Brian Weeden Participates in “Future of Space” Panel at Davos

Brian Weeden at Davos Panel
March 01, 2013

Brian Weeden, currently a third year PhD student at the Trachtenberg School, participated in a panel discussion on "The Future of Space" at the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. Currently, Weeden researches the work of Elinor Ostrom, who won the Nobel Prize for economics in 2009 for her work on sustainable governance of common-pool resources. He evaluates where her work is potentially applicable to the space domain. In addition to his academic pursuits at the Trachtenberg School, Weeden works at the Secure World Foundation, where he focuses on the governance of space activities and looks at the various political, legal, economic and normative frameworks that are currently in place to manage activities in space.

Weeden has been a member of the Space Security Council—one of the Global Agenda Councils for the World Economic Forum—for the last three years, and is currently the Chair of the Council.

The panel discussion this year focused on the many daily benefits and uses of space-based services and their uses to address issues such as climate change, sustainable development and monitoring conflict. The panel also discussed some of the long-term challenges facing space activities such as orbital debris, responsible behavior and space weather. The panel stressed the need for better public-private partnerships as well as connecting the space policy communities with other communities.