Olumide is a Senior Research Fellow and Head of Centre for Abuse Research at the University of Suffolk. She has a cross-disciplinary research experience straddling both economics and sociology. Her core specialisms are in applying economic and sociological methods in the fields of domestic abuse, social exclusion, health equity, and international development. She has completed several high impact, high profile complex research projects as a principal investigator and project lead.
Her work has had significant positive outcomes for community engagement and community impact. In 2017, she successfully undertook the only academic evaluation of the impact of court closures in the country and its implications for access to justice, and through this research, she has raised the profile of the access to justice impacts with government ministers, the media, and key stakeholders in the legal profession. This project was shortlisted for "Research Project of the Year" at the Staff and Students Awards 2019.
The successful completion of a high-quality NESTA Level 2 evaluation of Anglia Care Trust's money advice service in 2018 garnered winning testimonials from key stakeholders in the violence against women and girls sector and the Money and Pensions Service. Olumide is very interested in understanding the vulnerabilities that minoritised communities face and how we might best respond to domestic violence and abuse, particularly for those on the margins. Additionally, she is interested in research methodologies that explore new ways for understanding and tackling domestic abuse. In 2020, alongside 11 domestic abuse researchers, professionals and activists, Olumide has been featured in a national Digi-art project to celebrate black, Asian and ethnic minority women working in the field of domestic abuse.
Prior to joining the University of Suffolk in March 2017, Olumide headed the Development Unit at the Women's Equality Party, and worked as the Research Lead examining live at home schemes in the UK and the role of third sector partnership working at the Methodist Homes in helping older people live independently in their homes and has held various senior management positions in the voluntary sector in the UK and overseas over the last 10 years.
She completed her PhD in economic sociology at the University of Nottingham in 2016. Her doctoral thesis primarily applied statistics and econometric modelling to investigate and understand the determinants and the health consequences of economic vulnerability among ageing households in West Africa - using the NGHPS dataset collected by the World Bank and NBS in 2004 and 2010. She is extending the use of these household datasets to explore other health equity and vulnerability issues. Olumide is an ONS Accredited Researcher under the Digital Economy Act.
Olumide sits on the judging panel of Surviving Economic Abuse's best practice award for banks responding to economic abuse in the country. She is a founding member of the Suffolk Institute for Social and Economic Research. In 2019, she set up a Domestic Abuse Research Network for the East of England region.
In collaboration with HOPE Training and Consultancy, HARM Network and Sarah Wigley Associates, Olumide has been supporting an online platform for Black and Ethnic Minority communities to discuss how domestic and sexual violence/abuse are impacting survivors during Covid-19. So far, discussions have addressed issues such as the marginalisation of Black women/men/children's voices in public conversations about DA and the need for mainstream, accessible funding for Black and Minority Ethnic-led services. The calls have featured an incredible line-up of speakers, including Pragna Patel, Nazir Afzal OBE, David Lammy MP, Jess Phillips MP, Nicole Jacobs and Clare Waxman.
Completed and ongoing advisory assignments:
- Policy and Advisory Group Member, Women's Budget Group
- Call to Action Black, Asian and minoritised working group/National Action on Perpetrators, Drive
- Expert Advisor, Islington Law Centre
- Panel Member, COVID-19 Research Programme, The Health Foundation
- Black and Minority Ethnic Suffolk Support Group (BSSG)
- Access to Justice Working Group, West Suffolk Council/Suffolk PCC
- APP Working Group (Access and participation) - University of Suffolk
- Gender and racial inequality research project (Connecting Communities), Waltham Forest Council - with Polly Trenow and Rebecca Gill
- Rural women's participation in solar energy access - for CAPS Energy on behalf of the Government of Niger