Nuclear Families Project

The Project

The Nuclear Families project being delivered by the University of Southampton, will provide a contemporary approach to understand the lives of the families of British nuclear test veterans. The project will combine methodologies across the social and human sciences to explore this unique group. A new review of relevant literature will provide objective historical and social context to the study. A series of semi-structured interviews will be implemented to tackle themes pertaining to well-being, welfare, family dynamics, mental health, disability and stigma. Focus groups will be conducted to gain insights into group dynamics, thoughts and feelings, within the context of the cohort gaze. Finally, an ethnographic approach will provide a uniquely subjective overt participant observation of the family experience, in contrast to the other research methods. This programme of research will be complemented by demographic data and social media discourse, to contextualise the experiences of the cohort.

This project completed in May 2019. A copy of the final project report can be read on the website.

Project lead
Becky Alexis-Martin is the Project Organisation Lead for Nuclear Families. She has previously sustained research interests in radiation protection and the social impacts of nuclear emergencies, and this is a natural extension of her work. Her current aim for Nuclear Families is to create a new and cohesive body of research, pertaining to the ethics, anthropology and social effects of being a family member of a nuclear test veteran. She will lead a project which includes exploration of family dynamics, interpersonal relationships, well-being, and welfare, in partnership with other high-quality academics within the fields of social and human sciences.

Becky is a Research Fellow at the University of Southampton. Since joining as a doctoral researcher in 2012, she has become an established member of the Population, Health and Wellbeing research group, within the faculty of Human and Social Sciences.

Becky Alexis-Martin

Research Fellow Human Geography, University of Southampton

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