M. V. Ramana


Research Classification

Energy Production
Nuclear and Fusion

Research Interests

nuclear energy
nuclear disarmament
arms control
nuclear policy
risk of nuclear accidents
political economy of energy

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Research Methodology



Master's students
Doctoral students
  • political economy of nuclear energy
  • risk of accidental or inadvertent nuclear war
  • nuclear energy in developing countries
  • new nuclear reactor designs
  • international treaties promoting nuclear disarmament
  • fissile materials in India and Pakistan
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  • India and the Policy of No First Use of Nuclear Weapons (2018)
    Journal for Peace and Nuclear Disarmament, 1 (1), 152--168
  • Managing China’s coal power plants to address multiple environmental objectives (2018)
    Nature Sustainability, 1 (11), 693
  • Technical and social problems of nuclear waste (2018)
    Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Energy and Environment, 7 (4), e289
  • The Twenty Years’ Crisis of Nuclear South Asia, 1998–2018: A Workshop Report (2018)
    Journal for Peace and Nuclear Disarmament, 1 (2), 529--535
  • Scrambling to sell a nuclear Middle East (2016)
    Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 72 (1), 39--43
  • Back to the Future: Small Modular Reactors, Nuclear Fantasies, and Symbolic Convergence (2015)
    Science, Technology, & Human Values, 40 (1), 96--125
  • Flunking Atomic Audits (2015)
    Economic and Political Weekly, 47 (39), 7--8
  • The China Syndrome? Nuclear Power Growth and Safety After Fukushima (2015)
    Asian Perspective, 39 (4), 607--636
  • The Forgotten History of Small Nuclear Reactors (2015)
    IEEE Spectrum,
  • ‘One in infinity’: failing to learn from accidents and implications for nuclear safety in India (2014)
    Journal of Risk Research, 17 (1), 23--42
  • Asian War Machines (2014)
    Critical Asian Studies, 46 (2), 345--360
  • Breeder reactors: A possible connection between metal corrosion and sodium leaks (2014)
    Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 70 (3), 49--55
  • One size doesn’t fit all: Social priorities and technical conflicts for small modular reactors (2014)
    Energy Research & Social Science, 2, 115--124
  • Too Costly to Matter: Economics of Nuclear Power for Saudi Arabia (2014)
    Energy, 69, 682--694
  • Cost of electricity from the Jaitapur Nuclear Power Plant (2013)
    Economic and Political Weekly, XLVII (26\&2), 51--60
  • Licensing small modular reactors (2013)
    Energy, 61, 555--564
  • Nuclear Safety in India: Theoretical Perspectives and Empirical Evidence (2013)
    OUCIP Journal of International Studies, 1 (1), 49--72
  • Resource Requirements and Proliferation Risks Associated with Small Modular Reactors (2013)
    Nuclear Technology, 184, 121--129
  • Why India's electricity is likely to remain in short supply: The economics of nuclear power (2013)
    Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 69 (6), 67--78
  • The Power of Promise: Examining Nuclear Energy in India (2012)
  • Beyond our imagination: Fukushima and the problem of assessing risk (2011)
    Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists,
  • Choosing a standard reactor: International competition and domestic politics in Chinese nuclear policy (2011)
    Energy, 36 (12), 6779--6789
  • The Costs of Power: Plutonium and the Economics of India’s Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (2011)
    International Journal of Global Energy Issues, 35 (1), 1--23
  • The Enduring Power of Mass Production, Mass Consumption and Mass Destruction (2011)
    Development, 54 (2), 194--196
  • The Limits of Safety Analysis: Severe Nuclear Accident Possibilities at the PFBR (2011)
    Economic & Political Weekly, XLVI (43), 44--49
  • Safety First? Kaiga and Other Nuclear Stories (2010)
    Economic and Political Weekly, XLV (7), 47--54
  • The Environmental Impact Assessment Process for Nuclear Facilities: An Examination of the Indian Experience (2010)
    Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 30, 268--271
  • The Other Side of Nuclear Liability (2010)
    Economic and Political Weekly, XLV (16), 48--54
  • India and fast breeder reactors (2009)
    Science and Global Security, 17 (1), 54--67
  • Least Cost Principles and Electricity Planning for Karnataka (2009)
    Energy for Sustainable Development, 13 (4), 225--234
  • Nuclear Power: Economic, Safety, Health, and Environmental Issues of Near-Term Technologies (2009)
    Annual Review of Environment and Resources, 34, 127--52
  • Slow and Stunted: Plutonium Accounting and the Growth of Fast Breeder Reactors (2009)
    Energy Policy, 37, 5028--5036
  • Compromising Safety: Design Choices and Severe Accident Possibilities in India's Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (2008)
    Science and Global Security, 16, 87--114
  • Violating Letter and Spirit: Environmental Clearances for Koodankulam Reactors (2008)
    Economic and Political Weekly, XLIII (51), 14--18
  • Costing Plutonium: Economics of Reprocessing in India (2007)
    International Journal of Global Energy Issues, 27 (4), 454--471
  • Economics of Nuclear Power: Subsidies and Competitiveness (2007)
    Economic and Political Weekly, XLII (2), 169--171
  • Heavy Subsidies in Heavy Water (2007)
    Economic and Political Weekly, XLII (34), 3483--3490
  • Uranium Mining in Meghalaya: Simmering Problem (2007)
    Economic and Political Weekly, XLII (52), 13--17
  • Weapon-Grade Plutonium Production Potential in the Indian Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (2007)
    Science and Global Security, 15, 85--105
  • Economic and Environmental Costs of Nuclear Power (2006)
    Ninth Biennial Conference of the International Society of Ecological Economics,
  • Fissile Materials in South Asia and the Implications of the U.S.-India Nuclear Deal (2006)
    Science and Global Security, 14, 117--143
  • Fissile Materials in South Asia: The Implications of the U.S.-India Nuclear Deal (2006)
  • High Costs, Questionable Benefits of Reprocessing (2006)
    Economic and Political Weekly, XLI (47), 4848--4851
  • Twenty Years after Chernobyl: Debates and Lessons (2006)
    Economic and Political Weekly, XLI (18), 1743--1747
  • Economics of Nuclear Power from Heavy Water Reactors (2005)
    Economic and Political Weekly, XL (17), 1763--1773
  • Feeding the Nuclear Fire (2005)
    Economic and Political Weekly, XL (35), 3808--3812
  • An Estimate of India's Uranium Enrichment Capacity (2004)
    Science and Global Security, 12, 115--124
  • Making Weapons, Talking Peace: Resolving Dilemma of Nuclear Negotiations (2004)
    Economic and Political Weekly, XXXIX (29), 3221--3224
  • Possession and deployment of nuclear weapons in South Asia: An assessment of some risks (2002)
    Economic and Political Weekly, XXXVI (25), 2459--2466
  • Estimating nuclear waste production in India (2001)
    Current Science, 81 (11), 1458--1462
  • Risks and consequences of nuclear weapons accidents in South Asia (2000)
  • Beyond Lahore: From transparency to arms control (1999)
    Economic and Political Weekly, XXXIV (16-17), 938--942
  • Walking technicolor signatures at hadron colliders (1991)
    Physical Review D, 44 (9), 2678--2700

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