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Professor Bhupendra Jasani

Visiting Professor

Department of War Studies
King's College London
London WC2R 2LS

Areas of interest

  • Military application of outer space
  • Peace keeping


Bhupendra Jasani  joined the Department of War Studies in 1990. He heads a programme on military uses of outer space and arms control verification, monitoring peace agreements and confidence building measures from space as well as issues related to nuclear, chemical and space weapons. He has an MSc in nuclear physics and a PhD in nuclear physics and nuclear medicine. Between 1958 and 1972, he worked for the British Medical Research Council and then joined the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) in Sweden in February 1972 before joining the Royal United Services Institute for Defence Studies, London, as a Rockwell International Fellow, in October 1987.


Teaching & knowledge transfer

  • Currently supervising a PhD student on “Space capabilities and European Space Policy”, and a MA dissertation on “The Role of Commercial Satellite Imagery for Treaty Verification with a Particular View on Decommissioned Nuclear Power Plants”.
  • Periodically he has lectures in the Department of War Studies on the nuclear weapons, strategic defence and militarization of space and space weapons.
  • For the past few years he has been giving lectures each year at the International Space University, Strasbourg, France on military uses of outer space, arms control and the use of commercial observation satellites for verification of treaties.

Knowledge transfer

  • A number of courses to members for the Taiwanese intelligence community. 
  • Several courses on the applications of civil satellite imagery for monitoring nuclear and chemical weapons proliferation and conventional weapons related targets for the intelligence community within the Japanese Perimeter’s cabinet office, the Ministry of foreign Affairs.
  • Visiting the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in Bangalore giving lectures on various security related applications of outer space. Most recently he was invited to give lectures at the National Institute for Advanced Studies (NIAS) in Bangalore.
  • At present he is discussing various ways to establish cooperation with NIAS, particularly in connection with his idea of establishing the Dhawan Chair in Space Policy at KCL.
  • Lectured at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre in Mumbai and at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses in Delhi on various nuclear and outer space related security policy areas.
  • Often asked to comment on nuclear and space defence related subjects on the national and international radio and television.
  • The methods and techniques being developed under the EC funded G-MOSAIC project will be adopted by a number of user groups.


  • Development of a “key” for various elements of nuclear fuel cycle: for example, nuclear research and power reactors, enrichment and reprocessing plants and uranium active and decommissioned mines.
  • Working on various issues related to space policy.
  • Developing techniques of monitoring conventional and chemical weapons from space.
  • Development of a second regional satellite in the Middle East, centre similar to the EUSC


Professor Jasani  is on the editorial board of the Space Policy; a journal that specifically deals with all aspects of outer space activities.
Apart from 25 scientific publications, he has published some 200 papers on nuclear and space arms control issues. He has written, edited and co-edited 19 books and monographs on these subjects.

For a list of Professor Jasani's recent publications, please refer to: Jasani Publications
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