Ian Crawford's research activities mostly lie in the fields of space exploration (especially lunar exploration), and the new science of astrobiology (the search for life in the Universe).
He has long had an interest in the future of space exploration. He is convinced that space exploration and development will prove to be of central importance for the future of humanity.
He is an honorary researcher at UCL's Department of Physics and Astronomy and a
fellow, and currently Senior Secretary, of the Royal Astronomical Society.