Space Ethicist with MA Phil in Development, Environment and Cultural Change. Specialized in environmental ethics in outer space.
- Currently looking for job opportunities, internships and PhD positions -
Areas of expertise:
Contemporary space exploration
Today we are entering a new space age. The current human generation is about to take those first tentative steps towards living a life on another planet. Simultaneously, the environmental crisis here on planet Earth poses existential risks to the human civilization and the majority of terrestrial life. So far, the main rationale for space exploration has been scientific. Space migration, however, means that all aspects of human life and human society are moving into outer space. In the span between these two major planetary and civilizational events of our era - the environmental crisis and the possibility of becoming multiplanetary - an extensive field of scientific and philosophical inquiry is emerging. How may we navigate through the major risks and obstacles these events entail? How may we learn from our past and present on planet Earth, and how can we shape a desirable future in space?
The project of becoming multiplanetary is an intergenerational civilizational project and a project in civilization. It requires long-term and collective thinking, global, interdisciplinary and intergenerational communication, and articulation of common objectives. Space ethics is a field which exploratively asks some of the most crucial questions about the future of life as we know it, which exposes complex risks from the microscale to the macroscale, and which possibly holds some of the keys to overcome the immense challenges humankind is currently facing. At that, it is a field which also promotes hope.