Our Team

Thomas Cheney

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Executive Director

and Board Member

Thomas is a Lecturer of Space Governance at The Open University. He recently completed his PhD in space law entitled "Sovereignty, Jurisdiction, and Property in Outer Space: Space Resources, the Outer Space Treaty, and National Legislation" at Northumbria University in the UK.

Lauren Napier

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Programme Director 

and Board Member

 

Lauren is currently a RDF PhD Researcher in Space Law and Policy at Northumbria University in the UK. Her focus is on the governance of Low Earth Orbit. She has a background in Communications, Education, and International Relations. She is interested in the politics and governance of the space sector, the sustainability of space and Space4SDGs.

Chris Newman

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Board Member

and Academic Adviser

 

Chris Newman,  is Professor of Space Law and Policy at Northumbria University at Newcastle in the United Kingdom. He is active in the teaching and research of space law and has published extensively on the legal and ethical underpinnings of space governance.  

Anne-Sophie  Martin

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Visiting Researcher

Anne-Sophie is a Doctor of Law specialized in International Law and Space Law. She is particularly interested in the new legal challenges of space activities, and in the adaptation of the law.

Morgane Royer

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Visiting Researcher

Morgane is currently completing law school to become a qualified lawyer specialised in space law. She's interested in legal issues arising from the development of the new space and the ways of international cooperation in space.

Matteo Cappella

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Visiting Researcher

Matteo works as Operating Manager for the Space Generation Advisory Council. His background includes an MA in International Politics and Economic Relations and research activities on the European astropreneurial environment and on Spacepower-related studies at the European Space Policy Institute.

Alessandra

Marino

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Visiting Researcher

Alessandra Marino is a Research Fellow in International Development and Inclusive Innovation at The Open University. She is interested in the use of space technologies to achieve the SDGs and in how postcolonial and decolonial theories reframe space research.

Alessandra

Vernile

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Visiting Researcher

Alessandra Vernile is Project Officer at EURISY, in Paris since December 2017. Previously, she worked as Resident Fellow at the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) in Vienna, with a fellowship from the Italian Space Agency, where she focused mainly on the rise of the private actors in the space sector, the engagement of stakeholders in the UNISPACE+50 and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Nadia Khan

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Visiting Researcher

Nadia is an Aziz Foundation Scholar currently completing her MSc in Space, Risk and Disaster Reduction at UCL. She has a keen interest in New space and some of the financial, security and geopolitical risks associated with the rise of non-state actors in space. Nadia’s research is focused on how space enabled technology can tackle non-traditional security threats in developing countries. Nadia has BA (Hons) in International Relations. She is part of the Space Generation Advisory Council’s Space Law and Policy research group. 

Scott Steele

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Visiting Researcher

Scott is a PhD student at The Open University studying the ‘The Future of The COSPAR Planetary Protection Guidelines: Space Governance and Astrobiology’. Scott’s interest includes Space Law, Governance and Astro-sciences. After completing an LLB and a LLM in International Law, Scott’s next step was to work on a socio legal thesis which include his passions. Scott wrote his LLM Thesis on actively removing space debris.

Mert Evirgen

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Visiting Researcher

Mert Evirgen is a Law graduate from Northumbria University. He has continued at Northumbria University as an ERDF PhD researcher where he will work alongside Christopher Newman and Industry to create ‘The Space Law Games’. His research focus is the liability aspect of on-orbit servicing, legal quandaries posed by events such as space debris and satellite perturbations.

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