Yana is a lawyer, researcher, and advocate for dark sky protection. She is actively involved in initiatives related to dark sky protection and space law. Currently pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Ghent (Belgium), Yana’s research focuses on establishing a legal framework for recognizing light pollution as an environmental concern. On the space law front, she serves as the Deputy Executive Director at the Space Court Foundation Inc. and is involved in various projects related to space regulations, including the “Big Book of Space Law.”
Yana has successfully participated in international legal research projects in dark sky protection and space law, collaborating with organizations such as the EU Commission, Dark-Sky International, Starlight Foundation, International Astronomical Union, UNOOSA, among others. Leading a research group within the IAU CPS Policy Hub, Yana analyzes national approaches to protecting dark and quiet skies.
Additionally, Yana is a member and advisor of various NGOs, including Dark-Sky International (IDA), Starlight Foundation, and the International Institute of Space Law (IISL). In 2023, she became a board member and co-founder of the Belgian dark sky protection organization – Living Night.