Ray Purdy

Senior Research Fellow in Law


Ray Purdy's key area of expertise is the use of space technologies as evidence and their capacity to monitor and enforce laws, particularly environmental ones. He is currently engaged in a project on the use of satellite monitoring in fisheries enforcement for the Oxford Martin School Programme on Sustainable Oceans. He has previously conducted funded research in this field for the European Commission, the UK Space Agency, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Economic and Social Research Council, and the European Space Agency.

He has contributed to the UN’s Manual on Compliance with and Enforcement of Multilateral Environmental Agreements, a European Commission publication entitled Ensuring Environmental Compliance and Combating Environmental Crime and an INECE report on next generation compliance. His research has been directly reported within the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space General Assembly. He also has a research interest in environmental law and has been an expert reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the International Energy Agency. 

He is the founder of the world’s first space detective agency – Air and Space Evidence.


  • Satellite technologies and monitoring
  • Evidence from satellite technologies
  • Earth observation and law
  • Space detection

Media experience

Ray has extensive media experience across a range of national and international print, online and broadcast outlets including The Times, Financial Times, Daily Mail, The Sun, WIRED, New Scientist, Vice, Scientific American, BBC News, BBC World Service, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 5, BBC Radio London, Sky News, CNN, International Business Times, Delhi Daily News, The Herald Sun, RT, The Week, Huffington Post, Metro, News.com.au, USA News, Gazetta.Ru, Tech Times, Gizmodo, Toronto Telegraph, ABC (Australia), ABC South Australia Radio, ABC Queensland Radio, Sydney Morning Herald, Daily Telegraph (Australia), Daily Star (Bangladesh), Via Satellite, Channel 5 News, Business Spectator, Farmers Guardian, and Farmers Weekly.