Welcome! I am a scholar in space politics with sociology training, a deep sea diver, a light aircraft pilot, a former temporary UN representative, and a documentary filmmaker. This diverse range of expertises help me better apprehending my topic of predilection: space habitats and crewed spaceflight training, with a double expertise in human factor and space policy.

My Ph.D. dissertation (defended in 2018, University of Bordeaux) emphasised European-Russian relations through the astronaut training and daily organisation of the International Space Station programme. This research was the first ethnographical survey of the ISS programme, now followed by the ERC funded ETHNO-ISS project (to cite only a few).

Between 2018 and 2021, I’ve been a lecturer at the State University of Saint-Petersburg (Russia), where I taught introduction to sociology, ethnography, visual methods and space policy.

While I started research in Science and Technology Studies, an increasing emphasis on the astronaut training as a “carnal and moral” education led me to focus on the materiality of space politics — and how this materiality (through bodies and artefacts) convey political meanings and affects. As part of this keen interest in visual methods, I recently started to develop art-based projects – you are welcome to check out about this in the “art-based projects” and “publications” sections.

As a certified diver (CMAS 3*, mixed gaz, dry suit, cave) fascinated by techniques and in the process of getting a deep sea commercial diver licence (Ecole Nationale des Scaphandriers/IMCA member), I’m also developing projects at the intersection of outer space and the oceans, including on underwater space habitats simulations, autonomous space suits, and space stations debris immersed in the Pacific Ocean. I’m investigating this outer space/deep sea nexus both as a practitioner, policy advisor, and researcher at the intersection of environmental politics, suit engineering, and space strategy.

My media presence, non-academic publications, and some policy analysis can be browsed on this page: https://juliepatarinjossec.com/media/.

You can reach me at: patarinjossec.julie[at]gmail[dot]com.

Credits photo: Edgar Martins.