From proposed settlements on Mars to the promise of space tourism and off-Earth mining, there is a growing desire for humanity’s future beyond this planet – and a growing technological ability to realise it. If we spread out into space – as tourists, miners, and perhaps even as colonists and settlers of distant planets – what kinds of worlds will we create? Who will potentially benefit and at whose expense? Join University of Sydney environmental philosopher and Associate Professor Thom van Dooren and UNSW Environment and Society Professor Matthew Kearnes as they consider our future in the universe.

Thom van Dooren (Australian)

Thom van Dooren

Thom van Dooren is a field philosopher and writer. He is currently an Associate Professor and Australian Research Council Future Fellow at the University of Sydney, Australia, and a Professor II in the Oslo School of Environmental Humanities at the University of Oslo, Norway. He is the author of Flight Ways: Life and Loss at the Edge of Extinction and The Wake of Crows: Living and Dying in Shared Worlds.

Matthew Kearnes (Australian)

Matthew Kearnes

Matthew Kearnes a professor and member of the of Environment and Society Research Group at the School of Humanities and Languages, University of New South Wales. Matthew’s research focuses on the social and political dimensions of technological and environmental change and is situated between the fields of Science and Technology Studies (STS) and human geography.

Angus Dalton (Australian)

Angus Dalton

Angus Dalton is the co-founding editor of Sweaty City, an independent magazine about climate change and urban ecology that launched in February 2020. His stories about octopuses, city-dwelling water dragons and rogue rescue dogs have appeared in Best Australian Science Writing 2019, Voiceworks, Overland and Australian Geographic. He has worked as the Editorial Manager of Good Reading magazine, Editor-in-Chief of Grapeshot and Fiction Intern at Kill Your Darlings. He is currently a Marketing & PR Executive at Simon & Schuster.