Manish Patel (STEM) and Leslie Budd (FBL) have been awarded a grant of €350,000 by the European Space Agency (ESA) - in the face of fierce competition from a number of international management consultants - for the project 'Benefits of the European Space Agency Exploration Roadmap in Socioeconomics' (BEERS).
The project investigates and evaluates the socio-economic benefits of ESA space missions with respect to economic competitiveness and growth; new means to address global challenges/sustainable development goals and inspiration.
The project came about through collaboration between the Space Science and Exploration and Citizenship and Governance Strategic Research Areas.
The research team is also cross-Faculty. In addition to Manish and Leslie, the team includes Vic Pearson (STEM), Andrew Trigg (FASS), and Davide Villiani (STEM/FBL) and Sian Joel-Edgar (STEM). Steve Walker (STEM) will join the team in February.