Research

Veterans & Families Institute
for Military Social Research

We carry out research, policy development and consultation on the impact of military service on veterans and their families.

Our academics work across disciplines including sociology, psychology, social policy, education, social work, nursing and ethics. Visiting Fellows provide additional expertise in psychiatry, clinical psychology and criminal justice.

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Since our inception, we've published reports and academic papers relating to both commissioned research and to areas of specific research interest.

Our research team has a growing domestic and international profile and is involved in NATO research on military to civilian transition and sexual violence, as well as collaborative work with universities from the Netherlands, United States of America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

We're represented on a number of national expert groups including the Confederation of Service Charities (COBSEO) cluster groups on Criminal Justice, Foreign and Commonwealth Personnel & Families and Research, as well as the NHS England Veterans Mental Health Round Table Group. We are also proud to host the Forces in Mind Research Centre and Veterans & Families Research Hub, a jointly-funded project to develop an online research repository and collaboration environment.

Find out more about our current and forthcoming projects below.

Our research projects

  • National audit of provision for Veterans in the Criminal Justice System

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    National audit of provision for Veterans in the Criminal Justice System

    We've worked collaboratively with Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) to produce a map of service providers who offer support to ex-Service personnel in the criminal justice system.

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  • Maintaining Independence Study

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    Maintaining Independence Study

    We've been commissioned, along with Northumbria University, to undertake research into the health and well-being of older veterans who have lost a limb either during or post-service.

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    Find out more about our Maintaining Independence Study

  • Blesma Families Study

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    Blesma Families Study

    We've been working in partnership with Blesma, the Limbless Veterans charity, to understand how veterans and families experience and manage living with limb loss.

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    Find out more about our Blesma Families Study

  • Early Service Leavers

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    Early Service Leavers

    We're currently conducting a scoping exercise to explore future research priorities regarding veterans classified as 'early service leavers'.

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    Find out more about our Early Service Leavers Study

  • Spousal Employment Support Programme

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    Spousal Employment Support Programme

    We've recently been awarded funding from the Forces in Mind Trust to carry out an evaluation of the Ministry of Defence’s Spousal Employment Support Programme (SESP).

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    Find out more about our evaluation of the Spousal Employment Support Programme

  • Forces in Mind Trust Research Centre

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    Forces in Mind Trust Research Centre

    We're proud to host the Forces in Mind Trust Research Centre, a research hub to improve understanding of veterans and families.

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    Find out more about the Forces in Mind Trust Research Centre

This gap in knowledge has shown that we can establish our position at the forefront of research and development in this poorly understood area.
Matt Fossey, Director