Call for Papers Routledge Handbook on Space Policy

The ESSCA standing research group on European space policy would like to invite contributions to the Routledge Handbook on Space Policy.

Date: 8-10 November 2021
Venue: ESRIN, Rome
Conveners: T. Hoerber, ESSCA, EU-Asia Institute, M. Borowitz, Georgia Institute of Technology
Deadline extended for abstract submissions: Monday, 23 August 2021

It is time to write a new compendium on Space Policy. Past publications across the field have shown that the baselines are moving and that space affairs are changing substantially. This has been shown in past publications of the ESSCA standing research group on European space policy (Hoerber, Stephenson, 2016; Hoerber Sigalas, 2016; Hoerber, Koepping Athanasopoulos, 2017; Hoerber, Lieberman, 2019; Hoerber, Forganni, 2021). Beyond Europe, space policies are changing even faster and new actors have come to make their mark. We would like to bring all of this in the new Routledge Handbook for Space Policy.

We would like to invite paper proposals for the following topics:

  • Space Law
  • Space Institutions
  • Space Theory
  • Popularisation of Space and Science Fiction
  • Militarization of Space
  • Commercialization of Space
  • Sustainability in and from Space
  • Space Applications/Domestic use

Ideally, these topics should be covered for all major space actors on Earth.

We would also like to invite potential contributors’ opinion of topics that they think should be covered in the Routledge Handbook on Space Policy.

On this basis, we invite research papers from established scholars in the field. Practitioners are also very welcome to contribute. Both will be accompanied through an editorial process which means to make ideas and draft papers into high-level chapters.

Please send an abstract of 150-200 words to the editors, Dr Thomas Hoerber ( and Dr Mariel Borowitz (

Deadline extended : Monday 23 August 2021
You will be notified if your application has been successful, at the latest, two weeks later.
There are no registration fees for this workshop. Venue, lunch and coffee breaks will be covered by ESSCA.

Call for Papers Routledge Handbook on Space Policy