost, now charting a new course
30 May, 2022

In this commentary on Australia's space programme, Dr Brett Biddington argues that happenstance and incrementalism are the defining factors of its journey, and that external pressures, more than internal vision and understanding, have forced a succession of Australian Governments to pay increasing public attention to space matters.

A Brief History of Space Traffic Management [coming soon]

The Growth of Non-governmental Space Sector in China [coming soon]

Climate change policy as a guide for orbital debris policy [coming soon]

Examining the growth of the global Space Situational Awareness sector [coming soon]

 

Meet the Team

Dr Dimitrios Stroikos is Head of the LSE IDEAS Space Policy Project

Saniya Kulkarni is Project Coordinator for LSE IDEAS Space Policy.