Welcome to my personal and research website. I am a sociocultural anthropologist trained in science and technology studies. As Wikipedia has it, Science and Technology `studies – or science, technology and society studies (STS) – is the study of how society, politics, and culture affect scientific research and technological innovation, and how these, in turn, affect society, politics and culture.
My work to date deals with only one, yet one quite a complex question: What does it mean to be human in the Space Age? I am interested in how societies with access to space technologies today interact with space sciences, and reversely how space sciences change the concept of being human and the impact on people’s everyday lives.
Currently I am working on assessing the Socioeconomic Impact of Space Exploration as a Research Fellow at the European Space Agency (ESA), Human and Robotic Exploration directorate (HRE), based in the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in the Netherlands. The aim of the fellowship is to assist with the development of a systematic approach for defining, delivering and monitoring expected socioeconomic benefits from the European space exploration on society at large. These benefits address the scientific, economic, political and public dimension of space exploration and their relevance for the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals.
My early work was focused around the idea of ‘other’ life, changing concepts of life and world-views as shaped by the discoveries of science and applications of technology, and ultimately the transformations of human relations to outer space and the planet. This includes the social study of astrobiology and science communication, outreach, dissemination (Co-founder & Primary Investigator of the European Astrobiology and Society Resource Centre) and also the popular culture (Founder & Owner of Space Cultures)
I am an advocate of a multi- and inter-disciplinary dialogue, cooperation between and across the disciplines and the open science. This involves providing a more inclusive and equal access to science education and information. I am active in qualitative research, science policy development, and in delivering guest lectures, conference talks and outreach events worldwide. I am a co-lead editor of the white paper on Astrobiology and Society in Europe Today, member of Working Group on Philosophy and History of Astrobiology (Action TD1308 ORIGINS), European Astrobiology Network Association, Astrobiology Society of Britain and the Scientific Organising Committee of the International Working Group on Astrobioethics.
Persson, E., Abbott, J., Balkenius, C., Cabak Redei, A., Capova, K.A., Dravins, D., Dunér, D., Gunneflo, M., Hedlund, M., Johansson, M., Melin, A., Persson, P. (2019). How Will the Emerging Plurality of Lives Change How We Conceive of and Relate to Life? Challenges, 10:32. https://doi.org/10.3390/challe10010032
Capova, K. A. (2019). Human Extremophiles: Mars as a Camera Obscura of the Extraterrestrial Scientific Culture. In The Human Factor in a Mission to Mars. pp. 115-132. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-02059-0
Capova, K.A. (2018). Technoscientific Afterlives: Contemporary technoscientific practices and the changing cultural landscapes of postmodern spirituality. In: Massmann, A., Hays, Ch. (eds.) Deathless Hopes: Reinventions of Afterlife and Eschatological Beliefs. Altes Testament und Moderne 31, Vienna, Zurich: LIT.
Capova, K. A., Persson, E., Milligan, T., Dunér, D. (eds) (2018). Astrobiology and Society in Europe Today. Springer Briefs in Astronomy, Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-96265-8
Persson, E., Capova, K.A. and Li, Y., (2018). Attitudes towards the scientific search for extraterrestrial life among Swedish high school and university students. International Journal of Astrobiology, pp.1-9. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1473550417000556
Capova, K.A. (2017). Att presentera manniskan for utomjordingar (Introducing humans to the extraterrestrials, Swedish translation by Anna Cabak Redei). In: Abbott J., Persson E., (eds.). Liv: Utomjordiskt, Syntetiskt, Artificiellt. Pufendorf Institute for Advance Study Multidisciplinary Writing Series, Lund University.
Capova, K.A. (2016). The New Space Age in the making: Emergence of exo-mining, exo-burials and exo-marketing. International Journal of Astrobiology, 15(4), 307-310. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1473550416000185
Bell, S., Judson, E., Bulkeley, H., Powells, G., Capova, K.A., Lynch, D., (2015). Sociality and electricity in the United Kingdom: The influence of household dynamics on everyday consumption. Energy Research and Social Science, 9:98–106. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2015.08.027
Powells, G., Bell, S., Judson, E.P., Lyon, S.M., Wardle, R., Capova, K.A., Bulkeley, H., (2015). Fostering active network management through SMEs’ practises. Energy Efficiency, 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12053-015-9382-y
Capova, K.A. (2014). The Charming Science of the Other: The cultural analysis of the scientific search for life beyond earth. Department of Anthropology, Durham University. Department of Anthropology. Durham University. PhD. http://etheses.dur.ac.uk/8516/
Capova, K.A., (2013). The Detection of Extraterrestrial Life: Are We Ready? In: Vakoch D. (ed.). Astrobiology, History, and Society. Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-35983-5
Capova, K.A. (2008). The Voyager Message. Department of General Anthropology, Charles University in Prague. Masters.
Capova, K.A., Wardle, R., Bell, S., Lyon, S., Bulkeley, H.A., Matthews, P.C., Powells, G. (2015) High level summary of learning: electrical vehicle users. Technical Report. Northern Powergrid (Northeast) Limited, Newcastle upon Tyne.
Bell, S., Capova, K.A., Barteczko-Hibbert, C., Matthews, P.C., Wardle, R., Bulkeley, H.A., Lyon, S., Judson, E., Powells, G. (2015) High level summary of learning: heat pump customers. Technical Report. Northern Powergrid (Northeast) Limited, Newcastle upon Tyne.
CLNR Report Domestic Customers: Energy Practices and Flexibility (2015). K.A. Capova, G. Powells, H. Bulkeley & S. Lyon, Durham University.
CLNR Insight Report: Electric Vehicles (2014). R. Wardle, K.A. Capova, P. Matthews, S. Bell, G. Powells, H. Bulkeley, Durham University.