The intersection of space and sustainability: The need for a transdisciplinary and bi-cultural approach

Carolle Varughese, Lena Henry, Adam Morris, Sarah Bickerton, Nicholas Rattenbury, Cody Mankelow, Alice Gorman, Stevie Katavich-Barton, Priyanka Dhopade

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Abstract

Aotearoa New Zealand's emerging New Space economy provides an opportunity for key actors to focus on space and sustainability issues beyond space debris. The conflict between competing definitions and paradigms of sustainability highlights the importance of diverse values, assumptions, and drivers of change that shape the normative understanding of space sustainability issues. This paper recognises that Indigenous knowledges and practices are in parallel with systems-thinking and transdisciplinary approaches to space and sustainability. The aim of this paper is to describe how current actions can have long term impacts on using and accessing space commercially, scientifically, and culturally.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)684-701
Number of pages18
JournalACTA ASTRONAUTICA
Volume211
Early online date13 Jul 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2023

Keywords

  • Indigenous sustainability
  • Max of six for acta astronautica
  • Space debris
  • Space sustainability
  • Terrestrial sustainability
  • Transdisciplinary

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