Space Exploration and Sustainable Development

How does space exploration and development impact progress towards achieving the UN SDGs?


This project strives to understand how space exploration can support an equitable and sustainable future aligned with global environmental and social goals. This study uses the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)s as a framework for research that will inform the creation of Environment, Social, and Governance (ESG) benchmarks to guide the burgeoning space industry towards Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) practices at an early stage of industry development. 

Key Accomplishments

  • The Ars Electronica Festival Director invited members of our Space Exploration and Sustainable Development pilot project to display their exhibition in Linz, Austria.

  • Our team is presenting our research “Space Exploration and Sustainable Development” at the IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society 2022 (ISTAS22), November 10-12, 2022.  See: https://www.istas22.org/program/track-4/ 
  • VR Exhibit featured in the ESPRONCEDA – Institute of Art & Culture “Digital Awareness Exhibition: From Education to Social Impact and Human Identity”, June 10 – June 18, 2022, in Barcelona, Spain.

Project contact: 

Eric Stribling

Funding years:

2022-2023

2021-2022

Team members

Diana Ayton-Shenker

ASU School for the Future of Innovation in Society

Sarthak Bhardwaj

Undergraduate Research Assistant, Second Year in Aerospace Engineering, Concentration in Astronautics

Space Exploration and Sustainable Development





This project strives to understand how space exploration can support an equitable and sustainable future aligned with global environmental and social goals. This study uses the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)s as a framework for research that will inform the creation of Environment, Social, and Governance (ESG) benchmarks to guide the burgeoning space industry towards Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) practices at an early stage of industry development. 

Key Accomplishments

  • The Ars Electronica Festival Director invited members of our Space Exploration and Sustainable Development pilot project to display their exhibition in Linz, Austria.

  • Our team is presenting our research “Space Exploration and Sustainable Development” at the IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society 2022 (ISTAS22), November 10-12, 2022.  See: https://www.istas22.org/program/track-4/ 

  • VR Exhibit featured in the ESPRONCEDA – Institute of Art & Culture “Digital Awareness Exhibition: From Education to Social Impact and Human Identity”, June 10 – June 18, 2022, in Barcelona, Spain.







Project contact: 

Eric Stribling

Funding years:

2022-2023

2021-2022












Ryan Johnson

ASU College of Global Futures

Madison Macias

Graduate Research Assistant, Master of Urban and Environmental Planning, BSE Mechanical Engineering

Malaika Malik

Undergraduate Research Assistant, Fourth Year in Chemical Engineering

Eric Stribling

Lecturer

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