REF 2021 Impact Case Study: Changing perceptions and policy to better manage radioactively contaminated land at Chernobyl


Description of impact

The University of Portsmouth’s (UoP) world-leading research and high-profile media engagement on radioactively contaminated lands in Ukraine has led to two key policy changes in the management of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone (CEZ) and the Compulsory Relocation Zone (combined area: 4,600km2). This has led to a major change in the strategy for managing surface waters in the CEZ and to the signing of an agreement, for the first time since 1991, to begin the legal process of re-zoning four settlements and surrounding land. It has led to the development of ATOMIK spirits, the first consumer product from Chernobyl, now in production.
Impact statusClosed
Impact date2015 → 2020


  • REF2021