Mr Tom Vaughan MA Critical International Politics, Aberystwyth University; BA (Hons) Politics, University of Bristol

Mr Tom Vaughan


Department of International Politics

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My research addresses the technopolitics of nuclear weapons and infrastructure in South Africa, during and after apartheid, and the implications of nuclear technology for post-apartheid ‘transition’, domestic South African politics, and the international nuclear order at large. Via an interdisciplinary research philosophy, I propose a dialogical relationship between assumed ‘global’ and ‘local’ levels of political activity in nuclear politics, aiming to transcend the scholarly divide between accounts of ‘international’ nuclear politics on one hand, and ‘the social life of the bomb’ on the other.

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Professional affiliations:

BISA – Member

BISA Postgraduate Network (BISA-PGN) – Committee Member; Grants and Elections Officer


2017/2018 IP10320, War, Strategy, and Intelligence

2018/2019 IP20320, War, Politics, and Strategy


General research interests: Nuclear politics and world nuclear order, nuclear weapons, technopolitics, infrastructure, South Africa, apartheid, political transitions, colonialism and empire