Dr Cameron Hunter

Research Associate in Nuclear Politics

School/Department: History Politics and International Relations, School of



In 2021, I joined the School as a Researcher, having previously taught in a visiting capacity on Technology, Politics and War 2018-2019. I was previously a British Research Council Fellow at the Kluge Center, Library of Congress.

I specialise in bringing insights from critical theories of technology to contemporary issues around strategic weapons, with a particular focus on outer space and nuclear systems.


My research currently falls under two main strands:

Under the European Research Council project ""Towards a Third Nuclear Age,"" I am mapping out the impact of so-called ""emerging technologies"" on existing nuclear deterrence relationships in the Asia-Pacific region. I am particularly interested in Taiwanese agency, as a post-colonial entity possessing strategic, non-nuclear weapons situated in an environment of fraught ""great power"" politics.

A book project critiquing the technological determinism of predictions of a US-China arms race in outer space.


(0) (2019) The Forgotten First Iteration of the Chinese Space Threat to US National Security, Space Policy, Vol. 47, pp. 158-165

with Bowen, B. (2018) Donald Trump's Space Force isn't as new or as dangerous as it seems, The Journal of Space Safety Engineering, Vol. 5, p. 131

(2018) The ambivalent nuclear politics of Fallout video games, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, .


I am currently not available to supervise PhD students.


I have previously taught on modules such as Technology Politics and War Key Concepts in International Relations and International Theory.

Press and media

I am happy to provide expert interviews for journalists or broadcasters and have previously contributed to both print and radio items. To arrange an interview, please email me at my university email address above. I can assist with topics such as:

US-China space competition and cooperation

US nuclear strategy, policy and technology

The impact of ""emerging tech"" on military affairs, such as missile defence, anti-satellite weapons, artificial intelligence, cyber/network security and beyond

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