Founder

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Dr. Xiao-Shan Yap

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Yap is pioneering a scientific research agenda on Earth-Space Sustainability to specify opportunities and challenges for a sustainable planetary future as anthropogenic activities expand into outer space. While space-based technologies are quickly shaping next-generation infrastructures that may accelerate sustainable development on Earth, an exponential rise in Space activities has led to new anthropogenic challenges such as increasing Space debris in Earth’s orbit. Mismanagement of an increasingly congested orbit will in turn severely disrupt daily operations on Earth when space-based infrastructures like navigation, telecommunication, and observation no longer function well.


Yap is a senior Steering Group member of the international Sustainability Transitions Research Network (STRN), a Research Fellow of the global research alliance Earth System Governance Project, Co-Chair of Commons in Space 2022 conference under the International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC); and a member of the Ostrom Workshop Space Governance Working Group.


In 2020, Yap founded the Earth-Space Sustainability research initiative aiming at ensuring a sustainable and functional Earth-Space system in the future. Besides working alongside internationally leading scientists and scholars, Yap has been accompanied by a group of young, curious, and bright researchers who contribute their time and effort to the overall endeavor. Their names and affiliations are listed below.

Relavant publication

Yap X.-S. and Truffer B. (2021) Opportunities and threats of the rapidly developing Space sector on sustainability transitions: Towards a research agenda. GEIST – Geography of Innovation and Sustainability Transitions, 2021(02), GEIST Working Paper series

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Contributors

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Sanja Bandau

Young Graduate Trainee, European Space Agency (ESA), Directorate of Navigation
 

Master’s Degree in Innovation Sciences, Utrecht University, the Netherlands

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Alison Coyle

Sustainability & Climate Change Consultant at Deloitte, United States


Master’s Degree in Sustainable Business & Innovation, Utrecht University, the Netherlands

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Stef Haarler

Apprentice at Belastingdienst, the Netherlands

 

Former consultant at Groundstation.Space


Master’s Degree in Innovation Sciences, Utrecht University, the Netherlands

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Aline Hänggli

Research Assistant at Environmental Policy Lab, ETH Zürich, Switzerland


Former Research Assistant at Eawag, Switzerland

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Max Kooistra

Master’s student in Innovation Sciences, Utrecht University, the Netherlands

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Augusta Mcguinness

Master’s student in Sustainable Business & Innovation, Utrecht University, the Netherlands


Student Intern at SET Ventures, the Netherlands

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Lisa Waldenberger

Scientific Research Assistant at BOKU University (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences) Vienna
 

Former Research Assistant at Eawag, Switzerland