I have been awarded a 12-month Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship for a project entitled ‘Contesting the heavens: Power, norms, and law in space security governance.’ Space-based technologies are vital for modern human societies, yet International Relations has paid relatively little attention to space as a domain of political interaction. The project will examine forms of competition and cooperation amongst states and commercial space operators, focusing on disputes over existing rules and the prospective development of new institutions regulating military uses of space and their intersection with concerns for the natural environment, human-made debris, surveillance, and human security. A brief synopsis can be found in the Trust’s September newsletter.

The fellowship runs from January to December 2021, during which time I will be on leave from my regular teaching and administrative duties at the University of St Andrews. I am grateful to the Leverhulme Trust for supporting this research. Further updates on working papers, presentations, and publications will be available here in due course.


“Power, Norms, and Law in Space Security Governance.” Centre for Exoplanet Science, University of St Andrews, 21 September 2020.