“Space Exploration is a Waste of Time and Money” Rob Lyons 2015


space_pic_TG3Tomorrow I will be acting as a judge on the Debating Matters final. The debaters are given a topic guide which I’ve been enjoying reading. As well as being a resource itself, it also contains a good bibliography for further reading. As such, I thought I’d  promote it: it’s free to download (pdf, 10 pages).

Space Exploration is a Waste of Time and Money” Debating Matters topic guide by Rob Lyon, January 2015.


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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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