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Dr Olumide Adisa

Research Fellow/Head of Centre for Abuse Research


Dr Olumide Adisa


Telephone: (0)1473 338760

Twitter : @docadisa

Office: W124, Research Directorate

Olumide is a 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 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. 

Examples of her ongoing projects:

  • Domestic Violence and Abuse Research:

Mapping and unearthing complexity of the funding eco-system for local-level VAWG organisations

Increasing safety for those experiencing family and intimate relationship harm within black and minority ethnic communities, by responding to those who harm.

Victim’s Right to Review - Stalking and/or Harassment 

Mapping power to create a better world (in a context of domestic abuse) 

Examining Domestic Abuse Champions initiatives in the UK

The Norfolk and Suffolk “Project SafetyNet” (PSN+) pilot service for migrant domestic abuse victims.

The Economic Justice project --- routine screening for economic abuse into the delivery of domestic violence services (partners: Surviving Economic Abuse (SEA) and Solace Women's Aid)

Evaluation of the Domestic Abuse and Economic Abuse (DEAP) project (Banking element) (partners: SEA)

Evaluation of the Suffolk's Refuges and Satellite Accommodation

Domestic Abuse Research Network - Looking into the future 

Are MARACS fit for purpose? - a scoping study

Supporting more effective health service responses to survivors of violence and abuse: realist synthesis of self-assessment tools on improving disclosures and help-seeking 

  • Inequality: 

Evaluating a social mobility pilot project in Suffolk, in partnership with four secondary schools and Suffolk County Council (End date: Dec 2020)

Gender responsive equality impact assessments and local government budgets (End date: Nov 2019)

  • Voluntary, Community and Social Entreprise (VCSE) research

Public Perceptions of the VCSE sector in Suffolk, in partnership with Community Action Suffolk - completed September 2018.

Assessing the confidence levels of charity managers (risk, governance, and compliance to regulations) - completed September 2018.

Outside of academia, she boasts a successful bid portfolio of over a million pounds with major funders including BIG Lottery Funding, Heritage Lottery Fund, and BBC Children in Need, to support the work of various local, national and international charities and community groups. Olumide sits on the board of an international development organisation, Institute of Voluntary Sector Management providing research and strategic input and as a consultant. 

In her spare time, Olumide setup and managed the Suffolk Research Blog (2018-2019), an initiative that was supported by the Suffolk Foundation Board and academic colleagues at the University of Suffolk. 

Recent Reports and Publications: 

Adisa, O. (2020). Professionals perceptions of Maracs and barriers to attendance: Findings from the 'Are Maracs still fit  for purpose' Survey. University of Suffolk

Adisa, O. (2020). A summative evaluation of the Domestic and Economic Abuse Project. University of Suffolk. 

Allen K., Adisa O., & Tyrrell K., (2020). Evaluation of Suffolk's Domestic Abuse Champions Project. University of Suffolk. 

Adisa O. & Allen K., (2020). Supporting more effective health service responses to adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse: a realist synthesis of self-assessment tools in improving disclosures and help seeking. University of Suffolk. 

Adisa O., Allen K., Costello F., Meehan A. (2020). A scoping review of refuge provision models. University of Suffolk. 

Adisa O. (2020). Examining the social value of the Venta project. Phase 2 evaluation. Ipswich.

Khan, R., Kumari, M., and Adisa, O. (2020). Home Secretary - Open Letter: Hidden Harm Summit for Domestic Abuse 21 May 2020 COVID-19 Impact. Discussion Paper. UCLan, UK.

Adisa O. (2020). Examining the social value of the Venta project. Phase 2 evaluation. Ipswich. University of Suffolk. 

Adisa O. (2019). The effectiveness of interventions supporting migrant victims/survivors of domestic abuse: An evidence brief. University of Suffolk

Adisa O. and Costello F. (2019). Supporting victims of DA in safe accommodation. Evidence submission to Suffolk County Council.

Piddington I. and Adisa O. (2019).  Social Mobility Project (SMP) Update Paper. University of Suffolk.

Adisa O. (2019). The evaluation of Venta: a project aimed at the men who abuse women in Suffolk. Ipswich: University of Suffolk.

Adisa O. (2019). ‘Yemshaw V London Borough of Hounslow [2011] UKSC3’, in Justice Alliance, Legal Aid Matters. Legal Action Group: London, pp. 29.

Adisa O. (2019)Why are some older persons economically vulnerable and others not? The role of socio-demographic factors and economic resources,  Ageing International. Springer.

Adisa O. (2018). Third sector partnerships for older people: insights from live at home schemes in the UK, Working with Older People.

Adisa O. (2018). An evaluation of an alternative money advice service for survivors of domestic abuse. Ipswich: University of Suffolk.

