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Dr Olumide Adisa

Researcher/Principal Investigator

Dr Olumide Adisa


Telephone: (0)1473 338760

Twitter : @docadisa

Office: W124, Graduate School Office

Prior to joining the University of Suffolk in March 2017, Olumide 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 amongst 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 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 economic development. She also teaches and contributes to development economics and research methodology courses.

Olumide is a member of the Suffolk Institute for Social and Economic Research. She currently works on a range of projects as a principal investigator.

Examples of her ongoing projects:

  • Domestic Abuse Research Cluster:

Evaluating the money advice for survivors of domestic abuse, in partnership with Anglia Care Trust - completed April 2018.

Evaluating the Norfolk and Suffolk “Project SafetyNet” pilot service for migrant domestic abuse victims.

The Venta project: working with male perpetrators of VACC (violence, abuse, coercion, and control), in partnership with Iceni.

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

Evaluation of the Suffolk Refuges - Suffolk County Council.

  • Community Justice:

Access to Justice: Assessing the Impact of  the Magistrates' Court Closures in Suffolk - report launched in July 2018, with Suffolk's Public Sector Leaders.

  • Inequality: 

Evaluating a social mobility pilot project in Suffolk, in partnership with four secondary schools and Suffolk County Council.

  • VCSE:

Public Perceptions of the VCSE sector in Suffolk, in partnership with Commuity 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. Olumide sits on the board of an international development organisation, Institute of Voluntary Sector Management providing research and strategic input; and as a consultant, she has worked with a grassroots Indian non-governmental organisation, the Society for Development through Education, to empower Adivasi tribes. 

In her spare time, Olumide is managing editor of the Suffolk Research Blog, an initiative supported by the Suffolk Foundation Board.

Recent Reports and Publications:

Adisa O. (2018)Why are some older persons economically vulnerable and others not? The role of socio-demographic factors and economic resources,  Ageing International (accepted).

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). 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.


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

Recent Conference Presentations:

  • 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.