Commons in Space

Commons in Space

How will shared resources in space, from satellites and space debris to mining of celestial bodies, be managed?

A group of 145 interdisciplinary scholars gathered for a virtual conference Feb. 24-26, 2021 to explore how to solve collective action problems and ensure long-term sustainability of space exploration activities.


  • Planned and implemented Commons in Space conference. The conference was held February 24-26, with 150 participants. All recordings of talks and panels can be found at the conference website:

Project website

Project contact: 

Marco Janssen

Funding years:


Team members

Marco Janssen

ASU School of Sustainability

Lead Social Scientist

Timiebi Aganaba

ASU School for the Future of Innovation in Society

Matthew Lace

ASU Thunderbird

Diana Ayton-Shenker

ASU School for the Future of Innovation in Society

Jessy Kate Schingler

Open Lunar Foundation

Steven Freeland

Western Sydney University, Australia

Alice Gorman

Flinders University of South Australia

Tanja Masson-Zwaan

University of Leiden, The Netherlands

Scott Shackelford​​​​​​​

Indiana University, Kelley School of Business

Andrew Woods

University of Arizona, College of Law

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