Here, we keep a record of outputs from the project – including publications, reports, conference presentations and others – which is continually updated.



  • Woodyer, T. (in press) War toys and cultural identity, Impact
  • Kirby, P. (2015). The girl on fire: The Hunger Games, feminist geopolitics and the contemporary female action hero. Geopolitics. DOI: 10.1080/14650045.2014.984835.


  • Carter, S., Kirby, P. & Woodyer, T. (2016) Ludic – or playful – geopolitics, in Benwell, M. & Hopkins, P. (eds) Children, Young People and Critical Geopolitics, Farnham: Ashgate, pp. 61-73.
  • Woodyer, T., Martin, D. & Carter, S. (2015) Ludic Geographies, in Horton, J. & Evans, B. (eds) Play, Recreation, Health and Wellbeing, Vol. 9 of Skelton, T. (ed.) Geographies of Children and Young People. Springer Singapore, pp. 1-18.


  • ‘War Games’: Research Report for Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, Plymouth (2016, August)
  • War Games’: Research Report for the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry (2015, November).
  • ‘War Games’: Research Report for the Historic Dockyard, Chatham (2015, October).
  • ‘War Games’: Research Report for Sea City Museum, Southampton (2015, September).
  • War Games: Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery, Carlisle (2014, November), based upon four days research at The Tullie House museum, this report analysed visitor engagement with the War Games exhibition, focusing upon whether the exhibition met visitors’ expectations and contained an appropriate mix between adult and child-orientated exhibits.
  • War Games: Research Report for Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens (2014, August), based upon research at the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, this report examined audience engagement with this exhibition, focussing particularly upon child/ parent interaction, visitor feedback and the geographies of visitor origin.
  • ‘War Games’: Research Report for the Museum of Childhood (2014, April), based upon a week-long period of ethnography at the Museum of Childhood in London, this report analysed and summarised some of the major ways through which visitors (both children and adults) engaged with this exhibition.


  • Woodyer, T. (2016) Are toys becoming more violent…and should we be worried? The Conversation, 2 June. Access here.
  • Kirby, P., Carter, S. & Woodyer, T. (2014) More than child’s play? History Today, 64 (12), pp. 20-27.
  • Woodyer, T., Carter, S. & Dodds, K. (2014) War games, Toy News, 147, p.25.
  • ‘Action Figures, Cultures of Militarism and Geopolitical Logics’ (2013, May), an online essay written for a non-academic audience, published on the V&A Museum of Childhood’s website as part of their War Games exhibition. The essay discusses the relationship between action figures and national cultures of militarism and changing attitudes to war. Access here.
  • ‘War Games’ (2014, Jan), an article in the UK Toy Fair edition of the trade journal, ‘Toy News’. The article introduced the project to an industry audience. This issue of the journal was distributed at the UK Toy Fair held in London in January 2014.
  • ‘War Games and the Cold War’ (2013, May), an online essay written for a non-academic audience, published on the V&A Museum of Childhood’s website as part of their War Games exhibition. This essay discusses the use of war games as a geopolitical training tool during the Cold War. Access here.


  • War Games: fantasy or reality? To what extent do war games reflect the context they were produced in and how war is perceived? 1800-2000 (designed for Key Stage 3). Access here.
  • War Games Exhibition trail (designed for family audience)
  • The research also featured in a volume on Armed Forces of the Issues Today learning resource series published by Independence Educational Publishers.



  • Ludic Geopolitics: playing with the imaginative geographies of war (2017, May). The Conference of Irish Geographers (Cork, Republic of Ireland).
  • Technologies of play and the child/military/entertainment industry nexus: video technologies as a democratising tool (2016, September). RGS-IBG Annual International Conference (London, UK).
  • Reimagining the cartographies of the war play dilemma: play as relational ethic (2016, September). Manchester Centre for Political Theory Annual Conference.
  • Ludic War: Playful Sensibilities and the Geopolitics of Militarism (2016). Geography Seminar Series (Newcastle University, UK).
  • Ludic Geopolitics: pacifism and militarism in War Games, then and now (2016, July). Alternate Spaces of War – 1914 to the Present Conference (Plymouth, UK).
  • Doing Ludic Geopolitics (2016, March). Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting (San Francisco, USA).
  • Ludic Geopolitics: Cultures of play, culture of war (2016, March). Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting (San Francisco, USA). Available here
  • Re-enchanting childhood through a consensual approach to theories of relationally (2016, March). Relational Approaches to Agency and Childhood Conference (Hildesheim, Germany).

  • Ludic Geopolitics (2015, September). Enthusiasm Futures workshop (Reading, UK).
  • Domesticating Geopolitics (2015, September), this double session at the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference (Exeter, UK) sought to explore the potential of notions of domesticating and the intimate for expanding our understanding of the geopolitical. It was sponsored by the RGS Social and Cultural Geography Research Group and the RGS Political geography Research Group.
  • Playing war: the action figure’s role in the domestic co-constitution of geopolitical cultures (2015, September), this presentation examined how geopolitical cultures are (re)configured in and through the space of the home, arguing that play and toys do not merely respond to geopolitical climates and cultures, but are co-constitutive of them. It was presented at RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, Exeter, UK. Available here
  • From the Great Game to Action Man: the geopolitics of play (2014, November), this presentation analysed linkages between recent militarism in the UK and popular culture, such as toys. It was part of the seminar series, ‘Gaming and games’, and was presented at the School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford, UK.
  • Re-enchantment with the British Military? From Action Man to the HMAF Toy Range (2014, August), this presentation sought to trace what might be called the ‘re-enchantment’ with the British military in recent years through an analysis of the ‘action figure’ toy. It was presented at the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, London, UK.
  • The Ludic Geopolitics of War Toys (2014, August), this presentation outlined our research into addressing war toys not just as ideological texts, but as objects in embodied playful practices embedded within wider geopolitical climates and cultures of militarism. It was presented at the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, London, UK. Available here
  • Play, Toys, War and Conflict (2014, May), this presentation was part of a roundtable discussion hosted by the University of Greenwich’s Centre for the Study of Play and Recreation as part of their Play, War, Toys and Conflict conference, UK.
  • Ludic Geopolitics (2013, April). Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting (Los Angeles, USA).


  • Teacher CPD Event (2016) Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery.
  • ‘Who Cares? Interventions with ‘unloved’ collections’  concept generation workshop (2014, April).


  • War and play (2016, July), this illustrated talk tied-in with the exhibition, War Games, and discussed some of the histories of war play, particularly in relation to the Cold War. It was presented at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery.
  • War and play (2015, July), this researcher-led tour of the War Games exhibition discussed some of the histories of war play. It was delivered at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry.
  • War and play (2014, October), this illustrated talk tied-in with the exhibition, War Games, and discussed some of the histories of war play, particularly in relation to the Cold War. It was presented at the Tullie House Museum, Carlisle.
  • The Political Geographies of War and Play (2014, July), this presentation was part of the University of Exeter’s Widening Participation scheme, Explore Geography, and introduced A-Level students to themes from the project.


TV and radio appearances on BBC World ServiceBBC Radio DevonBritish Forces Broadcasting Service, Newstalk (Ireland).

Interview for The Guardian Magazine

Press coverage in The Independent, The TimesThe Telegraph, The Guardian.

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