European Space Policy Institute

ESPI (Austria)

The European Space Policy Institute (ESPI), situated in Vienna, Austria, was established in November 2003, pursuant to a decision by the European Space Agency (ESA) Council. The Institute was co-founded by ESA and the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) of the Austrian Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology. Its membership is comprised of select institutions in the space sector including agencies, operators and companies. The membership has benefited from ESPI’s mandate to preserve its independence in the preparation of its various publications, research materials and expert gatherings. The Institute is advised by a Council of distinguished experts in the space field.
ESPI’s fundamental mission is to provide decision-makers with informed, cutting-edge views on mid- to long-term issues relevant to Europe’s space activities. It also seeks to enrich the global debate on challenging space-related issues. In this context, ESPI acts as an independent platform for developing studied positions and advancing agreed strategies. ESPI offers a number of research products, including Reports, Perspectives, two book series (i.e. Yearbook on Space Policy and Studies in Space Policy), Position Papers and Memoranda. These can be found online at the ESPI’s website.  ESPI is also a hub for researchers in the field of space policy, largely through its European Space Policy Research and Academic Network (ESPRAN). It supports the Presidency of the European Interparliamentary Space Conference (EISC) and manages the Ambassador Platform for the Central and Eastern European Region in the Integrated Applications Promotion (IAP) Programme.

Contact information

European Space Policy Institute - ESPI

Schwarzenbergplatz 6
1030 Vienna, Austria

Tel: +43 1 718 11 18 0
Fax: +43 1 718 11 18 99

The team

Spyros Pagkratis - Resident Fellow
Tel: +43 1 718 11 18 - 78 - Fax: +43 1 718 11 18 – 99


Spyros Pagkratis currently holds the position of Resident Fellow at the European Space Policy Institute in Vienna, which he joined in 2010. His fields of expertise include space policy, security and economy. He was the study leader of two annual ESPI Reports on “Space Policies, Issues and Trends” that provide a comprehensive overview and analysis of developments in the field of international space policies on a yearly basis. These ESPI Reports are among the Institute’s leading publications and they are presented as an information document to ESA member states’ delegations. He is also part of the editorial team and co-author of ESPI’s “Yearbook on Space Policy” annual flagship publication, as well as the editor of the “ESPI Perspectives” series. Prior to joining ESPI, he briefly worked as a space policy analyst with the Western European Union Assembly and EADS Astrium Space Transportation in Paris. He holds a degree in history from Athens University and two Master’s degrees, one in International Relations’ History from Sorbonne University, and the other in Defense Policy and Armament Procurement Planning from Panthéon/Assas University, in Paris. He has published articles in the field of space policy and economy, participated in international conferences and workshops on the subject, and he reviews articles for Acta Astronautica.


  • Space Policy
  • Space Security
  • Space Economy and Industrial Policy
  • International Relations 

Jana Robinson - Resident Fellow
Tel: +43 (0) 1 718 11 18 - 24 - Fax: +43 (0) 1 718 11 18 - 99


Jana Robinson has been Resident Fellow at the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) since December 2009.  She has published a number of articles on space security and sustainability in various journals and is Section Editor of an upcoming Handbook of Space Security of the Springer Publishing House. Prior to joining ESPI, she served as Development Director for the Prague Security Studies Institute (PSSI) from 2005–2009, a leading, Prague-based, non-profit public policy organization focused on security policy and studies. She was likewise responsible for the corporate establishment of PSSI Washington, a non-profit organization in Washington D.C., closely affiliated with PSSI Prague. She holds an MA in Asian Studies from George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, in Washington DC specializing in Asia-Pacific security issues and space policy, and an MA in Asian Studies from Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic. She received scholarships to attend the International Space University (ISU) 2009 Space Studies Program (SSP09), 2008 Summer Mandarin Training Course at the Mandarin Training Center of the National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei, and Shanghai University in 1999-2000.


  • Space policy
  • Space security
  • Asia-Pacific security
  • Transatlantic relations (NATO, EU)