Adisa O (2018). Process evaluation of the Social Mobility Pilot Project (SMPP). University of Suffolk.

Adisa, O. (2018). Access to Justice: Assessing the Impact of  the Magistrates' Court Closures in Suffolk. Ipswich: University of Suffolk. 

Adisa, O. (2016). The determinants and consequences of economic vulnerability among urban elderly Nigerians. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.

Adisa, O (2016). Mapping third sector partnerships in live at home schemes to foster learning and growth. Policy and Research Unit; Derby, Methodist Homes.

Adisa, O. (2016). A two-year review of the HomeWard Project: A partnership between MHA’s Horsforth Live at Home Scheme & the British Red Cross: Leeds. Methodist Homes.

Adisa, O. (2015). Investigating determinants of catastrophic health spending among poorly insured elderly households in urban Nigeria. International journal for equity in health, 14(1), 79.

Invited Reviews:

Building Better Societies (2017). Edited by Rowland Atkinson, Lisa McKenzie, and Simon Winlow. Policy Press. London School of Economics and Political Science Review of Books.

Published Blog Entries:

Adisa, O and Costello F. (2019, May 21):  Breaking the silence, seeking support, and PSN+: experiences of migrant women fleeing abuse

Adisa, O. (2018, Nov 29): Financial capability and domestic abuse: exploring the evidence base

Bridging the evidence gap: financial capability and domestic abuse, March 14th, 2018, FinCap, UK Financial Strategy.

Recent Conference Presentations:

  • Research and Public Engagement Conference, 13 Mar, 2020, Suffolk
  • Economic Abuse  and Coercive Behaviour (EACC) Talk, University of Law London, Nov 2019
  • Public Engagement Masterclass, Connecting Science, Wellcome Genome Campus, 8-10th July, 2019 Cambridge
  • Speaker, Improving Outcomes, Conference on Coercive Control, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, July 2nd, 2019
  • Organiser and Speaker, Launch of Domestic Abuse Research Network (DA at the Margins), 26th June, 2019, Ipswich
  • Speaker, What Works, Domestic Abuse at the Margins, NRPF Network Meeting, East of England LGA, 23rd April 2019
  • Invited Speaker/ Joint presentation with CAS at the Voice Event, Brightspace, Ipswich - Dec 2018
  • Invited Chair and Speaker, Banking for Change Conference, London- Dec 2018
  • Organiser and Speaker Approaches to Reducing Domestic Abuse, Ipswich - Nov 2018
  • Speaker, MARAC CPD Day, Suffolk, 23 Nov 2018; Presentation title: MARACS What Works? What does success look like?
  • Speaker and co-organiser, Approaches to Reducing Domestic Abuse, Suffolk, 3 Nov 2018
  • Panel organiser, Political Economy of Development, Domesticating the SDGs,ASA UK, 2018, Birmingham, September 11-13 2018.
  • Speaker, Making an Impact: Valuing the Social and Economic worth of the Voluntary and Community Sector, Liverpool, June 2018
  • Speaker, Centre for Violence Prevention 2018 Annual Conference, Violence Prevention at the Intersections of Identity and Experience, Worcester, June 2018
  • Speaker and Organiser; “Money Matters: Changing the lives of survivors of domestic abuse in Suffolk”, March 2018
  • Speaker, The Determinants and consequences of economic vulnerability amongst elderly people in Nigeria: Evidence from a national household survey. University of Bielefeld, Germany (August 1- 8, 2017).
  • Suffolk Domestic Abuse Partnership (SDAP) Presentation; “Data Sharing Agreements and developing a shared database on domestic abuse”; December 2017.
  • Trainer, Interviewing vulnerable groups - depth interviewing skills workshop, University of Suffolk, December 2017
  • Discussant, Access to Justice for Vulnerable People - International Conference; The Advocate's Gateway. Inns of Court College of Advocacy. London. June 2017.


PhD Supervision

I am keen to supervise PhD research either:

  • on areas that overlap with my own research interests, particularly examining domestic abuse at the margins
  • for students interested in access to justice issues that relate to vulnerable groups
  • or applying qualitative and quantitative methods in economic and sociological research

Current PhD students:

  • Carolyn Leader


Ongoing advisory assignments:

In collaboration with HOPE Training and ConsultancyHARM 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 and Professor Aisha Gill CBE.

Completed advisory assignments:

  • Black and minority ethnic Suffolk Support Group (BSSG)
  • Access to Justice Working Group, Suffolk
  • APP Working Group  - 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

Media contributions and coverage

I am available to respond to media queries around my research projects.

In the media:

 A look at how the court closure programme is impacting court users, The Law Society, 30 October 2018