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No extra cost: shop online and the retailer gives £ to support women

UK-based friends -At no extra cost to you- Please consider supporting the charity for which I am a Trustee: Luton All Women's Centre If you shop online through for example John Lewis, Argos, Waitrose, Amazon, eBay and Booking.com, you can do a simple thing to donate to charity, at no...

Loss of Molly Macauley

It is with tears that I offer my sadness at the death of Molly Macauley Colleague Role Model Mentor Friend It pains me to even type this, but apparently she was stabbed to death last Friday 9 July 2016 whilst walking her dogs in a Baltimore Park. Professor Macauley was...

Reintegrating into life

Hi everyone, It has been a terribly long time since I posted anything, and I wanted to explain that my loving mother passed away just under two months ago. I spent some 5 weeks back in Oregon, dealing with both the emotional grief and the practicalities of losing a parent. I am...

Coldplay Star Full of Stars 2 (3)

"Sky Full of Stars" video

This has nothing to do with space politics... but I can't help but loving this alternative music video for Coldplay's "Star Full of Stars"... I think it's quite lovely and portrays space in an aesthetic, romanticised way, and I am always interested in contemporary portrayals of engagement with outer space...

Wither a Welsh Space Policy?

I was asked by a media agency to comment on the Wales Space Policy (the published article is behind a paywall but you can find it in my 'media engagement list). Here are my thoughts: I've just returned from the UK Space Conference in Liverpool, where the theme was 'Space-enabled Futures.' And...

Short online poll: Should we send/regulate messages sent into deep space?

An invitation to friends and colleagues (and strangers!) to take a very informal three-question straw-poll about human activity sending messages from Earth into outer space for potential interception by extraterrestrial life. You may briefly answer the questions (which would only take a minute or two) or add further comments if...

Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Crash: Some thoughts

Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Crash: Some thoughts

US President Kennedy said in 1962: "We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard." Although space activity is increasingly quotidian, events like the crash of SpaceShipTwo yesterday, and also the failure of Orbital...

Blog on public engagement by Amelia Sharman

Last month myself and three other researchers from the LSE participated in the Natural History Museum's Soapbox: Science Uncovered. One colleague, Amelia Sharman (@AmeliaSharman), today published a blogpost titled "Leaving the comfort zone: Public engagement can help you think about your research from a fresh perspective" which gives a great overview...

Studying Extinction Level Impacts from Near Earth Objects

This is a briefing paper I produced for a conference on Studying Existential Risks—LSE CARR 27 June 2014 "Studying Extinction Level Impacts (ELI’s) from Near Earth Objects (NEOs) such as comets and asteroids" Dr Jill Stuart, LSE and Space Policy journal A)   What is the current thinking about ‘existential risk’...

Regime Theory and the Study of Outer Space Politics

It is 30 years since regime theory emerged onto the IR intellectual scene, with the publication of articles and collected works by the likes of Stephen Krasner, Susan Strange, Oran Young and other bright minds on the subject. E-ir.com has wisely, in my opinion, taken the opportunity commission a series of essays reflecting...

Lord Martin Rees, UK Astonomer Royal, on Lunar Landings

Lord Martin Rees, UK Astonomer Royal, on Lunar Landings

This was actually produced a couple of years ago, though I only just came across it--a clip from Cambridge University--a short interview similar in concept to my previous LSE Hotseat. This covers: "Lord Rees, the Astronomer Royal and Masteter expedition and considers the future of space exploration."

The dual use nature of rockets...

I had a long conversation with a journalist yesterday (there's a lot of media buzz over the launch of China's fifth manned mission of course so I've had a few calls) about how demonstrating space capabilities is a also a 'cold' way to demonstrate long-rang missile capabilities. Shortly thereafter a...

Symposium on Legal and Policy aspects of space cooperation between Europe and BRICS countries

Thursday 16 May 2013 Symposium on Legal and Policy aspects of space cooperation between Europe and BRICS countries; Inventory, Challenges and Opportunities Interdisciplinary event, jointly organized by The International Institute of Air and Space Law of Leiden Law School and The Department of Latin American Studies of the Faculty of...

Great new free app: "Politics and Government Spotlight App"

Great new free app: "Politics and Government Spotlight App"

Hello loyal readers--this app also includes content from our wonderful journal Global Policy! Read on below: Wiley-Blackwell’s Politics & Government Spotlight App has launched and is available for free download from the Apple Store! We’re proud to present an exciting new app for political scientists and public administration scholars and...

Kosmika 20 June in London

Kosmika 20 June in London

Wednesday 20 June 2012, 7-10pm June's KOSMICA - the Microgravity Sessions will feature exclusively speakers who have floated in the air in zero gravity. We can guarantee that all participants have undergone at least 10 parabolas in a diving aircraft! Previously a resource solely available to trainee astronauts and scientists,...

Extraterrestrial Life- Beyond Our Expectations?

I'm looking forward to traveling to Vienna next week to present at what looks to be a great interdiesciplinary conference, as follows: EXTRATERRESTRIAL LIFE - BEYOND OUR EXPECTATIONS? Vienna, Austria, May 21-22, 2012 http://www.univie.ac.at/eph/exolife Monday, May 21 08.30 Registration 09.10 Welcome 09.30 Introduction: Extraterrestrial Life – Beyond our Expectations? Maria...

Best Job Websites for UK-Based Humanities Students

Best Job Websites for UK-Based Humanities Students

This post targets students at the London School of Economics specifically, but may be of use to other London- or UK-based students completing degrees in the humanities. The websites listed are primarily focused on work (including internships) in the UK, though not exclusively so. There are dozens of websites out there--these...

China's Expanding Space Programme: RAES Lecture

China's Expanding Space Programme: RAES Lecture

An upcoming Royal Aeronautical Society event- I'm registered and hope to see some other colleagues/ friends there! Free to attend, at London HQ (4 Hamilton Place), speaker Karl Bergquist, International Relations Administrator of the ESA. Thursday January 26th from 17:30. The event's webpage. Online registration. China’s Expanding Space Programme   In October 2003 China...

Urban Stargazing constellations

Urban Stargazing in London

This is a provoking project by the artist Oscar Lhermitte and his team, engaging with (well, this is my re-wording) light pollution in urban environments and how it prevents our ability to see stars (with the subtext of those stars representing the universe, distance and time, and organic rather than...

"Macabre" pretty young females and the sexist media

"Macabre" pretty young females and the sexist media

Rebecca Leighton, the so-called "Saline Death" nurse has been released due to lack of evidence. I haven't been following this case, and am not saying whether I think she is guilty or not... however I do think there is a propensity for the media to give a disproportionate amount of...