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Professor Ian Crawford

Professor of Planetary Science and Astrobiology

Contact details

tel: 020 3073 8026
Room 605, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HX

Recent news and research highlights

Ian was the Guest Editor of a recently published Special Issue of the journal Space Policy devoted to 'The Use of Extraterrestrial Resources to Facilitate Space Science and Exploration'. His own contribution to this collection of papers was on 'The long-term scientific benefits of a space economy'.

On 15 July 2016, Ian gave a talk at the International Big History Association meeting in Amsterdam on 'Expanding worldviews: Astrobiology, big history, and the socio-political benefits of the cosmic perspective'.

On 8 April 2016, Ian organised a Royal Astronomical Society Specialist Discussion Meeting about The use of extraterrestrial resources to help facilitate space science and exploration. Videos of these talks may be viewed here.

Ian has written a short essay for The Conversation on "How to build a starship -- and why we should start thinking about it now."

On 25 June 2015 Ian was a guest on the BBC Radio 4 programme "In Our Time" to discuss extremophiles and astrobiology. [audio, 43 mins]

Ian has been awarded a research grant by the Leverhulme Trust to study what lunar geology can tell us about the galactic environment of the Solar System.

Ian has recently written three articles concerned with the future of space exploration. The first, entitled 'Lunar Resources: A Review', has been published in the journal Progress in Physical Geography (Vol. 39, pp. 137-167, 2015). The other two are more speculative: the book chapter 'Interplanetary Federalism: Maximising the Chances of Extraterrestrial Peace, Diversity and Liberty' addresses the political organisation of future space colonies, while 'Avoiding Intellectual Stagnation: The Starship as an Expander of Minds' (Journal of the British Interplanetary Society, 67, 253-257, 2014) examines how, in the distant future, interstellar space exploration may advance human knowledge and culture.