Vaughan, Tom

Vaughan, Tom
Start date:
October 2017
Research Topic:
Nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament
Research Supervisor:
Dr Jan Ruzicka and Prof Mustapha K Pasha
Supervising school:
Department of International Politics,
Primary funding source:
ESRC Studentship

My research addresses the problems posed by an international nuclear non-proliferation (NNP) and control regime, increasingly seen as hierarchical, exclusive, and inadequate for the stated task of achieving meaningful and long-lasting nuclear disarmament, via regional experiences of nuclear activity.

The project will focus primarily on South Africa, a country which has had a unique encounter with nuclear weapons. It is home to many different communities and constituencies affected, in various ways, by the global nuclear complex.

Based on the premise that nuclear issues can be most effectively politicized by engaging with present-day injustices and harms, my aim is to investigate how the global non-proliferation regime can be made more equitable, effective, and responsive to demands of nuclear justice coming from the sub-state level.