M. V. Ramana

M. V. Ramana obtained his Ph.D. in Physics from Boston University in 1994 and joined Princeton’s Program on Science and Global Security (SGS) in 1998. Between 2004 and 2009, he was at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Environment and Development in Bangalore, India. He is currently appointed jointly with SGS and the Nuclear Futures Laboratory and works on the future of nuclear energy in the context of climate change and nuclear disarmament. Ramana is the author of The Power of Promise: Examining Nuclear Energy in India, Penguin Books, New Delhi (2012). He is a member of the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and the International Panel on Fissile Materials.

Publications

S. Rajendran Pillai and M. V. Ramana,Breeder Reactors: A Possible Connection Between Metal Corrosion and Sodium Leaks,” Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 2014.

Ali Ahmad and M. V. Ramana,Too Costly to Matter: Economics of Nuclear Power for Saudi Arabia,” Energy, 2014.

Zia Mian and M. V. Ramana,Asian War Machines,” Critical Asian Studies, 46 (2) 2014.

M. V. Ramana and Ashwin Kumar,” “Nuclear Safety in India: Theoretical Perspectives and Empirical Evidence,” OUCIP Journal of International Studies, 1 (1), 2013.

M. V. Ramana, Laura Berzak Hopkins, and Alexander Glaser, “Licensing Small Modular Reactors,” Energy, 61, November 2013.

M. V. Ramana, “Why India’s Electricity is Likely to Remain in Short Supply: The Economics of Nuclear Power,” Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 69 (6) 2013.

M. V. Ramana and Ashwin Kumar, “‘One in Infinity’: Learning from Accidents and Lessons for Nuclear Safety in India,” Journal of Risk Research, 2013.

Alexander Glaser, Laura Berzak Hopkins, and M. V. Ramana,Resource Requirements and Proliferation Risks Associated with Small Modular Reactors,” Nuclear Technology, 184, October 2013.

M. V. Ramana, “Shifting Strategies and Precarious Progress: Nuclear Waste Management in Canada,” Energy Policy, 61, October 2013.

Suvrat Raju and M. V. Ramana,Cost of Electricity from the Jaitapur Nuclear Power Plant,” Economic and Political Weekly, XLVIII (26 & 27) 2013.

M. V. Ramana, “Nuclear Policy Responses to Fukushima: Exit, Voice, and Loyalty,” Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 69 (2) 2013.

M. V. Ramana,Flunking Atomic Audits: CAG Reports and Nuclear Power,” Economic and Political Weekly, XLVII (39) 2012.

M. V. Ramana, “Flight from Disarmament,” Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Online, 10 May 2012.

M. V. Ramana and Eri Saikawa, “ Choosing a Standard Reactor: International Competition and Domestic Politics in Chinese Nuclear Policy,” Energy, 36 (12) 2011.

Ashwin Kumar and M. V. Ramana,The Limits of Safety Analysis: Severe Nuclear Accident Possibilities at the PFBR,” Economic and Political Weekly, XLVI (43) 2011.

M. V. Ramana, “Nuclear Power and the Public,” Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 67 (4) 2011.

M. V. Ramana,”Beyond our Imagination: Fukushima and the Problem of Assessing Risk,” Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Online, 19 April 2011.

J. Y. Suchitra and M. V. Ramana,”The Costs of Power: Plutonium and the Economics of India’s Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor,” International Journal of Global Energy Issues, 35(1) 2011.

Suvrat Raju and M. V. Ramana,The Other Side of Nuclear Liability,” Economic and Political Weekly, XLV (16) 2010.

M. V. Ramana and Divya Badami Rao,”The Environmental Impact Assessment Process for Nuclear Facilities: An Examination of the Indian Experience,” Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 30 (4) 2010.

M. V. Ramana and Ashwin Kumar,”Safety First? Kaiga and Other Nuclear Stories,” Economic and Political Weekly, XLV (7) 2010.

M. V. Ramana,”Indian Nuclear Industry: Status and Prospects,” Nuclear Energy Futures Papers, The Centre for International Governance Innovation, Waterloo, Canada, December 2009.

M. V. Ramana and J. Y. Suchitra,”Slow and Stunted: Plutonium Accounting and the Growth of Fast Breeder Reactors in India,” Energy Policy, 37 (12) 2009.

M. V. Ramana,”Nuclear Power: Economic, Safety, Health, and Environmental Issues of Near-Term Technologies,” Annual Review of Environment and Resources, 34, November 2009.

M. V. Ramana,”India and Fast Breeder Reactors,” Science and Global Security, 17, 2009.

M. V. Ramana, “India’s Nuclear Enclave and the Practice of Secrecy,” in Itty Abraham (ed.) Nuclear Power and Atomic Publics, Indiana Press, Bloomington, 2009.

Divya Badami Rao and M. V. Ramana,Violating Letter and Spirit: Environmental Clearances for Koodankulam Reactors,” Economic and Political Weekly, XLIII (51) 2008.

Ashwin Kumar and M. V. Ramana,Compromising Safety: Design Choices and Severe Accident Possibilities in India’s Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor,” Science & Global Security, 16, 2008.

Zia Mian and M. V. Ramana,Going MAD: Ten Years of the Bomb in South Asia,” Economic and Political Weekly, XLIII (26 & 27) 2008.

U. A. Shimray and M. V. Ramana,Uranium Mining in Meghalaya: Simmering Problem,” Economic and Political Weekly, XLII (52) 2007.

Harold Feiveson, Jose Goldemberg and M. V. Ramana,Managing the Civilian Nuclear Fuel Cycle,” Global Fissile Material Report 2007, International Panel on Fissile Materials, Princeton, 2007.

M. V. Ramana,Heavy Subsidies in Heavy Water: Economics of Nuclear Power in India,” Economic and Political Weekly, XLII (34) 2007.

M. V. Ramana and J. Y. Suchitra, “Costing Plutonium: Economics of Reprocessing in India,” International Journal of Global Energy Issues, 27 (4) 2007.

Alexander Glaser and M. V. Ramana,Weapon-Grade Plutonium Production Potential in the Indian Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor,” Science & Global Security, 15 (2), 2007.