Loss of Molly Macauley


molly-macauleyIt 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 a key reference source in my PhD, and it felt like ‘Christmas’ when I got to meet her as part of the Space Policy Editorial Board. When I met her, she was down to earth, despite having had such an impact on what we understand about off-earth politics.

I am devastated.

It feels like a small tribute (and I am still reeling), but I am determined to have a Special Issue of the journal out to memorialise Molly. She gave so much to the journal… she gave so much to everything she did.

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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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