Research team

Biographical information


Director of the Foundation for Strategic Research since October 2016, Dr Xavier Pasco has also been coordinating research on Space, High Technology and Security. In particular, he is responsible for monitoring US civil and military space affairs and the United States' international strategy in the fields of high-tech space (civil and military).

He is also in charge of studies on future national and European programmes in the space sector, both in the civil and defence fields. In this capacity, he is the author of numerous reports on civil and military space activities carried out on behalf of national and European public bodies. Xavier Pasco has been a member of multiple ministerial and inter-ministerial working groups. He has also just been rapporteur for the report "A space ambition for Europe" published by the Centre d'analyse stratégique).

Dr Pasco participated in several projects related to the "Preparatory Action for Security Research" launched by the European Commission in 2004, and within the framework of the 6th and 7th European Research and Development Framework Programme (2007-2013). In this context, he coordinated the European cross-disciplinary research activity "Conditions for Space Policy and Related Action Plan Consolidation in Europe" supported by the Executive Research Agency of the European Union in 2010-2011.

He also coordinated European work on data policy for the future European space surveillance system as part of a study for the European Space Agency (ESA). It also coordinated (2011-2012) the study on the future European ground segment for earth observation for defence and security purposes for the European Defence Agency (EDA).

Professional experience

Xavier Pasco is a Senior Researcher at the Foundation for Strategic Research (since 1994).

He was a lecturer at the Institut d'Etudes politiques de Paris and an Associate Professor in Political Science at the University of Marne-la-Vallée.

He was also a Research Fellow at CREST-Ecole Polytechnique between 1989 and 1994.

Other ongoing activities

Xavier Pasco has been an Associate Research Fellow at the Space Policy Institute at George Washington University (Washington D.C., USA) since 1994.

He is the European Editor-in-Chief of the international quarterly journal "Space Policy" (Elsevier Science).

He is an expert at the European Economic and Social Council and a member of the International Academy of Astronautics.


Xavier Pasco holds a PhD in political science from the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne.