The Geographies of Nuclear Warfare:
Future Spaces, Zones, and Technologies (2019)
In 2019, I wrote a chapter for an edited collection, A research Agenda for Military Geographies (2019) Ed. Rachel Woodward. Edward Elgar Publishing.
With the horrifying and extraordinary events now unfolding in Ukraine, I have had many people get in touch to find out more about the geographies of nuclear war, and how we got to this point.
In case it is helpful or informative about any of these issues, I have made a copy of my chapter on The Geographies of Nuclear Warfare available here as a free PDF you can download.
By Becky Alexis-Martin
Winner of the 2020 LHM Ling Outstanding First Book Prize
Disarming Doomsday explores the secret history of nuclear weapons by studying the places they build and tear apart, from Los Alamos to Hiroshima. It looks at the legacy of nuclear imperialism from weapons testing on Christmas Island and across the South Pacific, as well as the lasting harm this has caused to indigenous communities and the soldiers that conducted the tests... Find out more
‘A true gem – an unparalleled glimpse into the lives of global communities still deeply impacted by atomic technologies. Wonderful for teaching or developing a grounded understanding’
Images of Research Award
Dr Becky Alexis-Martin is the winner of the 2020 Images of Research Judges Choice Award for her photograph, titled Laughing in the Face of Death.
The photograph captures a moment when the elders of Kiritimati were looking at a photo album brought to the island by one of the British nuclear test veterans.
Dr Becky Alexis-Martin
Becky Alexis-Martin is a lecturer in cultural and political geography at Manchester Metropolitan University, with expertise in the cultural and social effects of nuclear warfare. She writes on the lives of nuclear test veteran families, and the cultural and social significance of nuclear places and spaces... Find out more
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A Social Study of British Nuclear Test Veteran Community Families
The Nuclear Families study has explored the lives of the UK atomic veterans and their descendants through questionnaires, semi-structured interviews, oral histories, workshops, participant-led events, participant observation, demographic analysis and archival research from 2016-2018. These approaches provided a snapshot into the current lives of this community with specific insights into their past experiences, present situation and future needs.... Find out more
The final report is publicly available, and free to download as a pdf.
Nuclear Geography is the study of nuclear places and spaces. Los Alamos, Hiroshima, Kiritimati, Lop Nor, Novaya Zemlya, Maralinga, Chernobyl - many places have been dramatically affected by nuclear technology. Nuclear Geography provides us with tools to study the cross section of benefits, challenges, and social phenomena that arise as we coexist with nuclear technology...
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