Dr Jill Stuart is an academic based at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is an expert in the politics, ethics and law of outer space exploration and exploitation. She is a frequent presence in the global media (print, radio, television, documentary) and regularly gives lectures around the world. From 2013-2017 she was Editor in Chief of the Elsevier journal Space Policy where she remains a member of the Editorial Board. She is also on the Board of Advisors of METI International, an organisation working on the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. She is one of an elite number of people to have been endorsed by the UK Home Office as an Exceptional Talent Migrant/ World Leader in her Field (though she now has Indefinite Leave to Remain). In 2015 she was awarded the prestigious Margaret Mead Award Lecture by the British Science Association in recognition of her cutting edge research. She is trained in both domestic and international mediation and has done consultancy work for the International Criminal Court and the International Court of Justice. She has a sub-specialism in women, peace and security and gender based violence. She is a Trustee of the Luton All Women Centre.
Dr Stuart’s research focuses on the governance of outer space, including (but not limited to) satellite regulations; the ethics of colonisation; the reasons for states developing space programmes; the history of outer space law; the nature of state sovereignty for objects in space; the regulation of mining celestial resources; military activity and competition in space; commercial actors in space; the philosophy behind potential contact with extraterrestrial life; insurance and liability issues; the threat from comets and asteroids. She has secondary interests and expertise in the global commons more generally (the high seas and Antarctica). She is also an established feminist with a background in gender studies. Her media work and publications reflect these interests.
Dr Stuart is happy to be contacted with media queries (print, radio, television, documentary) as well as lecture requests. Recent appearances include for example lecturing for Harvard on “Space Science and Space Policy: Frenemies?”, on BBC World Service television being interviewed about China’s space programme, and as author of an opinion piece for the FT on satellites and cuber security. She is also available to approach regarding consultancy work. Dr Stuart can be followed on Twitter: @DrJillStuart.
Dr Stuart’s teaching experience and accolades relate to a range of courses and programmes in the areas of politics (government) and International Relations. Specific courses taught in recent years include International Relations Theory, Global Politics and Comparative Politics. In 2007 she received an LSE Teaching Excellence Award. Dr Stuart began teaching at the London School of Economics in 2004, which reflects her education as a former PhD and also MSc student at the university.
Jill’s biographical and personal information can be summarised as such: she was born and raised in the small mountain town of Klamath Falls, in the state of Oregon in the United States (that state being where her father and his wife still reside). Her sister, brother-in-law, niece and nephew all live near Quantico in Virginia. Since her mother’s death in 2015 Jill has suffered from grief-induced alopecia areata and wears a headscarf in public.
Jill first left the US aged 18 to undertake university study, and moved to her current home of Greater London in 2001. Despite being nearly deported from the UK in 2010, she now has Indefinite Leave to Remain. Her partner, his two daughters, their two lovely cats and one corn snake all reside in Hertfordshire, UK.