Call for papers: The Ecosystem of Space Due 29 Feb


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The journal Space Policy (of which I had the privilege to be Editor in Chief of for several years) and the journal Astropolitics are putting together a Special Issue. I’ll be helping to host one of two global forum workshops at the London School of Economics on Friday 26 June 2020 (the first is in March 2020 in Colorado, USA). Call for papers ends soon, please get your submissions in!

Full details below, as taken from the Elsevier webpage on the project:

Special Issue: Astropolitics Project: The Ecosystem of Space

March 2020 Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA (details, invites to follow)

Friday 26 June 2020, London School of Economics and Political Science (UK)

The goal of the Astropolitics’ project is to address the importance of Astropolitics in the realization of space development and exploration. Astropolitics encompasses civil, commercial, and military space activities worldwide addressing historical, strategic, political, bureaucratic, organizational, environmental, legal, economic, commercial, and business factors. The project is focused on research and publication in the academic, peer review journals of Astropolitics and Space Policy. Expected outcomes of this project are to conduct and publish research on the current state of Astropolitics, including trends, developments, and problems to address. The project includes two Global Forum Workshops to bring together research and practitioner experts to critically examine and discuss the state of Astropolitics, and the challenges therein, to support the space enterprise.

Call for Papers

Astropolitics is accepting papers in the following thematic area:

  • Astropolitics and strategic orientations of space powers.
  • Commons of space and the boundary problem in space governance and in space law.
  • Astropolitics in the developing world.
  • Trends and developments in commercial space.
  • Evolution and broadening of the concepts of space power.
  • Space, global environmental change, and sustainable development.
  • Entrepreneurship and business development in space.
  • Organizational and management challenges in space programs and projects.
  • Humanity as a spacefaring species.

Space Policy is accepting papers in the following thematic area:

  • Shift of authority from state to non-state actors in global space governance.
  • Civil space issues among space powers, and among developing and emergent space powers.
  • Traditional and non-traditional approaches to space security.
  • Dynamics of international space cooperation and competition.
  • Political, legal, and economic factors on the privatization of space activities.
  • Space debris and sustainability of space activities.
  • Ethics and cultural aspects of space exploration.
  • Multilateralism and regionalism of space activities.
  • Impact of Astropolitics on national space policy decision-making processes.

Key Dates

  • 18 November 2019: call for papers
  • 29 February 2020: paper abstract due, email [email protected]
  • TBD March 2020: Colorado, USA workshop (teleconferencing available)
  • 29 May 2020: paper draft due, email [email protected]
  • TBD June 2020: London, UK Workshop (teleconferencing available)
  • 29 June 2020: FINAL MANUSCRIPT (internal submission to relevant journal)


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Hosted by the Astropolitics Institute

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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 on the Editorial Board. She is also on the Board of Advisors of METI International, conducting scientific research into messaging potential extraterrestrial intelligence. She is one of an elite number of people to be endorsed by the UK Home Office as an Exceptional Talent Migrant/ World Leader in her Field. 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 Luton All Women’s Centre.


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