Nikita Chiu

Ad Astra Distinguished Fellow in Robotic & Outer Space Governance, Space Engineering Research Center; Head of Research, Innovation Academy, University College Dublin

Region:          Europe; Asia

Field:              Technology Policy; Global Space Governance; University-Industry-Government Co-operation, Triple Helix Innovation


Profile:     Dr Chiu is Ad Astra Distinguished Fellow in Robotic & Outer Space Governance at the Space Engineering Research Center. She is also Head of Research & Impact at the Innovation Academy at University College Dublin. Dr Chiu was selected as one of SSPI "20 under 35" future leaders to watch in the space and satellite industry in 2019.

Dr Chiu is the former Research Fellow in Robotics and Outer Space Technologies at the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford. She is also a former Research Affiliate at the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk at the University of Cambridge. Prior to a career in Technology Governance, Dr Chiu lectured on Foreign Policy and International Relations in Hong Kong and Tallinn, and was an Associate Lecturer in the UK.

Dr Chiu's ongoing research investigates the dynamics between technological advances and governance, with a focus on understanding the socio-economic, policy, and security impact brought by the increasing commercialization of robotics, quantum, and space technologies. An International Relations scholar by training, she read Technology Policy at St Edmund's College at the University of Cambridge, and holds a PhD from The Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva.