BGU is currently running a pilot study known as ‘Behind the Bastion’.

When the UK Armed Forces deploy overseas, they operate out of static locations known as operational bases (OB). Historical evidence indicates that troops make these spaces ‘home’ through a range of ‘placemaking’ activities, including displaying photos, creating murals, building furniture, and erecting signposts. Combined with 'HESCO' walls, placemaking delinks OBs from the hostile surroundings. OBs, therefore, allow troops to mitigate the stresses, frustrations, and discomforts endemic in their everyday lives. ‘Behind the Bastion’ is exploring the relationship between the built environment and mental health in OBs.

If you are interested in finding out more about this project, please email