British Army Reserves research programme at RUSI, London

Researching the Volunteer Reserve at RUSI

The Future Reserves Research Programme Presents its Findings for Reserves Day 2018

For Reserves Day 2018, the Future Reserves Research Programme will present its findings at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London on 27 June. Speakers include Lt Gen. Sir Robin Brims, Brig. Gerhard Wheeler (Head of Reserves Policy, MOD) and Prof. Sarah Cunningham-Burley (University of Edinburgh).

Currently, the Future Reserves Research Programme has 4 projects running to help identify and understand the range of issues affecting reservist personnel in relation to different parts of their lives – family life, civilian jobs and military life.

Prof. Cunningham-Burley leads the ‘Negotiating Civilian and Military Lives’ project funded by the MOD and ESRC.

Brigadier Gerhard Wheeler, CBE, is Head of the Ministry of Defence directorate responsible for developing and implementing strategy and policies for the UK Reserve Forces, the Senior Responsible Officer for the Future Reserves programme, the Ministry of Defence owner of the Defence Relationship Management organisation and Secretary of the Reserves Executive Committee. Before taking on the job he was Commander of British Forces Afghanistan.

Lieutenant General Robin Vaughan Brims CB, CBE, DSO, DL (born 27 June 1951) was Commander of the Field Army at Land Command from 2005 to 2007 before retiring in 2008 and will chair the meeting at RUSI.

Aimed at MOD, policy makers, employers, Reservists, Armed Forces support organisations and community groups, the event will look at the findings from a research programme exploring how Reservists manage their military, working and family lives; and discuss what this means for ‘whole force’ integration.


Image: British Army Reservist soldiers of the 4th Batallion, The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment (4 LANCS), during Exercise Roman Star in Italy, training with elements of the Italian Army. Photograph by Cpl Andy Redd RLC (Crown Copyright, 2013).