Christophe Venet was Research Assistant and then Associate Fellow at the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) from 2009 to 2010. Previously, he worked as a Research Assistant at the Institute of Political Science, Tübingen University (Germany). Christophe Venet graduated from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Strasbourg and holds a Masters degree in peace studies and international politics from Tübingen University. He also spent an academic exchange year at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO). He is a PhD candidate at Sciences Po Paris. His dissertation deals with EU policy in the field of space and security, focusing on the actorness of Europe and on interests and norms underlying the policy processes within the European Space Policy.
Launcher policy in Europe: from symbol to the market? Actuelles de l'Ifri, The Europe & Space Series, No. 11, June 2012
Launcher policy will be one of the major issues discussed at the upcoming ESA Council at Ministerial Level. Europe is at the crossroads, as it needs to find the adequate balance between political necessities (ensuring an autonomous access to space) and economic realities (reducing costs).
The European space industry seems to be in a paradoxical situation: its strategic importance is increasingly recognised, but a European consensus on an integrated industrial policy for space is gaining ground only slowly.
2012, a turning point for Europe in space Actuelles de l'Ifri, The Europe & Space Series, No. 9, February 2012
In 2012, several crucial decisions lie ahead, most notably at the ESA Ministerial Council next fall and regarding the status of space within the next MFF of the EU. These will reveal the degree of political will to pursue an ambitious ESP in times of economic and financial constraint.
For the third year in a row, the Paris-based French Institute of International Relations (IFRI), and the Secure World Foundation (SWF) joined together to organise their annual space conference. The event took place in Brussels on 13 September 2011, under the banner "European space governance:...
Key Trends in the European Earth Observation Sector Actuelles de l'Ifri, The Europe & Space Series, No. 8, December 2011
An ambitious Earth Observation (EO) policy could bring significant benefits to Europe both regarding the fight against climate change and the competitiveness of its EO industry and service sectors.
Europe is increasingly considering space as a useful tool to support Civil Protection (CP). Through a demand-driven approach, it intends to create new services tailored to the needs of the CP community.
Political Dimension of Space in: Brünner, Christian/Soucek, Alexander (eds.) Outer Space in Society, Politics and Law. Vienna: SpringerWienNewYork (2011).
Due to the wide number of space applications solving earthly problems in a broad range of issue-areas, space activities have a clear political dimension. In this article, the origins and causes of this increasing political relevance of space after the end of the Cold War are shown. The...
The impact of the European Space Policy on space commerce in: Smith, Lesley Jane /Baumann, Ingo (Eds.): Contracting for space. Contract practice in the European space sector. Farnham: Ashgate (2011).
The article provides an overview of the impact the policy framework for space activities has on commercial activities in Europe. It shows that the development of a space policy framework on the European level has, from the beginning, aimed at furthering commercial space activities and...
Space in the financial and economic crisis in: Schrogl, Kai-Uwe/Pagkratis, Spyros/Baranes, Blandina (Eds.): Yearbook on Space Policy 2009/2010: Space for society. Vienna: SpringerWienNewYork (2011).
The purpose of this article is to analyse the impact of the financial and economic crisis on the space sector from a political point of view. Its focus is on the institutional space sector rather than on commercial space activities. In addition, Europe is placed at the centre of the analysis...
Space Weather and NEOs in the European Space Policy Actuelles de l'Ifri, The Europe & Space Series, No. 6, August 2011
Although often overshadowed by a focus on security concerns, Space weather and NEOs are important elements of Europe’s SSA program.