Dr Adam Fish has been awarded a fellowship to conduct research on “Opening the Dronecode: The Privatisation of Urban Airspace in the United Kingdom.” over a period of 12 months. These awards enable well-established and distinguished researchers in the humanities and social sciences to devote themselves to a single research project of outstanding originality and significance.
Excerpt from the proposal:
"Amazon is privatising the airspace above the United Kingdom. The UK government is faced with the problem of regulating its airspace for the corporate use of unmanned aerial and autonomous vehicles, otherwise known as drones, to deliver packages and other services. NASA calls these aerial technologies “atmospheric platforms” (Cutts et al. nd) and they have the potential to alter the way the city is sensed from above and governed by city official and understood by urban planners. Atmospheric platforms enable vertical visions—advanced ways of seeing and sensing the world below—that transform distinctions in autonomy and sovereignty as they relate to the regulation of urban airspace. With input from urban planners, drone manufacturers, and federal regulators, this project will devise policy recommendations that address the impact of pro-corporate regulation of drones on the sovereignty of urban airspace in the UK."