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A Research Agenda for Space Policy

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A Research Agenda for Space Policy

9781800374737 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Kai-Uwe Schrogl, European Space Agency, France, Christina Giannopapa, Ministry of Digital Governance, Greece and Ntorina Antoni, Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands
Publication Date: December 2021 ISBN: 978 1 80037 473 7 Extent: c 240 pp
Space policy is now a top priority in international relations. This timely Research Agenda takes the definition of space policy itself as an object of analysis rather than as an unquestioned premise. It presents the multi-faceted spectrum of elements combined within space policy which are crucially relevant to security, welfare and modern society. Expert international contributors set out a forward-looking research agenda for the 2020s, identifying key problems and conflicts related to the topic and exploring policy, regulatory approaches and diplomatic mechanisms to reach possible solutions.

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Elgar Research Agendas outline the future of research in a given area. Leading scholars are given the opportunity to explore their subject in provocative ways, and map out the potential directions of travel. They are relevant but also visionary.

Space policy is now a top priority in international relations. This timely Research Agenda takes the definition of space policy itself as an object of analysis rather than as an unquestioned premise. It presents the multi-faceted spectrum of elements combined within space policy which are crucially relevant to security, welfare and modern society.

Chapters demonstrate why space matters and how space policy research has reflected this during the past half-century. Expert international contributors set out a forward-looking research agenda for the 2020s, identifying key problems and conflicts related to the topic and exploring policy, regulatory approaches and diplomatic mechanisms to reach possible solutions. The types of actors and institutions playing a key role in space policy are also examined through an interdisciplinary lens.

Scholars and students of political science, international relations and law will find this to be a sophisticated, cutting-edge resource for analysing and understanding the multi-dimensional impacts of space policy.
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‘The space industry is rapidly evolving and as a result, space policy plays an increasingly important and impactful role. The Research Agenda for Space Policy covers pressing topics which have been at the center of the space policy discourse and will continue to be in the 2020s. Esteemed global space policy shapers have contributed to this work, and it is a must read for students, academics, industry, and anyone with an interest in the future of space policy.’
– Nobu Okada, Astroscale, Japan

‘Space activities today are critical to the daily lives of billions of people. Yet the field of space policy, how governments make decisions governing space activities, is ill-defined with many open questions. A Research Agenda for Space Policy aims to fill this lacuna with a comprehensive look at space policy issues that reflect the diversity of views in the international space community. This scholarly work provides a useful framework for asking – “what are we doing in space and why?”’
– Scott Pace, George Washington University, US
Contributors
Contributors include: Didier Alary, Gianluigi Baldesi, Olavo de O. Bittencourt Neto, P.J. Blount, Annalisa Donati, Lauryn Hallet, Christian Heideck, Kenneth Hodgkins, Pascal Legai, Estelle Godard, Larry Martinez, Kimitake Nakamura, Niklas Reinke, Adam Routh, Arne Sönnichsen, Isabelle Sourbès-Verger, Jean-Jacques Tortora, Fabio Tronchetti, Saskia Vermeylen, Rick Wylie

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