Chaire de recherche du Canada en ÉPI

Université Laval

Équipe

Benjamin Richard est actuellement étudiant à la Maîtrise en études internationales (concentration relations internationales) de l'École supérieure d'études internationales de l'Université Laval.

Depuis le mois de mai 2020, Benjamin est auxiliaire de recherche à la Chaire de recherche du Canada en économie politique internationale.

Intérêts de recherche

Économie politique internationale ; accords commerciaux ; gouvernance internationale de l'environnement ; relations internationales.

 

Articles scientifiques

  • Morin, JF and B. Richard (2021) "Astro-Environmentalism: Toward a Polycentric Governance of Space Debris", Global Policy, accepted for publication. 


    The Earth’s orbital space is increasingly threatened by debris. It is frequently described as a common-pool resource vulnerable to a ‘tragedy of the commons’ scenario. Scholars have suggested ambitious policy proposals to tackle the tragedy of space debris and assure the sustainability of the Earth’s orbits. Their proposals can be classified into three categories: hierarchical regulations, economic incentives and property rights. All three categories require some form of central coordination. However, there might be an alternative approach to the problem and other potential solutions. Elinor Ostrom suggested that decentralized, polycentric systems are appropriate for governing common-pool resources. Anecdotal evidence suggests that a polycentric form of governance can encourage a more sustainable use of the Earth’s orbits.